International Foundation Programme in Engineering and Applied Science

Merun Gugelmann

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Merun Gugelmann

Entry requirements

Excellent grades from your secondary school (or equivalent), and a valid IELTS result from an approved UKVI test centre. 

Enter the challenging world of science and engineering with progression onto an undergraduate programme.

Develop your understanding of mathematics and physics to further your studies and kick start your career
Opportunity to progress onto an Aston undergraduate programme
Enjoy taster classes in a range of engineering disciplines
An excellent introduction to studying your chosen subject

1 year course.

Academic and entry requirements:

You must have attained excellent grades in your secondary school leaving certificate (Attestat or Year 12) or equivalent. Please use the link below to view standard entry requirements by country

Applicants who will be under 18 years of age at the start of the programme in September will be considered on individual basis upon receiving parental consent and evidence of a UK based guardian. 

English language requirements:

You will need a valid IELTS result from an approved UKVI test centre.  We require 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in each test).      

If you only hold the minimum listed above, you will be required to undertake English language modules as part of the programme. If you already meet the minimum 1st year English language entry requirements for your chosen degree programme, your English Language modules may be substituted with alternative modules.

Progression Requirement 

For any queries,please contact the Admissions Team on +44 (0)121 204 3400.

2018/19 fees:


The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

The Foundation Year provides a thorough grounding in the fundamental subjects necessary for you to become a respected and successful engineer or applied scientist.  You will study mathematics, physics and learn how to get the most out of your studies.  Engineering covers a wide range of disciplines and a unique feature of this programme is the opportunity for you to study either mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electronic engineering or computer science. 

Many students who come to the Foundation Programme lack confidence in their abilities to be successful at Mathematics and Physics.  Aston University provides a very supportive environment to all students, but in particular our Learning Development Centre provides additional help to Foundation Year students in terms of extra sessions in mathematics and physics led by experienced tutors.

Overview of Foundation Year compulsory modules:

Mathematics 1

To provide a foundation of basic mathematics to support the engineering & science modules within the Foundation programme.  This module will build your confidence and competence in fundamental mathematics.  You will study such topics as numbers, algebra, equations, geometry, trigonometry and graphs.

Mathematics 2
To build upon the basic mathematics of Mathematics 1 to provide a level of mathematics required for progression to the first year of engineering & science degree programmes.  In this module you will study: differential calculus, integral calculus, vectors, and complex numbers.

Academic English Language Skills 1 and 2
The purpose of these modules is to develop linguistic knowledge and skills to raise students’ English language proficiency as well as facilitate understanding and development of academic and study skills. The modules will cover the following areas:

  • English vocabulary and grammar as appropriate
  • English pronunciation as appropriate
  • Extensive reading
  • Extensive listening, including listening to lectures
  • Academic writing at sentence, paragraph and text level with focus on essay writing
  • Speaking individually and in groups, including giving presentations and taking part in seminars and discussions
  • Analytical and critical approach

Overview of Foundation Year optional modules:

Electronic Engineering Foundations
This module provides the necessary fundamental knowledge and skills required by an electronic engineer.  You will investigate direct current electrical circuits, capacitors, inductors, alternating current circuits, alternating and direct current generators and motors and digital electronics.

Chemistry and Chemical Foundations
To provide a general background to the fundamentals of the electronic structure of atoms and molecules and an introduction to the physical properties of elements and substances. You will study atoms and molecules, metals, organic and bio-organic materials, inorganic materials, organic chemistry.

Mechanical Engineering Foundations
To provide an introduction to mechanical engineering. To introduce experimental and design work involving mechanical engineering principles.  You will study such topics as applied mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

Fundamentals of Computing
This module is aimed at introducing some basic and essential computer programming skills that engineers or scientists may need and the fundamentals of computer systems.  You will study such topics basic components of a computer program, basic GUI components, program testing and documentation.

You will be taught at Aston University by Aston University staff. As for a University degree, you are expected to attend lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions.  You are also expected to study in your own time and make use of resources, such as the Library and the Learning Development Centre, where experienced and knowledgeable staff are available to assist you with your studies. You will be assessed by a variety of methods including written coursework, practical work, exams and presentations.

Interested? We'd love to hear from you.

Darren Campbell, Programme Director
Darren Campbell, Programme Director.

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