Foundation Year Programmes


Science and Engineering

Do you want to study sciences, engineering,  and life sciences, but do not have the correct entry requirements? At Aston, we deliver programmes, designed to help students from a wide range of backgrounds who have an interest in any scientific or engineering area, but for whatever reason do not have the correct entry requirements to join the mainstream programmes immediately. If that describes you and you are interested in the multiplicity of programmes at Aston within Engineering and Applied Science, then read on. 

Engineering Foundation Programme

The Foundation Year within the School of Engineering and Applied Science is designed for students from a wide range of backgrounds who have an interest in Engineering, the Sciences and Computing.

The course attract entrants who, for whatever reasons, do not have qualifications at the expected level or in appropriate subjects for admission to the first year of Aston’s degree course, or where their qualifications are non-traditional for university entry. 

Our Foundation Year aims to fully prepare students with the knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and where relevant English language, to progress onto a degree course here at Aston University.

There are two Foundation Year courses: 

These courses have been developed over fifteen years and have equipped many students with the specific skills and knowledge to follow programmes in Engineering and Science. 

The courses cater for UK, EU and international students. Specialist provision is provided for international students who do not have English language skills at the right level for direct admission to the first year of Aston’s degree courses.

Science Foundation Programme

The Science Foundation is designed to prepare candidates for a successful transfer to a wide range of degree programmes leading to BSc degrees.

The year concentrates on elements of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics at a standard equivalent to GCE AS or A level modules. The focus is to provide you with experience of those scientific and mathematical concepts that are required for success on the undergraduate programmes in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, but you will also develop your knowledge of IT and computing. We don’t expect you to have advanced science qualifications, but an enthusiasm for science and a desire to learn are essential. Also, no previous IT knowledge is required. You will be given plenty of hands-on laboratory and IT experience during the year.

At enrolment onto the Foundation Year, you will have to indicate which BSc programme you wish to join and you will be advised on the standard process required to make the transfer.

Entry Requirements 

We accept well motivated and able students with a wide range of qualifications, including AVCEs, BTEC National, Access, non-science GCE A levels, as well as those with a science A level background. Offers are made on an individual basis. GCSE Mathematics, English Language and a science at grade C or above are also required ; equivalent qualifications are considered.

Applicants with non-standard academic backgrounds may be invited for an informal interview by the Admissions Tutor. Other suitable applicants are invited to attend a UCAS open day.

Students who apply for our standard engineering and science courses who have not studied the necessary pre-requisite subjects may be considered for entry onto the Foundation Year. 

Fees: £9,000 (Home/EU) £11,750 (Outside EU)

Teaching Methods & Assessment

Your week will typically contain 18 hours of lectures, tutorials and lab/project work. You will be given regular feedback on your progress throughout your first year. Assessment will cover coursework as well as end-of-year exams.


Applicants with non-standard academic backgrounds are invited for an informal interview by the Admissions Tutor. Other suitable applicants are invited to attend an open day. Students who apply for our standard engineering programmes who do not meet our entry requirements will automatically be considered for entry onto the Foundation Programmes.

If you are a UK or EU student, you should apply for admission to this degree programme through the UCAS scheme, details of which will be available from your school, college or careers advisory service.  

Alternatively, visit the UCAS website

Engineering and Applied Science Foundation Year (H100)

If you are an International Student (Non - EU) student wishing to apply for International Engineering and Applied Science Foundation Year Programme please see information here 

Further Information

Please contact:
School of Engineering & Applied Science
Tel: 0121 204 3400
Email: engineering@aston.ac.uk

For further details on degree programme content, teaching facilities, career prospects and sandwich placements, please consult the relevant subject entries, as listed below.

There is a separate page giving details of the Engineering and Science Foundation Programme for International Students.

On successful completion of the Foundation Year the following progression paths are open:


Foundation programme  UCAS code  Leads to...
Computer Science  H190 

Computer Science, Computing for Business, Multimedia Computing 

Engineering Foundation


Chemical Engineering (normal progression)

Electrical Electronic Engineering (normal progression) or to any of our Electronics Programmes by internal transfer

Mechanical Engineering (normal progression) or to BEng ElectroMechanical Engineering or to any of the Product Design suite by internal transfer

Science Foundation


Chemistry Programmes, Biological Chemistry Programmes


The range of programmes to which you might progress once the Foundation Year has been completed successfully is so wide that candidates are best advised to consult the separate Admissions Tutors for specific details.

New Engineering and Applied Science Foundation Degrees (FD) are also under development in partnership with local Colleges of Further and Higher Education:

Production Management
(with Matthew Boulton College)
Includes Analytical Methods, Project Management, Plant Operation and Performance, Design etc.

Software Engineering

(with City College, Birmingham)
Practical applications of computer programmes to solve everyday problems and challenges in the workplace

Electrical Power Engineering
Contact us for further information


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