Earn a living whilst you complete your studies
Benefit from close links to industry
Opportunity to progress onto one of the BEng Professional Engineering programmes
Gain specialist knowledge required to further your career
Course outline and modules
The Foundation degree in Engineering at Aston is a degree-level course designed in collaboration with engineering employers, the Sector Skills Council and partner Further Education (FE) colleges, enabling you to gain the specialist knowledge and skills required to progress your career while earning a living.
Delivered by Aston’s Professional Engineering Centre, it will give you the opportunity to progress onto Aston’s BEng Professional Engineering bachelors degree, delivered on a blended distance learning basis, to further enhance your career prospects.
The course has academic accreditation from the Institution of Engineers and Technology (IET),one of the world’s leading professional societies for engineers and technicians, so your qualification will be recognised globally as meeting the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).
What you'll learn
The aim of the Foundation degree in Engineering course is to provide a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of Engineering, including relevant aspects of Business Management.It will also equip you with the necessary skills for a range of technology-based careers across a wide range of engineering sectors. Upon successful completion, you can fast-track onto Aston’s BEng in Professional Engineering which is delivered on a distance learning basis meaning minimal time away from the workplace.
Students spend most of their time doing a full-time job as well as studying for their degree part-time. Everything is structured to fit around the job and is designed in partnership with employers.
- A relevant National Certificate or Diploma in Engineering or related subject awarded at Merit or Distinction level.
- 2 ‘A’ levels (preferably including Mathematics or Physics), with supporting GCSEs at grade c or above, including Science, Technology or Mathematics.
- Equivalent Scottish or overseas qualifications to those listed above.
- If over 21, on the basis of experience or qualification deemed equivalent to those above.
- Candidates with appropriate level 4 plus qualifications may be allowed direct year 2 entry
Subject Specific Requirements
- Applicants should be in paid employment in which they can achieve the work based learning elements of the programme.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying for the course please contact us on the details below:
Aston Professional Education Centre
School of Engineering & Applied Science
Birmingham B4 7ET
Tel: +44 (0)121 204 5394
Learning, teaching and assessment
All teaching is delivered at Aston. Modules are delivered in two-week intensive blocks (approximately 13 weeks in total per year) with additional revision classes. The course is classed as full-time as you are expected to carry out work assignments whilst off campus, based around your current job role.
- Core modules
- Business Systems for Engineers (EE1F07); Managing work activities, costing systems and techniques; financial planning & control; project management
- Electromechanical Systems (EE1F04); Rotating magnetic fields; 3 phase induction motors; applications of power electronic drive systems; statics and dynamics; Beans shafts and Cylinders
- Principles of Electrical Engineering (EE1F05); Circuits; complex numbers; circuit theorems; per-unit analysis; three phase connections.
- Engineering Mathematics (EE1F06); Algebraic methods; Trigonometry; Calculus
- Electrical & Mechanical
- Energy Conversion & Energy Transfer (EE1F03); Magnetic materials and characteristics; self and mutual inductance; ideal transformer; energy and co-energy; thermal systems
- Gas Transmission
- Gas Engineering Principles (ME1F20); Natural gas characteristics; gas transmission; basic concepts of natural gas processing; acid gas treating
- Water Distribution & Treatment
- Hydraulics & Pumping Systems (EE1F30); Principles of channel flows, weir and flumes; Hydraulic profiling; Flow distribution, divisions and combination; Flow through hydraulic structures and unit process; Time varying flows through treatment; Pump system calculation; Principles and sizing of pumps; Sludge pumping systems; Pumping station design; Pump maintenance
At the end of Year 1, students may be awarded a Certificate in Higher Education or proceed to Year 2.
- Core Modules
- Data Acquisition & Control (EE2f10); Fundamental principles of instrumentation; transducers; telemetry; control; hardware; intrinsically safe systems
- Word Based Project (EE2F07); Self management and organisation; developing appropriate concepts and solutions; Project planning management; Design/Engineering implementation; Client liaison; Design/Engineering production; Recognition of needs and identifying problems; Professional practice; Research and the collection of information; Marketing; Selection and analysis
- Mathematical Methods (EE2F06); Laplace method of solution and applications relevant to electrical engineering; fourier analysis and applications relevant to electrical engineering; numerical techniques; statistical analyses of experimental data; computer modelling & simulation of simple electrical systems using spreadsheet and micro-cap
- Computer Aided Design (2D & 3D) EE2F11; Introduction to CAD, Design intent, robust modelling; Material properties and selection for purpose; Research methods; Introduction to CAE, virtual prototyping and testing; Static and dynamic analysis
- Thermodynamics Heat Transfer & Fluid Mechanics (EE2FG1); Fluid mechanics; heat transfer; thermodynamics; project
- Materials Technology (EE2F04); Basic properties of engineering materials; mechanical properties of materials, methods of fatigue testing; stress concentration factors
- Electrical Machines (EE2FG1); Materials and machine construction; Stator and field circuits; Machine parameters; Characteristics of synchronous machines; generator model; power system stability
- Substations, Transformers and Circuit-Breakers (EE2F04); Substation function; equipment and elements of a substation; earthing; auxiliary plant; vector grouping; cooling; banking/parallel operation; top changers; transformer maintenance, testing and commissioning; circuit breakers & switchgear
- Substations, Transformers and Circuit-Breakers (EE2F04); Substation function; equipment and elements of a substation; earthing; auxiliary plant; vector grouping; cooling; banking/parallel operation; top changers; transformer maintenance, testing and commissioning circuit breakers & switchgear
- Gas Transmission
- Elements of Gas Engineering (ME2F33); Natural gas compression; control elements and automation of gas transmission; pipelines design operation; business and environmental
- Materials Technology (ME2F21); Basic properties of engineering materials; mechanical properties of materials, methods of fatigue testing; stress concentration factors
- Water Distribution & Treatment
- Chemical Processes for the Water Industry (EE2F31); Fundamental chemical processes; associated with the water industry; fundamental drinking water processing; fundamental foul water processing
- Water and Waste-water Treatment Principles (EE2F32); Classification of water impurities; remediation strategies; water processing plant design; control strategies associated with treatment plants
At the end of year 2, students will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Engineering and may choose to proceed to Year 3 BEng (Hons) Professional Engineering.
This programme is assessed by assignments, formal lectures, tutorial classes, work-based projects and examinations.
Fees and scholarship
Outside EU for 2019/20: £13,900
Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.
Students who successfully complete the Foundation degree in Engineering have the opportunity to progress on to the BEng Professional Engineering full honours degree course at Aston, taught by blended distance learning meaning minimal time away from the workplace.
The BEng Professional Engineering degree course has been developed for engineers who would like to study a general professional engineering qualification, equipping you with the necessary skills for a range of technology-based careers across a wide range of engineering sectors.
The Foundation degree in Engineering at Aston is an IEng accredited degree course, fulfilling the education requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer when presented with an IEng accredited Bachelor's degree.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Why should I study a Foundation degree in Engineering at Aston University?
The Engineering foundation degree course at Aston allows you to gain the specialist knowledge and skills you need to progress your career in engineering while working and earning a wage.
- Why is IEng accreditation important?
Engineering Foundation degrees at Aston are accredited by the Institution of Engineers and Technology (IET), fulfilling the education requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer when presented with an IEng accredited Bachelor's degree.
- Why should I do a Foundation degree with Aston University?
Aston’s Foundation degrees are varied, flexible and accessible, with course content that is designed specifically for the industry they serve. They are delivered in collaboration with partner colleges and employers, so you will benefit from our close links with industry alongside expert teaching.
- Why should employers work with Aston University?
Aston University has strong links with business, industry and the public sector, and we have developed work-based learning programmes with organisations such as National Grid, SSE, E-ON UK, Royal Mail, and BP. These courses can benefit all organisations and businesses from large multinationals to small local companies.