International Foundation Programme in Engineering and Applied Science 2021

The International Foundation Programme in Engineering and Applied Science, which includes English language teaching, will set you on your way to a full degree course.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

No placements

Duration

1 year

UCAS code(s)

n/a

Start date

Overview
Explore the International Foundation Programme in Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University

Teaching staff from the Foundation Programme talk about the highlights of studying the International Foundation Programme in Engineering and Applied Science at Aston.

rebecca broadbent

“My favourite thing about teaching on the Foundation Programme in Engineering and Applied Science are the students. We have such a diverse cohort of students that the experiences and the perspectives that they bring to the classroom create this wonderful learning environment, both for me and the other students in the year.”

Rebecca Broadbent, Foundation Programme Teaching Fellow

International Foundation Programme in Engineering and Applied Science 2021
Courses
rebecca broadbent

“My favourite thing about teaching on the Foundation Programme in Engineering and Applied Science are the students. We have such a diverse cohort of students that the experiences and the perspectives that they bring to the classroom create this wonderful learning environment, both for me and the other students in the year.”

Rebecca Broadbent, Foundation Programme Teaching Fellow

Course outline and modules

'Our foundation course will prepare you fully for undergraduate study and provide a pathway to a degree of your choice. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability, so our foundation courses are also designed to prepare you for your future career. Our close links with business make this possible.  

On our International Foundation course you’ll have the opportunity to develop your English language skills as well as your subject-specific knowledge.  You’ll take a number of English modules, designed to develop your language knowledge and skills and help your understanding of academic and study skills.  

We have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support with mathematics and physics, and a Peer-Assisted Learning scheme. Group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey.  

Core modules and module choices

The core modules for progression for engineers are Mathematics, Physical Science & Engineering Foundations and English Language Skills. Engineering covers a wide range of disciplines and a unique feature of this programme is the opportunity for you to study a subject which will enable you to progress onto the degree of your choice.   
 
In addition to the core modules there are a number of choices available to you, which will lead you to your degree course.  
 
Biomedical Engineering Foundations 

Biomedical Engineering is a broad, interdisciplinary field that applies engineering principles to biology, medicine, and biotechnology. This module provides the fundamental knowledge of biomedical engineering as discipline, alongside with examples on application of available technologies for diagnostics, treatment, modelling and replacement of human body systems, organs or parts. 
 
Construction Project Management Foundations           

This module gives an overview on the largest industry in the world ‘the construction industry’ and its relevant disciplines. It provides the students with an introduction to the knowledge and skills involved in studying three main themes: Civil Engineering, Construction and Project Management. The module involves fundamental theoretical studies and some practical applications which provides a solid basis for those who want to study any subject within the construction field. 
 
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. 
 
Engineering a Sustainable Future 

This module has been designed to provide students with a wide overview of the meaning of ‘Sustainability’ and the implications of sustainable development. During the module you will learn concepts related to sustainability and how sustainability principles are translated into the business practice through a series of case studies. 
 
Foundation Chemistry I and II 

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. 
 
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. 
 
Mechanical Science I and II 

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. 
 
Systems and Logistics Foundations 

This module provides students with a fundamental knowledge of systems thinking, its role in engineering and the role of logistics in society. Topics such as logistics and supply chains, its management in society and the design and re-engineering of logistics networks will be introduced to the students. 
 
Transport Foundations 

Provides an introduction to transport, and its place within engineering.  Introduces you to the technology and practice that transport infrastructure and services are built on, and their place in society. Provides you with the key skills to enter a degree in this area. 
 
International students 

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 countries choose to study with us every year and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham, it’s also a great place to live. 

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability and our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.  

Choosing to start your Aston journey with one of our foundation programmes will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from academics and group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey. We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offer pre-sessional English language programmes. 

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.

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

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.

Learning, teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning styles on our courses and place particular emphasis on project-based learning and hands-on experience. You will attend lectures, tutorials and spend time on practical experiments and projects in the laboratory.   
 
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 staff are available to help you.

Core modules studied are:

  • Mathematics 1
  • Mathematics 2
  • Mathematics 3
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering Foundations I
  • Academic English Language Skills I and II

Additional module choices

  • Biomedical Engineering Foundations
  • Construction Project Management Foundations
  • Electronic Engineering Foundations
  • Engineering a Sustainable Future
  • Foundation Chemistry I and II
  • Fundamentals of Computing
  • Mechanical Science I and II
  • Systems and Logistics Foundations
  • Transport Foundations
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering Foundations II

 
Assessment is through a combination of coursework, practical work, exams and presentations. 

Fees and scholarships

2021/22 tuition fees: £14,500* 


*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.

Career prospects

Please note that all modules studied during the degree must be passed in order for a student to progress onto a degree programme.

Provided suitable grades are achieved at the end of the course, progression onto a degree programme is guaranteed.

A student can progress to Engineering and Applied Science undergraduate degree programmes through this programme if they meet the appropriate course related criteria. Please see the table indicating the progression criteria and module which need to be studied for progression.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose the International Foundation in Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University?

The International Foundation in Engineering and Applied Science course, which includes English language teaching will set you on your way to a full degree course in a subject of your choice. 

What will I be doing on the International Foundation in Engineering and Applied Science course at Aston? 

You’ll cover a range of core modules as well as choosing the specialist modules that will enable you to progress to a full degree.  

Why should international students choose Aston University? 

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries chose to study with us every year and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham it’s also a great place to live. 

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career.  

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. 

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