Engineering Design with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS

Course summary

Created by our industry-experts and informed by regional engineering employers, this BEng (Hons) Engineering Design programme will teach you the skills and knowledge you’ll need to identify practical solutions to complex and interesting engineering challenges. This hands-on course puts sustainability, innovation and emerging technologies, at the core of all learning, making you an impressive candidate for future employers. Why study at BNU? Led by a dedicated teaching team with a wealth of experience, you’ll benefit from their insider-knowledge and the professional-network they bring with them. Our array of industry practitioners and working alumni will be involved in delivering guest lectures, masterclasses and workshops, site visits and where possible, contribute to the assessment of your work. During your three year degree programme, you'll learn hands-on practical skills to help you stand out to potential employers. You’ll get to grips with industry-standard equipment including in our computer aided design (CAD) suites, immersive virtual reality equipment and design studios ensuring upon graduation you are prepared for your exciting new career. Delivered through lectures, tutorials, and studio-based work, each of the modules you study will help to build your identity and specialist knowledge as an Engineering Designer. You will also work closely with other students across a range of disciplines allowing you to experience the professional structures you will be a part of in the workplace. Local to the University are high tech business clusters and with London only a short train ride away, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with representatives from industry during your course. What facilities can I use? We have a range of state-of-the-art-facilities for you to get hands-on with, here you’ll have access to Digital technologies and industry standard software including ECAD and MCAD software, MATLAB Simulink and SolidWorks. You’ll develop essential skills within our Engineering IT Studio, using programmes such as AutoCAD, 3d Studio Max, Rhino and Photoshop through structured lessons in IT/CAD/CAM suites and studios. You’ll also get hands-on with 3D printing and augmented reality (AR) technology. As well as this you’ll also will also have access to Digital technologies and industry standard software including ECAD and MCAD software, MATLAB Simulink and SolidWorks. What will I learn? This practical and hands-on course incorperates innovation and creativity at every stage of learning. During your time with us you’ll gain an exstensive knowledge and critical understanding of professional ethics, social and cultural values in engineering. You’ll study a broad range of engineering disciplines including:

  • Computer Aided Design and Simulation
  • Mechatronics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Thermofluids
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Sustainable Materials
  • Industry 4.0
  • Fabrication
  • Automation
  • Robotics
  • Science
  • Advanced Mechanical Principles.
With a focus on sustainability, you’ll learn skills to help you identify and solve engineering problems, whilst meeting the needs of the industry and the forward-thinking sector. At all levels of the course, employability skills have been built into the programme to prepare learners to gain work experience and acquire skills to secure employment on graduating. These activities will include practitioner visits, CV preparation, mock interviews, and production of a personal portfolio. Throughout the course you’ll have the opportunity to work on live-briefs set by engineering employers. Graduates of this course will be able to use a sound, evidence-based approach in applying innovative technologies, processes and systems and leadership skills to transform ideas into fully functioning real products, individually and working as a team, by meeting client, financial, environmental, quality, statutory and safety objectives.


Year one Core Modules Mathematics for Engineers Science and Materials for Engineers Fundamentals of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Computer Aided Design and Simulation Modelling and Analysis of Electromechanical Systems Individual Engineering Project and Management Year two Core Modules Engineering Design, Materials and Processes Strength of Materials and Mechanics Engineering Design and Fabrication lab Advanced Mechanical Principles, Dynamics and Control Virtual Engineering and Mechanical Simulations Thermodynamics, heat engines and Thermofluids Year three Core Modules Leadership and Management Design for Manufacture Emerging and Sustainable technologies for Engineers Research Project Option Modules Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Automation OR Advanced Engineering Design and Fabrication

Assessment method

A range of active teaching methods and authentic assessment strategies will be used during the course, with an emphasis on both practical and traditional teaching approaches. Laboratory sessions and a range of practical activities will build upon previous learning from lectures and tutorials. Traditional forms of assessment include; Written assignments Report Portfolio and digital models In-class assignments Computer-based test Set Presentations (for example, poster and oral) Proposal Dissertation You’ll study in a close-knit tutor group where everyone’s input is recognised and valued. Not only will you make friends for life, you’ll also make important connections that will last through your career, and you’ll form a network, just like you’d find in the working-world.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Fees and funding

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England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15150* Year 1
International £15150* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

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Engineering Design with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS