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Not got the UCAS points required to start an undergraduate engineering degree? Returning to education or changing your career? This one-year course is the ideal way to prepare for degree study, with successful completion granting direct access to undergraduate engineering, manufacture, yacht design or electronics courses. By the time you start your course you will have acquired an essential portfolio of academic and subject specific skills, giving you the very best chance of achieving a high-level degree. Modules of study include a group technology project; an exploration of information and analysis; a theoretical and applied look at concepts and processes within technology; and a project relating directly to your chosen degree path. The degree related project is undertaken with the support of academics who will be teaching on the degree programme you have chosen. This ensures that the skills and knowledge which you develop during the foundation year will be directly applicable to your degree studies. Throughout your time at foundation level you will benefit from a supportive and student focused approach to learning. The course team have significant experience of working with students from a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds. Foundation courses are taught in relatively small groups with a focus on individual development and 'learning by doing'. This teaching style develops through the year, gently putting the emphasis on the learner in preparation for further study at degree level. Collaborative working is another key element of the course. From the start of the year you’ll work on both individual and group work, helping you to meet fellow students and develop group working skills. These are essential in the science and engineering industries, where cross-discipline working and teamwork are vital parts of delivering successful projects. A programme of study specifically designed to help students with unconventional qualifications to access degree programmes. What does this course lead to? This Foundation Year offers the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge you need to begin on one of our degree programmes. These can lead to challenging careers in the STEM industries, where graduate salaries and employment prospects are good and the work undertaken is critical to the economy. Who is this course for? This course is intended for students without the UCAS points for direct entry. This could be mature students returning to education, younger students without the required qualifications, or students looking to change career path after completing further education qualifications.
FOUNDATION MODULES Group Technology Project Information and Analysis Technology Concepts and Processes (Theory) Technology Concepts and Processes (Applied) Personal Development Planning Degree-Related Project On successful completion of the foundation year, you will automatically progress onto the Yacht and Powercraft Design course where you will study the following modules: YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Naval Architecture Computer Aided Design Marine Systems Marine Materials and Production Structural Mechanics Yacht Engineering Skills YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Resistance and Propulsion Computer Aided Modelling Sailing Yacht Design Motor Boat Design Applied Marine Systems Structural Analysis YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Computer Aided Engineering Project Structural Design For Production YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year) Advanced Naval Architecture Structural Design Theory Naval Architecture in the Workplace
Students experience a wide variety of assessment methods in preparation for their parent degrees. Coursework projects make up the majority of the final grade (83%). Practical exams will also take place (17%). There are no formal written examinations.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
IELTS minimum score of 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component reading, writing, listening and speaking. TOEFL (IBT) minimum score of 71 with a minimum of 19 in each component reading, writing, listening and speaking.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||5.5||with a minimum 5.0 in each individual component. This must be a Secure English Language Test (SELT)|
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.
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