Solent University (Southampton) has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
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. Units 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. Successful completion of the Science and Engineering foundation year will provide a pathway to the Mechanical Engineering degree. Southampton Solent University’s mechanical engineering programme focuses on applied engineering principles and places a strong emphasis on employability. Our experienced course team will help you to develop the range of theory based, professional and hands-on skills that employers in the industry are looking for. The engineering academic group’s extensive network of industry contacts has provided past students with the opportunity to work on live briefs, helping them to develop analytical, problem solving, team working and business and management skills. These elements can help students develop a range of transferable skills and help to ensure they are well prepared for a professional working environment. This course aims to provide students with the knowledge employers will require, from essential engineering concepts to mechanics, drawing, CAD and manufacturing skills. Critically, past students have been able to gain an insight into real-life engineering problems, tackling projects defined for them by our network of industry contacts.
Upon successful completion of the foundation year you will study:Year one*Core units*Applied Mathematics*CAD and the Design Process*Manufacturing Principles *Electrical Principles *Mechanical Principles *Professional and Study Skills*Year two*Core units *Applied Maths for Mechanical Systems*Engineering Materials*Modelling and Mechanics of Products*Quality and Product Development*Automation and Control*Year three*Core units *Analysis and Design Optimisation*Analysis of Materials and Structures*Manufacturing Operations*Major project
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are: IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual component TOEFL IBT 71 with a minimum of 19 in in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students or equivalent. Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University. The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course. Note to all international students requiring a visa: All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton 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 Southampton 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.
|UCAS Tariff||48 points||From completed A-levels, BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.|
|A level||DD||From a minimum of two completed A levels.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||PPP|
|AS||In combination with other qualifications.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MP|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||M|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||D|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||In combination with other qualifications.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||A|
|Extended Project||In combination with other qualifications.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||PPP|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||MP|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||MM|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma||MM|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||D|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate||D|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate||In combination with other qualifications.|
|AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh)||D|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh)||MM|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh)||MP|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh)||PPP|
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||5.5 overall with a minimum 5.0 in each individual component. If you are applying for a visa, you must have taken your IELTS at a registered SELT centre if studying below degree level.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||71||71 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component. Please note that TOEFL is only valid for EU students.|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Southampton 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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