University of Bradford

Engineering Foundation Year (International) University of Bradford Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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The Engineering International Foundation Year gives you the skills you need to start an Engineering degree if you do not currently have the necessary mathematics or science qualifications.

You will need an IELTs of 5.5 in English to study the programme.

Successful completion enables you to go onto the first year of any of the following BEng courses:

*Chemical Engineering
*Civil and Structural Engineering
*Mechanical Engineering
*Biomedical Engineering

If you achieve a grade of 70% or above you are also able to progress directly to our four or five-year integrated Master’s programmes (MEng).

The Foundation Year gives you a strong grounding in the engineering fundamentals of mathematics, physics and materials. You’ll get an overview of each Engineering area, enabling you to choose the right discipline for you.

You’ll learn theory and apply this knowledge in varied practical work. The curriculum is aligned with year one of our BEng programmes, ensuring a smooth transition to your degree level studies. You will also take an Academic Reading and Writing module which will strengthen your English, and is taught in a technical engineering context.

Professional accreditation
If you proceed onto one of our BEng (Hons) or MEng courses from the Foundation Year, these courses are accredited by the relevant professional institution.

Course details


Year 1:

Course modules have a flexibility depending on your chosen specialist area of Engineering, with fundamental core modules providing a grounding for all Engineering disciplines.

Academic Reading and Writing (core)
Foundation Mathematics 1 (core)
Foundation Mathematics 2 (core)
Foundation Mechanics (core)
Foundation Physics (core)
Fundamentals of Materials (core)

Assessment method

Most modules use a mixture of formal lectures, tutorials and seminars. Some modules involve supervised group work, usually with an assigned academic staff member for each group. All modules require students to undertake independent study, supported through distance learning technologies such as our Virtual Learning Environment. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide further direction for students to undertake this work, and regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the courses provide opportunities for further guidance for learners. Assessments for modules mostly take the form of practical coursework and written exams..

How to apply

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code H102
Institution code B56
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 72 points 72 UCAS tariff points to include 1 GCE Advanced Level or an equivalent qualification and GCSE Mathematics at grade B/grade 6, plus GCSE English at grade D/grade 3 or equivalent.
A level DDD 72 UCAS points to include GCSE Mathematics at grade B/grade 6 and English at grade D/grade 3
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP To include GCSE Mathematics at grade B/grade 6


BTEC Extended Diploma (2010-2016) Any Engineering subject to include Mathematics for Engineering Technicians (Unit 4) at Pass


BTEC Extended Diploma (2010-2016) Construction and the Built Environment to include Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment (Unit 3) at Pass


BTEC Extended Diploma (2010-2016) Applied Science to include Mathematical Calculations for Science (Unit 7) and Using Statistics in Science (Unit 8)


BTEC Nationals Level 3 (from 2016) Any Engineering subject to include Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems (Unit 7) at Pass


GCSE English at grade D/grade 3
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher 72 UCAS tariff points to include SQA National 5 grade B in Mathematics and grade D in English
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme As UCAS tariff and Maths at Standard Level grade 5 plus Higher Level grade 2 or Standard Level grade 3 in English.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 72 UCAS tariff points plus Ordinary Level Mathematics at grade O3 and English Language at grade O5.

The University welcomes applications from students with a wide range of qualifications from the UK and overseas, including combinations of qualifications. To check whether your qualifications meet the entry requirements for this course, please contact the University.

English language requirements for the Engineering Foundation Year (International):
For International applicants the IELTS requirement is IELTS 5.5 with no sub test less than 5.0. (for international applicants who require a Tier 4 (student) visa to study, this needs to be a UKVI approved IELTS test.)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £12,190 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

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