Engineering Foundation Year

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Electronic, electrical and mechanical engineering – this Foundation Year looks at a range of engineering subjects to prepare you for degree-level study.

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

Year 0 of a 4 or 5 year full-time degree

UCAS Code

H108

Places available (subject to change)

80

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473116

About the course

This Foundation Year has been designed to give you an excellent route into studying engineering. Perhaps you’re fascinated by engineering, but have never formally studied the subject. Or you may have decided on a career change. It could also be ideal if you do not have the usual academic qualifications to study at degree level.

The Foundation Year isn’t a stand-alone course, but makes up the first year of your studies leading to a BEng or MEng degree in our Electronic or Mechanical Engineering course suites at Huddersfield. To go on to a degree, you must gain an average mark of 50%, and have passed each component of your Foundation Year.

On the Foundation Year you’ll have the chance to develop the academic knowledge and explore skills you need to obtain a BEng(Hons). We’ll cover mathematics and engineering science, and we’ll also introduce you to electronic, electrical and mechanical engineering. By looking at each discipline in turn, we give you the flexibility to try new things and decide which degree is right for you.

During your studies you’ll have the chance to develop a range of transferable skills, including research, report writing and presentations. All these skills could prove useful in any career.

You might like to hear what students on our engineering courses have to say about studying at the University of Huddersfield. Jaimin is studying Electronic Engineering and Computer Systems BEng(Hons) and Ryan is studying Mechanical Engineering MEng.

At Huddersfield we're passionate about Engineering.  We aim to help you realise your potential and gain the knowledge to succeed. You'll have access to industry standard facilities and be supported by the teaching team which has a wealth of professional experience, and is always there to lend you a helping hand.

Leigh Fleming

Dr Leigh Fleming, Subject Area Leader, Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

Entry requirements

64 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications in relevant subjects.

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.
  • 64 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

Other suitable skills or experience will be considered.

In addition you must have GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Come along to our Open Day


At Huddersfield we’re passionate about engineering. Hear here about how our courses are designed to combine industry knowledge and academic theory with practical experience to support you in graduating ready for work or further study. Come along to one of our Open Days to find out more.

Course Detail

Foundation Mathematics

This module provides you with an introduction to the mathematics necessary for entry to undergraduate engineering courses at the University. A broad experience of school mathematics up to GCSE level is expected on entry. Topics covered include algebra, graphs and sets, followed by trigonometry and calculus. These topics are approached from a practical point of view, and numerous applications are discussed.

Foundations of Engineering

This module has been designed to help to develop your intellectual, analytical and experimental skills and to introduce you to the scientific method of enquiry, which you'll need to employ throughout your studies. You'll be supported in using these methods in the study of mechanics and electrical engineering fundamentals and during experimental testing of mechanical and electrical systems. The combination of lectures and tutorials supported by laboratory work aims to help you gain confidence with this essential engineering science.

Communication and Research

This module aims to provide a useful introduction to degree level research. It covers many aspects of research, including using the University's library and electronic resources, and evaluating other online sources. Also, you will be given the chance to explore the structure of reports for a science-based topic. This module aims to hone your academic writing skills, and to help you produce well researched, and well written assignments throughout your university career.

Engineering Investigative Studies

This module aims to provide you with a broad overview of basic electrical and mechanical approaches to engineering investigations. The material is quite varied so that you have the opportunity to acquire a good understanding of the nature of engineering. The electrical syllabus involves a programme of laboratory work, where you are expected to keep complete and accurate records of experimental work. The mechanical syllabus comprises of investigating how to convey design information to others, interpreting engineering drawings and undertaking some basic computer aided design (CAD) work. You also have the chance to study engineering investigations and how, as engineers, we can learn from engineering failures and how these can lead to design improvements.

You’ll be supported in gaining a sound foundation in mathematics and engineering science. We will introduce you to principles of electronic, electrical and mechanical engineering, helping you to decide which degree course may be suitable to your career aspirations. You will also develop a range of transferable skills in such areas as research, report writing and presentations.

You will be taught in lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical sessions.

Assessment of your progress is made through assignments, exams and projects, with a focus on practical work. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. As this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

 

 

 

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


The average starting salary for an engineering graduate working in the UK is £27,079.

£27,079Average starting salary

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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