About the course
This Foundation Year has been designed to give you a solid basis in studying engineering, allowing you to progress on to our engineering courses. 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 progress 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:
- Engineering science
- Electronic and electrical engineering
- Mechanical engineering
By looking at each STEM 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 Charlotte is studying Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons).
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.
Dr John Chai, Subject Area Leader, Mechanical and Automotive Engineering
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 will be taught in lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical sessions and 24.6% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions etc.
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.
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.
CCat A Level
64 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications in relevant subjects.
MPP in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.
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.
If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.
- 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).
- 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).
- Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
- 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.
- 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.
*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
**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.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, and contribute to society, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, find out more about our Research institutes and centres.
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.
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.
Changes to a course you have applied for
If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.
Changes to your course after you enrol as a student
We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:
Changes to option modules
Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.
We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.
For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.
Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.
Termination of course
In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.
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 Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.