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Engineering Foundation Year


2024 - 2025

Typical offer for 2024


UCAS code

Suitable for applications.

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Entry requirements

Typical offer - 72 UCAS tariff points.

A levels

DDD - there are no subject specific requirements.

T levels

Pass - Overall grading Pass (D or E in the Core) with no subject specific requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma

MMP - there are no specific subject requirements.

If GCSE Mathematics grade C/4 has not been achieved applicants should have one of the following:

  • 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

Applicants on Access Programmes

72 UCAS tariff points along with a minimum of GCSE Mathematics grade C/grade 4., There are no specific subject requirements.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

72 UCAS tariff points to include Maths at Standard Level grade 5.

Plus minimum of

GCSE Mathematics grade C/grade 4 and GCSE English grade D/grade 3 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements

We welcome applications from mature students who don’t meet the entry requirements above as we will take into consideration your work and life experience and any professional qualifications you may have. 

Please contact the Admissions Team at or 01274 236088 if you have any queries regarding your application.

You may also be eligible to apply for student finance - see further information including a link to a student finance calculator, and further advice for mature applicants can be found at UCAS.

English language requirements

For non-native English speakers, IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, and you have a UKVI approved IELTS, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.

Learning and assessment

The programme is taught in a traditional format: lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions.

We foster an active learning environment, especially in laboratory classes. Academic theory is presented though lectures, and knowledge and understanding is strengthened through the application of tutorials and example classes.

We have a mixed portfolio of assessments:

  • classroom tests
  • examinations
  • computer based tests
  • coursework
  • individual and group presentations

Many of our modules are linked, spanning two semesters.

We have specifically designed our assessment strategy to ensure that students are not heavily weighted with assessments in semester 2.

Typically for all modules there is least 15-30% given towards course work or some practical element of the module and 70% summative examination assessment.

Our facilities

We have a number of specialist laboratories equipped to cover a range of engineering disciplines. You'll have a dedicated technical support team to keep everything running smoothly, and will have access to high-spec IT facilities running industry-standard engineering applications and software.

Study support

Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally. 

We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment. 

Our support services include: 

  • Personal tutors 
  • Disability services 
  • Counselling services 
  • MyBradford student support centres 
  • The Students’ Union 
  • Chaplaincy and faith advisers 
  • An on-campus nursery 
  • Halls wardens 

We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus. 

Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills. 


Several prominent researchers are involved with the programme, including:

  • Dr Ben Whiteside of the Centre for Polymer Micro and Nano Technology
  • Dr Elaine Brown of the Centre for Advanced Materials Engineering
  • Professor Tahir Khan - 50th Anniversary Chair in Materials Engineering
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.