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Engineering International Foundation Year

Entry 2018: See entry requirements
Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: Other
UCAS code: H102
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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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:

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 with a strong grounding in 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/Recognition

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.

Why Bradford?

Our programme is:

  • flexible: enabling you to choose the right discipline for you as you progress
  • integrated: you’ll study in the same facilities, and with the same staff, as our BEng / Meng first year student
  • strongly focused on maths: 40 credits, a third of the programme
  • practical: with plenty of lab-based study and group work
  • taught by a multidisciplinary team of engineering and researchers

It’s an excellent way to top-up your skills and take the first step into an engineering career

We find degree students who have taken the foundation year excel in their studies because of their strong grounding in engineering principles, and the additional time to settle into studies and University life.

We offer outstanding Engineering facilities, a curriculum shaped by industry requirements and a highly-experienced teaching and support staff, committed to helping you achieve your study and career aspirations.

The University of Bradford offers international students a range of outstanding support services. You can find out more on our International website.

We were ranked top 10 in the UK in the International Student Barometer 2016. You can be sure of a warm welcome and all the support you need to make the transition to studying in the UK successful.


Entry requirements

A levels:

To include AS-level Maths or Physics.

Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

BTEC Extended Diploma:

MMM in Engineering to include the unit Mathematics for Engineering Technicians at Merit.

MMM in Construction and the Built Environment to include the unit Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment at Merit.

MMM in Applied Science - the following units must be taken:

  • Mathematical Calculations for Science
  • Using Statistics in Science
  • Energy changes, sources and applications
  • Electrical circuits and their applications

Plus at least one from:

  • Chemical periodicity and its applications
  • Chemical laboratory techniques
  • Industrial chemical reactions

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Not applicable.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or 4.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

The programme is intended to prepare students with appropriate qualifications so that they can enter into Stage 1 of a CEng accredited Engineering programme.

Year 1

  • Foundation Mathematics 1 (20 credits) - core
    To develop the basic skills of algebra and geometry and to introduce the mathematics of engineering, provide students with an appreciation of the breadth of engineering and develop computing skills.
  • Foundation Mathematics 2 (20 credits) - core
    To develop the basic skills of algebra, geometry and trigonometry and to introduce the mathematics of engineering.
  • Foundation Mechanics (20 credits) - core
    To develop the basic skills of statics, kinematics and dynamics and apply them to engineering problems.
  • Foundation Physics (20 credits) - core
    To introduce electricity and magnetism as a basis for an Engineering Degree programme, and to provide a quantitative understanding of the many phenomena that waves and vibrations exhibit that will be needed in engineering courses.
  • Fundamentals of Materials (20 credits) - core
    To develop knowledge and understanding of the influence of material structure (from atomic through to microstructural) on the chemical and physical properties of materials.
  • Academic Reading and Writing (20 credits) - core
    This module will develop your reading and writing skills to the required standard (B2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) to enable you to cope with university study.

At the end of the programme, students will be eligible to exit with the award of Certificate of Foundation Studies if they have successfully completed 120 Level 3 QCF/NQF credits and achieved the specified learning outcomes.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities 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.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

91% of our 2016 School of Engineering graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

Engineers are always in demand and you will find graduates in various roles across many sectors (e.g. Banking, Finance, Tech companies).

Engineers are excellent logical thinkers, have strong critical analysis skills and can make calculated decisions. This makes them versatile professionals with a strong varied skill set in high demand from employers.

An Engineering degree is a great starting point for a varied, flexible career path.

Our graduates pursue careers in all areas of engineering, automotive and manufacturing industry, but also in wider fields such as marketing, business management and public service work.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for employers such as Ford, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, and Toyota, in roles including graduate engineer, design engineer, process engineer, and CAD engineer.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 graduates from the School of Engineering was £25,207.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.


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 Engineerin


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • International: £11,890
  • Home/EU: £9,250

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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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.