Foundation Year Science and Engineering degrees with a foundation year (Engineering route)

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All of our Engineering degrees provide project-based learning, helping you to develop the transferable skills and the multidisciplinary awareness so highly prized by industry. The Department of Engineering actively works with professional engineering institutions and encourages its students to engage with them. Our BEng (Hons) and BSc (Hons) courses are accredited by institutions affiliated to the UK Engineering Council.

The Foundation Year provides a route onto an Engineering degree if you don't have the qualifications or have not studied advanced level subjects sufficiently related to your course of choice.

After successful completion of the Engineering Foundation Year, you can progress on to the relevant BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons) degree:

Whichever route you take, you’ll have the skills and understanding you need to get started on your engineering career.

Features and Benefits

Engineering Futures Yearbook

Check out the fantastic project and design work from our 2018 graduates of the School of Engineering.

“The Foundation Year aims to give the fundamental academic skills and knowledge required for successful transition into degree-level study. Our academic and personal support helps to build your confidence and strength in your own abilities and adjust to university life and structure.”

Dr Saeed Abu-Zour, Foundation Year Coordinator, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Career Prospects

After successful completion of the Engineering Foundation Year, you can progress on to the relevant BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons) degree.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


A minimum of 72 - 80 Tariff Points from A level grades DDD - CDD or acceptable alternatives (such as level 3 BTEC  Extended Diploma MMP or BTEC Diploma DM).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade D or grade 3 in English Language and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English and Maths also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 74 UCAS tariff points.

International Baccalaureate points

24 IB Points

IELTS score required for international students

5.5 overall with not less than 5.5 in any element

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

Course details

On your Foundation Year in engineering, you will study engineering design and practice, physics, and mathematics, all to give you the technical know-how to go on to be great engineers and designers.  You will also develop the general academic and study skills required for degree-level work.

All Foundation Year students study the academic skills for higher education unit, which will help you to develop the academic and study skills required for degree-level work.

International and EU students whose first language is not English and who have an IELTS score of less than 6.0 will study an English language unit.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year guarantees automatic progression onto Year 1 of the degree you have chosen to study. Details of the course content of each degree can be found by selecting the relevant course in the A to Z list of courses.

You will study the following units:

  • Foundation Physics
  • Academic Skills for Higher Education
  • Foundation Mathematics for Engineering
  • Foundation Engineering Design and Practice

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Core Units

Foundation Physics

Using the basic principles of physics with test and measurement instrumentation to produce solutions to typical scientific problems It covers topics such as SI units: basic units, derived units, prefixes dimensions, dimensional analysis, homogeneity and forms of equations vectors and scalars, addition, subtraction and components; motion: graphical approaches and equations of motion. Newton's Laws of Motion, motion under gravity, projectiles, momentum, elastic and inelastic collisions, impulse, static and sliding friction, coefficients of friction; and work, energy, power, work done, potential and kinetic energy. 

Academic Skills for Higher Education

This unit covers topics such as: Academic Skills: Higher Education terminology, independent study, time management, note taking, reading techniques, academic writing, critical thinking and writing, referencing methods, exam techniques and oral presentations; Research Skills: Conducting a research project, research design and methodology, analysing and presenting research data;  Personal Development Planning: Reflection, skills profiling and action planning; Basic Number Work: Basic arithmetic; and mental calculations.

Foundation Mathematics for Engineering

Analytical and computational techniques in mathematics are essential tools for engineering design, modelling and testing. This unit develops students basic mathematical skills across a range of typical, real world problems in engineering and physical science. The unit prepares students for the mathematics units and the numerical project and design challenges on their engineering degrees, covering topics such as algebra, linear and polynomial equations, trigonometry, functions, calculus, sets and number systems.

Foundation Engineering Design and Practice

This unit helps you develop the essential design and practice skills from sketching to computer-aided design and coding, with workshop skills to build and test prototypes and to connect and control smart devices.

Option Units

English and Academic Practice (Optional Unit)

This unit is designed to provide those whose first language is not English and who come from outside the EU with the language and study skills needed for effective transfer to UK undergraduate courses at Manchester Met. You will learn to present themselves effectively in speaking and writing and to use printed, electronic and other materials and resources efficiently for higher education study. Course content will include language and study skills activities.

English for Academic Study (Optional Unit)
The unit focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking, from within both an academic and general context. The unit is designed for non-native English speakers to prepare them for the academic demands of their degree course, as well as helping them with daily English needs. The unit content is largely based on the development of academic skills, notably writing and speaking, to give you confidence in your written work and oral presentations. General English is also focused on, however, as the means to helps you develop your abilities in English communication needed outside the classroom.

Additional information about this course

This concerns the costings for the Foundation Year only. The students may then go on to other courses where the costings may be different.

Placement options

Selected degrees offer the option of pursuing a sandwich degree and spending a year on a work placement in a relevant industry.

Department of Engineering

Our Department of Engineering comprises more than 60 academic staff and post-doctoral researchers, supported by an experienced technical team and a wide range of specialist equipment and resources.

The school strives to align their research to the needs and challenges of industry and society, ensuring that research has a wide impact. Teaching and learning in the school are employability-focused, with a focus on practical skills and knowledge that reflects what students will do in engineering roles when they graduate.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

Students often choose to buy a laptop in their first year however there are PCs in campus and students can borrow laptops which are suited. There are no other costs in the Foundation Year. Beyond this point, the students will embark on separate courses that may have their own cost associations, which cannot be included as part of Foundation Year costing.


Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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