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Engineering Foundation Year 2017/18 entry

Course code:

H101

Study options:

4 years

 

Location:

CU London

Starting:

September 2017
November 2017
January 2018
February 2018
April 2018
June 2018

Fees:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

0203 873 0700


Overview

Our Foundation Year courses offer an introduction to your chosen subject and are an ideal route to degree level qualifications, helping you develop the necessary skills for further study.

A highly-respected discipline, this qualification gives you a broad and diverse career path, from law, to business and even medicine. Engineers are always in demand and with the right skills and a degree level qualification, this industry can lead you to frequent travel, passion projects and a very fulfilling career.

This Foundation Year is ideal for those looking to start a career in the engineering industry. It provides you with opportunities to develop fundamental knowledge and skills in a range of mathematical and business principles, as well as the theories and concepts of electrical and mechanical engineering. 

The course enables students who successfully pass to automatically progress to the Combined Engineering BSc (Hons) Degree course at CU London, subject to meeting specific entry criteria.

Why CU London

We are committed to delivering a modern university experience to all our students. Our unique timetable and teaching structure gives you flexibility and our small class sizes ensure students receive plenty of contact hours with tutors. We are also dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we kept our fees low, our timetable structured and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.

Employability

Dedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment

Top Quality Courses

Taught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University

No End of Year Exams

Our modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress

Professional Recognition

Specific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies

Course information

If you want to start a career in the engineering industry, this course aims to provide the fundamental knowledge and skills needed in a range of mathematical and business principles, as well as the theories and concepts of electrical and mechanical engineering. If you successfully pass all modules you can continue your studies with us on to year one of the BSc (Hons) Degree in Combined Engineering, subject to meeting specific entry criteria.

Academic and Professional Practice
This module is aimed at creating a culture of careful learning and self-reflection, where you’ll be encouraged to recognise the strengths and weaknesses and take ownership of your development. You’ll be introduced to a range of skills that will aid you throughout the programme and further study, such as time management, planning and resource management and interpersonal skills.

In addition, you also gain employment skills such as, digital proficiency in MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint etc.), team management, communication, planning skills and more. We will also cover plagiarism, referencing, library skills and professional standard skills, alongside lectures on ethics, health and safety and technical skills, so that you receive thorough, full-circle training.

Fundamental Engineering Mathematics
This module provides you with fundamental mathematical knowledge and skills required to understand engineering and physical concepts. You’ll be equipped to turn real-world problems into mathematical problems and present mathematical and logical arguments. Gaining the ability to use and apply algebraic methods and trigonometry, you’ll also cover key concepts crucial to the fundamental principles in engineering, including, geometry, algebra, calculus, trigonometry and computation of volumes. We also work with you to develop key organisation skills and project management basics to aid your development and learning ability.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Fundamentals
Covering the laws of electric circuits and electrical engineering, this module aims to introduce a basic analysis and design of electric circuits using DC and AC power sources. Assisted by our professional academics, you’ll have the opportunity to work with industry standard software to analyse techniques and identify and solve problems on electrical circuits. You’ll also understand the basic laws of magnetism as applied to electrical circuits.

Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals
This module delves into the fundamental knowledge of mechanical engineering principles and concepts. Underpinned by the application of mathematics and physics, concepts covered include fundamentals of energy, design, manufacturing, materials and engineering mechanics.

In addition, you’ll gain specific knowledge in mechanics, transport phenomena and thermodynamics.

Course Specification
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In more detail...

  • You will receive support with applying for short and long-term placements, to gain the experience employers desire, with our Careers & Employability department.
  • We keep our fees low to make higher education more accessible to everyone. This means you benefit from an amazing modern university experience, at a competitive price.
  • Small tutorial group sessions of up to five people ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need, whenever you need it.
  • We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.

Your main study themes are:

  • Academic Skills: You will improve and refine key academic skills needed for progression into higher education and industry application. These skills include research methods, communication skills, referencing skills, presentation skills and more.
  • Independent and Autonomous Working: You will gain the ability to critically appraise an engineering scenario, with a view to apply modern technologies to improve efficiency or effectiveness.
  • Industry Adaptation: You’ll study factors that influence engineering, policies and processes.
  • Project Management: You will be effective and efficient in project management, time management and organisation. You will be introduced to a number of applications and processes to facilitate the successful development of management skills.
  • Research Methods: Critical analysis, reflection, information searching and experimental design in engineering, data collection, analysis and design.

At CU London, students learn through a variety of modes. The Foundation Year programme is focused on applied learning geared to high intensity teaching and study throughout the programme, requiring full commitment from students. The delivery of course content is a blend of lectures, tutorials and online mediums. 

Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end of year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which is more reflective of a working environment.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and include practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Course Breakdown (approximate):

  • 80% Coursework
  • 20% Interactive Assessments

80% assessed by coursework

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Develop appropriate research and analysis techniques, alongside the ability to undertake reliable market research activities.
  • Showcase an understanding of the principles of engineering, along with comprehension of global, national and local contexts.
  • Apply appropriate presentation and evaluation tools to establish the significance of research data produced. 

Full-time students.
There are two full-time study styles at CU London. Full week morning or afternoon (Monday-Friday 9am-1pm or 2pm-6pm) or early week study (Monday and Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-11am).

Part-time students receive 8 hours of teaching each week.
Classes are split into two categories, subject to numbers:
Saturday or Sunday - 9am-6pm
Tuesday and Thursday - 6pm-10pm

We hold tutorials in groups no larger than 5 every week. These sessions are mandatory and ensure you receive detailed feedback about your work, go into depth on specific topics and have any of your burning questions answered.

Class sizes are kept low. This way, students can take advantage of small numbers to increase contact time with lecturers.

Entry Requirements

Engineering Foundation

40 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English. 

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information.

Engineering Foundation

40 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English. 

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information.

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to CU London. We assess an applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course, and we may feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer to CU London. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join CU London.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. Requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made CU London their firm choice.

CU London has assessed that you can achieve the required grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer if you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in the year for which they applied.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we have a number of programmes which upon completion, automatically qualifies you onto a place on this degree course, such as Foundation Years or Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£7,102 (per year)


November 2017

£7,102 (per year)


January 2018

£7,102 (per year)


February 2018

£7,102 (per year)


April 2018

£7,102 (per year)


June 2018

£7,102 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2017

£7,102 (per year)


November 2017

£7,102 (per year)


January 2018

£7,102 (per year)


February 2018

£7,102 (per year)


April 2018

£7,102 (per year)


June 2018

£7,102 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2017

£10,361 (per year)


November 2017

£10,361 (per year)


January 2018

£10,361 (per year)


February 2018

£10,361 (per year)


April 2018

£10,361 (per year)


June 2018

£10,361 (per year)


Full-time (UK/EU)
For the academic year 2017/18, each six-week block will cost £1,775.50. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £7,102. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU London Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

Part-time (UK/EU)
The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year.
Each stage of the qualification (Foundation/HNC/HND/Degree) will require you to complete four academic blocks. You can study up to four blocks in one academic year or study at a slower pace (usually three academic blocks per year). Please note if you do study at a slower pace you will need to re-enrol to complete your studies in the next academic year.

For the academic year 2017/18, each block for part-time students will cost £1,775.50. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2017/18 is: £7,102.

Funding

As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU London from Student Finance England.

Please note: If you wish to continue your studies outside of the Coventry University Group you may be liable to pay the tuition fees for this course. The Coventry University Group consists of:

  • CU Coventry
  • CU London
  • CU Scarborough
  • Coventry University
  • Coventry University London

Career prospects

The strength of the course lies in preparing students for further study, cementing the core principles of business ready to expand on this knowledge at degree level.

If you successfully pass the Engineering Foundation year, you are guaranteed a place on year one of the Combined Engineering BSc (Hons) Degree at CU London.