Engineering Foundation Year 2019/20 entry

Course code:

H100

Study options:

Year 1 of 4

 

Location:

CU Coventry

Starting:

September 2019
November 2019
January 2020
March 2020
April 2020
June 2020

Fees:

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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 opens up a broad and diverse career path, from law to business and even medicine. Studying to be an engineer and gaining the right skills and the right qualifications, can lead you to frequent travel, passion projects and a 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 BEng (Hons) Electro-Mechanical Engineering degree at CU Coventry, subject to meeting specific entry criteria.

Why CU Coventry

We offer a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low 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

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What Our Students Say

I chose Foundation Engineering because Engineering is a growing industry, so there are plenty of job opportunities, grad schemes and growth potential. I like that there are small class sizes here, so I can have in-depth face to face chats with my tutor.

Ben Bonner - Engineering Foundation Year

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 Electro-Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) degree, subject to meeting specific entry criteria.

Academic and Professional Practice

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

Additionally, you will develop skills 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, 360-degree 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. You will learn to use and apply algebraic methods and trigonometry, and 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 organisational skills and project management basics to aid your development and learning ability.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Fundamentals

This module aims to introduce students to the basic analysis and design of electric circuits using DC and AC power sources. To prepare students for this we will discuss the laws of electric circuits and electrical engineering. 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 learn 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 in-house Careers & Employability Department.
  • You will have the opportunity for multi-campus learning in Coventry, London and Scarborough.
  • We keep our fees low to make higher education more accessible to everyone.
  • Small tutorial group sessions ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • 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.
  • Hands-on experience devising, creating and implementing your ideas. Previous projects have included:Design of low cost digital keypad lock with LCD display as part of a home security system.Design of remotely controlled heating system in automotive HVAC. Investigation and Design of GPS Guided Autonomous Robot. Reverse Engineering, investigation and analysis of a headphone band.

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 Coventry, 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

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 are expected to attend CU Coventry every day of the week.
The majority of this will be face to face teaching, with the addition of individual and group tutorials and independent/online learning, as well as enhancement activities on Wednesdays.
Classes run daily and students are allocated to either:
Morning - 9am-1pm or
Afternoon - 2pm-6pm

Both morning and afternoon sessions have the addition of Enhancement Wednesdays when students can choose individualised learning activities between 10am-2pm to support their study, providing time in the afternoon to engage in clubs and societies.

Part-time students receive 7 hours per week direct face-to-face delivery and 3 hours per week blended learning.
Outside of this, there will also be independent study and online support.
Teaching will take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6pm-9.30pm. Students are also able to book individual tutorials in advance, from 5.30pm-6pm.
Please note our part-time offering is subject to numbers.

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.

Groups are kept at an average of 25-50 students per class. This way, students can take advantage of small numbers to increase contact time with lecturers.

What Our Students Say

I chose Foundation Engineering because Engineering is a growing industry, so there are plenty of job opportunities, grad schemes and growth potential. I like that there are small class sizes here, so I can have in-depth face to face chats with my tutor.

Ben Bonner - Engineering Foundation Year

Entry Requirements

Engineering Foundation

40 UCAS tariff points. All Foundation courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English, and at least one A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

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 Foundation courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English, and at least one A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

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 Foundation courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English, and at least one A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

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.

CU Coventry welcomes international students from all around the globe. If you are an international student and are interested in applying for a Foundation Year, HNC, HND or Degree course you can do so by completing our online application form.

Once your application form has been processed you will receive the outcome of your application via your given email address.
Please be aware you will need the following information in order to make your application:

  • All academic transcripts
  • Copies of degree/diploma certificates or work reference if employed
  • One academic reference
  • English Language competence by completing a successful Secure English Language Test
  • International students are required to have English language proficiency level to IELTS 6.0.
  • Your personal statement
  • Copy of your current passport

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to CU Coventry. 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 Coventry. 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 Coventry.

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 Coventry their firm choice.

CU Coventry 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.

What Our Students Say

I chose Foundation Engineering because Engineering is a growing industry, so there are plenty of job opportunities, grad schemes and growth potential. I like that there are small class sizes here, so I can have in-depth face to face chats with my tutor.

Ben Bonner - Engineering Foundation Year

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 2019

£7,500 (per year)


November 2019

£7,500 (per year)


January 2020

£7,500 (per year)


March 2020

£7,500 (per year)


April 2020

£7,500 (per year)


June 2020

£7,500 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2019

£7,500 (per year)


November 2019

£7,500 (per year)


January 2020

£7,500 (per year)


March 2020

£7,500 (per year)


April 2020

£7,500 (per year)


June 2020

£7,500 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2019

£11,000 (per year)


November 2019

£11,000 (per year)


January 2020

£11,000 (per year)


March 2020

£11,000 (per year)


April 2020

£11,000 (per year)


June 2020

£11,000 (per year)


Fees & Funding

Full-time (UK/EU)

For the academic year 2019/20, each six-week block will cost £1,875. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £7,500. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library and 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 2019/20, each block for part-time students will cost £1,875. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2019/20 is £7,500.

Funding

As a full-time 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 Coventry from Student Finance England.

International

For the academic year 2019/20, each six-week block will cost £2,750. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £11,000. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials.

What Our Students Say

I chose Foundation Engineering because Engineering is a growing industry, so there are plenty of job opportunities, grad schemes and growth potential. I like that there are small class sizes here, so I can have in-depth face to face chats with my tutor.

Ben Bonner - Engineering Foundation Year

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 Electro-Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) Degree at CU Coventry.

What Our Students Say

I chose Foundation Engineering because Engineering is a growing industry, so there are plenty of job opportunities, grad schemes and growth potential. I like that there are small class sizes here, so I can have in-depth face to face chats with my tutor.

Ben Bonner - Engineering Foundation Year
Disclaimer

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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