Electro-Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year BEng (Hons)

Study level: Undergraduate
Foundation year
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The Electro-Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year BEng (Hons) course aims to provide you with a solid grounding for building a career in the engineering sector.

Year of entry


CU Coventry (Coventry)

Study mode



4 years full-time
5 years sandwich

Course code


Start date

July 2023

Course overview

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. The Electro-Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year BEng (Hons) course aims to provide you with a solid grounding for building a career in the engineering sector.

The strength of the course lies in preparing students, who are unable to follow the more traditional route onto a degree course in Electro-Mechanical Engineering.

  • Considered an art by many, engineering is a combination of science and technology that is concerned with solving complex problems, such as machinery, infrastructure, design and many more. Practitioners of this discipline are capable of working on significant global issues such as the effects of climate change or improving city infrastructure.
  • Your first year on the Electro-Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year BEng (Hons) course 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. Students who successfully complete their foundation year will then progress onto the Electro-Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons).
  • The subsequent Electro-Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) qualification could offer you broad and diverse career options, including molecular, transport, power, optical, vehicle and web engineering to name a few. Engineering is an exciting subject that can lead you to frequent travel, passion projects and a fulfilling career.
  • Alongside possible international opportunities, you may get the chance to conduct critical research with our experienced staff, learn from skilled guest visitors and take part in an invaluable placement year2. Guest visitors are subject to availability.

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. Wherever possible we aim to provide career-focused courses, coupled with placement opportunities2 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, so you have the opportunity to study topics in-depth and give assignments your full attention before moving onto the next.

What you'll study

The foundation year aims to provide you with 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.

The Electro-Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) degree element of the course focuses on the demands of the modern engineering workplace encompassing the main engineering disciplines. This will reflect contemporary practices, with an emphasis on practical skills and student employability. High levels of support are a cornerstone of the course and you will work on diverse realistic projects throughout your final year.

With the pace of technological development, engineering should be considered as applied problem-solving. Integrating the different technologies at the heart of modern engineering, this course aims to provide a grounding in a variety of different engineering disciplines before developing skills in accessing information, converting it into knowledge and applying and evaluating it.

Successful graduates of the Electro-Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) degree course will not only gain the knowledge for a successful career in engineering, but also the highly sought-after skills to be self-managing, self-developing individuals.

Your foundation year will provide a strong framework for your continued studies toward your Electro-Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) degree.


  • 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 will 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.


  • This module provides you with fundamental mathematical knowledge and skills required to understand engineering and physical concepts. You will 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 will gain specific knowledge in mechanics, transport phenomena and thermodynamics.


Alongside an introduction to the underpinning principles of both electrical and mechanical engineering, this year aims to help you develop proficiency in basic mathematics, science and applied knowledge. Throughout the year, you will be taught sought-after design skills by using industry standard graphic software. This provides you with a solid foundation for further exploration in your third and final year. Students who successfully complete year two are eligible for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Electro-Mechanical Engineering.


  • This module aims to introduce various mathematical topics to provide you with an understanding of the concepts that lie behind the modelling systems used in engineering. The module will primarily focus on mathematical techniques but will be related to engineering problems and applications.

    This module aims to introduce various mathematical topics to provide you with an understanding of the concepts and techniques that will be related to solving engineering problems and applications.


  • On completion of this module, you should be able to design a 3D CAD model, create and interpret a detailed 2D drawing, develop creative solutions to an engineering problem, generate a concept design, transfer the design into finished products and analyse commercial viability of the product through effective use of CAE/FEA simulation tools.


  • This module will provide you with knowledge of the fundamental aspects of mechanical engineering: solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, transport phenomena and thermodynamics. Concepts include the centre of gravity, torsion, shear force, bending moments, fluid flow and thermodynamics. Emphasis is placed on hands-on laboratory practical sessions to provide you with applied knowledge of the various topics.


  • In this module, you will study the basic principles for the analysis, design and practical application of electrical systems in a multidisciplinary engineering environment. This includes evaluating single and three-phase systems applied to motors and transformers; exploring digital systems, logic gates and circuits; studying harmonic content and the use of filters. You will develop skills by applying theoretical knowledge through laboratory experiments and utilising industry standard software.


As the course progresses, you will be expected to build on knowledge gained in year two to cement a solid foundation of core principles. You are no longer working with the basics of engineering; you will now advance your knowledge of electronic and mechanical engineering and use industry standard microcontrollers across a wide range of applications. You will also look at the contemporary issues that tomorrow’s engineers face including renewable energy sources. Students who successfully complete year three are eligible for a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Electro-Mechanical Engineering.


  • The purpose of this module is to enhance your knowledge and understanding related to control and mechatronics. Combining practical work with theoretical background, the module will develop programming, design and analytical skills. You will be able to examine various control and embedded systems using simulation software and programmable microchips.


  • The theory learned in the first year of statistics statics, dynamics, fluidity and heat fluid mechanics and thermodynamics is refined and put to practical use, presenting you with core problems often found in the analysis of mechanical engineering system. You will be expected to interpret problems, describe them and provide engineering solutions according to the scientific principles studied, using analytical and numerical (simulation) approaches.


  • This module focuses on fundamental scientific and technical aspects of sustainable and renewable energy technologies which is a global priority. You will gain in-depth knowledge of a range of sustainable energy technologies such as solar, wind, hydro, fuel cells, bio-energy and ocean power.


  • This module will challenge and empower you to develop the versatile, creative technological knowledge and awareness required in current and future manufacturing sectors with the advent of industry 4.0 and cyber-physical technologies. On completion, you should be able to digitally manufacture/simulate a designed 3D model, generate code for real life CNC machining, design and simulate a virtual factory, understand the technological difference between classic and advanced manufacturing principles and technology and cloud manufacturing principles.


There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement2 can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur before your final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future.


  • This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved placement undertaken during your programme. A placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.


  • This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved international study/work placement undertaken during your programme. A work/study placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.


In the exciting final year, students refine the art of independent working. You will get the opportunity to study the field of mechatronics, with investigation and analysis into robotics and future trends. Working autonomously, you will develop the skills needed to excel in a modern engineering environment and refine your capacity to engage effectively with the application of modern technologies. Students who successfully complete their final year are awarded a BEng (Hons) degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering.


  • This module will prepare you with the skills and knowledge needed in constructing an efficient Internet of Things (IoT) system. In the first part of the module, we will study features of high-level languages and develop an understanding of software programs and reasoning principles. In the second part, you will learn to build a secure and sophisticated IoT system using an embedded device.


  • The aim of this module is to enable you to undertake sustained independent study and demonstrate expertise in the specialised field of mechatronics and robotics, encompassing a study focused around a course of research and investigation of a specific problem, conducted as a professional engineer. It will enable you to understand the importance of correct analysis of all the factors involved in a mechatronic problem and develop initiative within the development of the investigation.


  • This module aims to actively involve you in employing management solutions and practices towards managing and organising the final year project: from developing a project proposal, identifying the main contributions and scheduling their tasks, to resource management and budgeting. The scope of the module includes an investigation of practices and standards for quality and safety management, and their applicability to the final year project. You will explore topics such as leadership, time management and motivation through individual and team building activities.


  • The final year project will be to implement an Engineering Project proposal. There will be no formal teaching, but support will be provided through blended learning and one-to-one support. The project topics may come from a number of sources, including personal interests and external clients. Some of these may involve several people working on different aspects of the same project. The activities carried out during the project will comprise implementation, review, research, presentation and reporting.


We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

How you'll learn

Your initial foundation year is focused on applied learning geared to high intensity teaching and study throughout the course. The delivery of course content is a blend of lectures, tutorials and online mediums.

After your foundation year, you will have the option to do either another three years full-time or another four-year sandwich course where you undertake a work placement or study year in a related field.

Our teaching methods for the degree courses are varied depending on which course/modules you take, offering a number of teaching styles to suit the needs of our students, so in addition to lectures, we also utilise a blended learning approach, including online aspects, workshops and group work. We also operate an open-door policy, with additional availability via email and our current online learning platform, Aula.

Progression through the modules develops knowledge and skills, including communication (written and oral), study skills, research methods, project management, presentation and career development. We will also encourage you to consider your employability and/or entrepreneurial development.

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

Teaching contact hours

The number of full-time contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 20 contact hours per week each year (excluding placement year). Additionally, you will be expected to undertake up to 30 hours of self-directed study, depending on the demands of individual modules.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, CU may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), CU Coventry may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.


During your foundation year, 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. This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the degree selected or the module.

Course breakdown:

  • Coursework
  • Interactive assessments (foundation year)
  • Phased tests (year two onwards)

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2022 entry.

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 into account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Are you eligible for the CU Support Scheme?

We believe every student should have the opportunity to dream big, reach their potential and succeed, regardless of their background.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each component area)

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

Speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 tuition fees.

Student Full-time Part-time
UK 2022/23 fees - £8,050 per year
2023/24 fees - TBC  
Not available
International 2022/23 fees - £16,650 per year
2023/24 fees - TBC  
Not available

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.

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see the University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of international scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them.

  • We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Your fee status determines your tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available to you. The rules about who pays UK (home) or international (overseas) fees for higher education courses in England are set by the government's Department for Education. The regulations identify all the different categories of student who can insist on paying the home rate. The regulations can be difficult to understand, so the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has provided fee status guidance to help you identify whether you are eligible to pay the home or overseas rate.

    If you meet all the criteria required by any one category, including any residence requirements, your institution must charge you the home rate. You only need to find one category that you fit into.


All our facilities are located at Mile Lane. Our building has been designed to enable collaboration, creativity and innovation to flourish, and includes (subject to availability):

  • Indoor and outdoor social spaces, including a café
  • A library that includes loan laptops, over 115,000 eBooks and a silent study area
  • Open access IT suites and 83-inch teaching screens
  • Engineering lab, science lab and a moot courtroom
  • Student support and careers advice teams

Careers and opportunities

On successful completion of the Electro-Mechanical Engineering (with Foundation Year) BEng (Hons), you will be able to:

  • Critically appraise an engineering scenario with a view to apply innovative technologies to improve efficiency or effectiveness.
  • Explain engineering principles, solve simple, practical problems in an engineering context, show practical skills in a laboratory/workshop environment and have the educational preparation for a career as an engineering technician.
  • Use an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to engineering studies.
  • Develop practical skills to solve complex workshop- based problems.
  • Appraise an engineering problem and debate alternative, sustainable solutions.
  • Key practical and transferable skills to enhance their long-term employability or to progress to specialist, postgraduate study.

With an ever-growing demand of engineering professionals in all industries, graduates of the Electro-Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) have an expansive list of career paths to explore. Successfully completing the BEng means your chances of employment are improved and the level at which you enter the jobs market could mean a higher salary.

Successful graduates will be knowledgeable across a range of engineering disciplines and could go on to work in a vast range of engineering sectors such as software, nuclear, textile or civil engineering.

Where our graduates work

Many of our graduates have progressed to postgraduate study and are working towards a master’s qualification in fields such as petroleum engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, automotive engineering and electrical and electronic engineering.

Previous engineering graduates have progressed on to become Engineering Technicians, Project Managers and Trainee Engineering Lecturers.

How to apply

  • Coventry University together with Coventry University London Campus, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the “University”) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University.


    Some of our degree courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home 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 is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


    Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2022/23 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that CU Group will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

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