Engineering and Technology with Foundation Year BEng (Hons)
BEng Hons Engineering and Technology with Foundation Year
If you've got ambitions for a career in engineering, but don’t meet the entry requirements for one of our Bachelor's degree programmes, then this BEng (Hons) Engineering and Technology degree with foundation year is ideal.
In your first year, you’ll develop your skills in maths, science and technology. You can then take your skills and knowledge onto one of our engineering and technology degree courses.
With a degree in engineering, you can start a career as a professional engineer in areas such as civil engineering, manufacturing engineering, electronic and energy engineering, and aerospace.
90% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)
- A levels – DEE–EEE
- UCAS points – 48–56 points to include 1 A level, or equivalent Other qualifications such as Vocational A levels (AVCE), BTECs and Access courses will also be considered (calculate your UCAS points)
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – MPP–PPP
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 5.5 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- Get a grounding in the maths, science and technology skills that are vital for studying engineering at degree level
- Choose the degree route to follow after your foundation year – subjects we offer include civil, mechanical and electronic engineering
- Apply your engineering skills in practical settings, working with our local charity and business partners on projects
- Spend time in our tech labs, such as the Analogue Electronics Laboratory
- Get student membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), paid for by the University.
Careers and opportunities
When you finish your degree course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.
What jobs can you do with an Engineering and Technology with Foundation Year degree?
Previous engineering graduates have gone on to enjoy successful careers in roles such as manufacturing engineer, product design engineer, aerospace engineer and project manager.
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
I enjoyed my course, particularly the project based learning, which allowed practical work to be carried out alongside the theory.
What you'll study
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
Modules currently being studied
- Electrical Engineering
- Engineering Materials and Design
- Engineering Mathematics
- Engineering Principles
- Computing for Engineers
- Sustainability and Energy Studies
The modules you study in years 2, 3 and 4 will depend on which degree you choose at the end of year 1.
After your third year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Previous students have secured placements at organisations such as:
- Airbus Defence
- Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
- GE Aviation
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Academic skills support
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- laboratory work
- project work
- Computed aided design and simulation activity
- open access study
There's an emphasis on building practical skills, working with the latest technology and learning practices.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 – September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Teaching block 2 – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Assessment period 2 – May to June
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- written examinations
- practical tests
- project work
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 60% by written exams, 23% by practical exams and 17% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 54% by written exams, 6% by practical exams and 40% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 42% by written exams, 2% by practical exams and 56% by coursework
- Year 4 students: 45% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 50% by coursework
Tuition fees (2021 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £17,600 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
You’ll need to pay additional costs of £50–£1000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence if you take a placement abroad. The amount you’ll pay will vary, depending on the location and length of your stay.
How to apply
To start this course in 2021, apply through UCAS. You'll need:
- the UCAS course code – H108
- our institution code – P80
If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.