BEng Materials Engineering with a Foundation Year

Course Overview

Engineering Foundation Year

Engineering offers an enormous range of opportunities for graduates. If you do not have typical entry qualifications, or are an overseas student without the entry requirements for the first year, these four-year schemes are designed to provide wider access to accredited honours degrees.

Scholarships

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.

To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International Scholarships

Key Features

The Engineering integrated Foundation Year programme is a common one which leads on to any of our branches of engineering. It is not a stand-alone qualification, but is the first year of a 4-year BEng degree.

Why study an Engineering Integrated Foundation Year at Swansea University?

As all Engineering Foundation Year students study all the same modules, there is a good rapport amongst students which creates a friendly and supportive study atmosphere.

The majority of our Engineering Foundation Year students work very hard and pass all modules with good marks, which means that they are in the perfect position of being able to choose one of our engineering degree schemes.

Students typically progress to a BEng degree, but it is also possible to move up to the MEng degree after the end of level 2 (this is the end of the third year for foundation year students as their first year is known as level 0) provided you have around a 60% average.

Completing a MEng degree from the foundation year will take 5 years. Numerous foundation year students have progressed right through to MEng level and many have graduated with our top qualification, a 1st class honours degree.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 0 (Level 3)

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-163Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Design and Laboratory Classes 1
EG-168Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Professional Development
EG-180Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Materials Engineering
EG-182Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Manufacturing Technology I
EG-183Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Materials Resources
EG-184Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Mechanical Properties of Materials
EG-185Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Materials Practicals 1: structure / property links in metals
EG-187Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Basic Engineering Analysis 1A
EG-188Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Basic Engineering Analysis 2a
EGA110Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Instrumental and Analytical Chemistry
EGA113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Materials Case Studies
Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one of three modules from Module Group 1. If a student has done A level (or equivalent) Chemistry but not Physics they must opt for EGA106. If a student has done A level (or equivalent) Physics but not Chemistry they must opt for EGA103. If a student has done A level (or equivalent) Physics and Chemistry they must opt for EG-108. In the unlikely event that a student has no chemistry or physics background they would be best advised to do EGA106.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EG-108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Sustainability
EGA103Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Foundation Chemistry
EGA106Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Science

Year 2 (Level 5)

Year 3 (Level 6)

Description

The Engineering Integrated Foundation course is just the same as any other year of engineering. As a student on the course, you will be allocated a personal tutor and will have regular tutorials throughout the year alongside the lectures, laboratory and seminar classes.

Entry Requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds for the Engineering Foundation Year. Each application is considered on a case-by case basis, depending on the educational background and work experience of the applicant.

For A level or IB students, our standard offer is BBB - BCC at A level, or 26 at IB.

Students studying for BTEC or other vocational qualifications, who might not have the right pre-requisite Mathematical background for Year 1 entry, may also apply for this scheme. BTEC entry requirements for the Foundation Year are DDD, with D in all Mathematics modules.

All applicants are also expected to hold minimum B grades at GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics and all sciences, including at least two A grades.

Mature students with relevant work experience, or access courses with a good mathematical and science content, are also considered for this scheme; an interview may be required.

International applicants are welcomed to this scheme with a variety of qualifications which are not of the right standard to allow standard level 1 entry. Please see this link for more information www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/apply

English Language Support for International Students

If you are considering joining the foundation programme from outside of the UK, we will require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in order to join our foundation scheme. If your English is not at the required level for entry directly into Engineering, we would recommend that you consider studying English Language for up to a year with our English Language Training Service (ELTS) department who offers an excellent range of courses. Visit www.swansea.ac.uk/elts for more information.

How To Apply

Find out how to apply for the BEng Materials Science and Engineering with a Foundation Year as an UK or EU student.

Find out how to apply for the BEng Materials Science and Engineering with a Foundation Year as an international student

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BEng (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £18,450

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Recommended textbooks for this course are available in the library. All software needed for the course is available on the Engineering network, for use within our PC rooms at Swansea University.

Free wireless internet access is available across the whole of the University campus and halls of residence.

Accreditation

As a student studying on the foundation year, don’t worry that you will miss out on an accredited engineering degree. You won’t. The courses are accredited by a range of professional institutions. Depending on which course you choose, will depend on which Professional Body accredits your degree.

The various examples of accreditation organisations include IET, IMechE, IOM3, IChemE, RAeS.

Sample Timetable

Below is a sample timetable for the Foundation Year Level 1 Semester 1.

Please note timetables are subject to change.

Foundation Year

What do our students say?

Hollie Rosier, Foundation Year student, graduated in BEng Aerospace Engineering and now a PhD student

“I chose Swansea University to do my Foundation Year in Engineering due to its great location and the engineering department in particular is known to have a very high reputation.

The foundation year provided me with the ability to pursue an undergraduate engineering course giving me the necessary groundwork to build a future in engineering.

It also provided me with an insight into the opportunities within the industry and without it, I wouldn't be here studying for a PhD in Aerospace Materials, which is supported by Rolls-Royce plc and the government (EPSRC).”

 

What are my career options?

Career prospects for Engineering graduates are excellent, with starting salaries well above the national average. It is currently around £25,000 per year.

Throughout our courses at Swansea University, you will find professional development modules and careers skills seminars ensuring that our students are successful in finding employment that is right for them. Engineering graduates work not only in engineering, but also in law, finance, teaching and general business management.

Our graduates are highly numerate with the ability for complex problem solving, which ensures they are always in demand.

Find out more about the success of our graduates.

What skills will I gain?

The syllabus and content of modules has been very rigorously developed over time and is varied in delivery.

Modules are largely technical in content, concentrating on gaining the applied mathematical and scientific knowledge to ensure success in an engineering degree.

Our student societies

Engineering and Sports Science Society logoAs an Engineering student at Swansea University, you will be able to join our thriving Engineering and Sports Science Society. Through the Society, you can meet people from other Engineering disciplines through events, socials, and industrial visits. You can find out more about the Society at the Fresher’s Fair during the Welcome Week of the first term.

Swansea University Race EngineeringAt Swansea University, you can design and build a single-seater racing car to compete against other universities, as part of our Formula Student team. This on-going competition is highly regarded by the engineering industry since it provides an excellent source of innovative ideas and highly motivated graduates. Find out more at www.swansea.ac.uk/engineering/race-engineering

Our Engineering facilities

 Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

With our well-equipped modern laboratories, multimedia suites and study rooms, we have the equipment and resources to compliment the innovative developments taking place at the College of Engineering.
 
Find out more about the facilities and equipment used by students at Swansea University.

Our research is ranked in Top 10

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

World-leading research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.