BEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering with a Foundation Year

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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.


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.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 0 (Level 3)

Entry Level 3 / Foundation Year
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-040Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Electricity and Magnetism
EG-060Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Mechanics
EG-061Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Thermofluid Mechanics
EG-062Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Development of Key Skills for Engineers
EG-065Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Basic Engineering Analysis 1
EG-066Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Basic Engineering Analysis 2
EG-080Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Fundamentals of Materials
EG-085Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Foundation Chemistry
EG-086Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Science

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Undergraduate / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Analysis 1B (Mech & EEE)
EG-116Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Engineering Analysis 2B (Mech & EEE)
EG-142Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Instrumentation and Control
EG-143Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Digital Design
EG-150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Signals and Systems
EG-151Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Microcontrollers
EG-152Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Analogue Design
EG-155Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Circuit Analysis
EG-168Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Professional Development
EGA107Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Power Engineering
EGA108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Functional and Smart Materials
EGA121Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Electromagnetics

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate / HEDip
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Statistical Methods in Engineering
EG-240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Electronic Circuits
EG-241Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Electrical Machines
EG-242Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Electronic Materials and Devices
EG-243Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Control Systems
EG-244Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Software Engineering
EG-247Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Signals and Systems
EG-252Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Group Design Exercise
EGA207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Electromagnetics
EGA211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Semiconductor Technology
EGA222Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)5Practical Circuits A
EGA223Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)5Practical Circuits B

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Undergraduate / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-319Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10IC Design
EG-340Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Design Electronics
EG-341Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Microwave Circuits and Antennas
EG-342Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Power Systems
EG-345Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Power Electronics
EG-353Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Research Project
EG-386Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Engineering Management
EGA333Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Communications
Optional Modules
TB1 Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EG-350Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Digital Communications
EG-355Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Quantum Devices
EGA366Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Kinematics and Programming for Robot
TB2 Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EG-351Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Communication Systems and Networks
EGA305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Nanoelectronics


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 an academic mentor 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

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 for more information.

How To Apply

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

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

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BEng (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £17,950

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

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 and in some instances installable on the students own equipment.

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


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.

International Students

If you are an international student please find more information about our Foundation Year here.