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The Engineering Foundation Year will introduce you to engineering design and problem solving, and ensure you are confident with the statistics, algebra and trigonometry needed for success at degree level.

Many people who undertake the foundation year are still thinking about which sub-discipline of engineering to specialise in. The course covers both mechanical and electrical engineering and lays the foundations of physics so you’ll be able to test your preferences and make an informed decision about which degree to study after the end of the year.

Northumbria University Engineering & Environment Foundation Year Course Foundation from Northumbria University on Vimeo.

Successful completion of the foundation year will qualify you to join any of the following degrees:

You may may also, with agreement from the Faculty, be able to progress on to progress onto BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, depending upon a minimum pass rate being successfully gained in the mathematical modules. 

Northumbria is ranked 3rd in the sector nationally for thesustained employment of Engineering and Technology graduates five years after graduation.(Longitudinal EducationOutcomes (LEO) 2017)

The Engineering Foundation Year will introduce you to engineering design and problem solving, and ensure you are confident with the statistics, algebra and trigonometry needed for success at degree level.

Many people who undertake the foundation year are still thinking about which sub-discipline of engineering to specialise in. The course covers both mechanical and electrical engineering and lays the foundations of physics so you’ll be able to test your preferences and make an informed decision about which degree to study after the end of the year.

Northumbria University Engineering & Environment Foundation Year Course Foundation from Northumbria University on Vimeo.

Successful completion of the foundation year will qualify you to join any of the following degrees:

You may may also, with agreement from the Faculty, be able to progress on to progress onto BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, depending upon a minimum pass rate being successfully gained in the mathematical modules. 

Northumbria is ranked 3rd in the sector nationally for thesustained employment of Engineering and Technology graduates five years after graduation.(Longitudinal EducationOutcomes (LEO) 2017)

Course Information

UCAS Code
H3M2

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Mechanical and Construction Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021 or September 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

Department / Experience Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Ranked in the world top-300 for Engineering and Technology in the Times Higher Education's World University subject rankings 2018.

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Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Engineering. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

EU Fee in Year 1: £16,000

International Fee in Year 1: £16,000

 

Click here for UK, EU and International Scholarships scholarship, fees, and funding information.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: TBC

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.



EU Fee in Year 1: **TBC

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KB3001 -

Introduction to Engineering Design and Problem Solving (Core,20 Credits)

You will be introduced to engineering problems in lecture sessions along with example solution strategies. You will learn through workshop sessions and this will be the basis for you to work in groups and individually. You will learn and introduce some of the basic skills of engineering design, through basic product analysis, paper design exercises and practical "design-make-test" exercises. You will be introduced and learned practical skills which will give you a feel of real solutions. You will develop practical skills through the manufacture of simple devices. You will be introduced and learned problem solving with an emphasis on a structured approach to practical work and involve: planning and control, information retrieval and data presentation. An exercise based upon learning from the history of engineering and technology.

More information

KB3002 -

Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the principle of mechanics. You will develop an understanding of the principles of heat transfer and electrical energy. You will learn about study skills: to learn how to achieve effective learning, working in groups and time management.

More information

KB3009 -

Introduction to Civil Engineering and Construction (Core,20 Credits)

The module covers a range of relevant topics at outline level. You will learn the different organizations involved in construction and their roles, and career paths for Civil Engineers and Construction Managers. You will learn about different types of construction project, for example buildings, bridges, transport systems, water systems, and geotechnical structures such as embankments and cuttings. You will also learn about the commercial aspects of designing and constructing them, the supply chain involved and Sustainable Development in Construction. You will cover health and safety in a construction context. You will consider the materials that structures are made from, the loads they resist and the technology and methods used to construct them. This will include environmental loading such as wind and flood, and consideration of climate change effects. You will learn some simple calculations relevant to Civil Engineering, for example, those covering bending moments, shear forces, water flow and foundation bearing as well as some simple cost calculations.

More information

KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

More information

KC3002 -

Introductory Algebra and Statistics (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about elementary algebra and statistics necessary to embark on an engineering degree. You will learn the below highlighted topics which is indicative rather than prescriptive:

ALGEBRA:
You will learn:
• arithmetical operations on signed numbers: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and exponentiation.
• square roots. Fractions. Removing brackets. The order of operations.
• substitution and evaluation of algebraic expressions.
• plotting linear and quadratic functions.
• simplification of algebraic expressions, removing brackets.
• multiplication of polynomials.
• exponents - including negative and fraction exponents.
• factorising expressions including quadratics, difference of squares.
• addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of algebraic fractions.
• solution of linear and quadratic equations - including simultaneous equations.
• the exponential and log functions.
• arithmetic and geometric sequences and series.
• the binomial series.

STATISTICS:
You will learn
• representation of various types of data.
• frequency distributions: histogram, frequency polygon.
• cumulative frequency, cumulative frequency polygon.
• the mean, the mode, median.
• range, mean deviation, variance, standard deviation.

More information

KC3003 -

Foundation Algebra and Trigonometry (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about graphs and equations of common functions, including trigonometric functions. The module further shows you how these mathematical concepts can be used in a variety of ways to help you in understanding and solving physical problems.

You will learn the below highlighted topics which is indicative rather than prescriptive:

1. You will learn to use of Pythagoras’ Theorem. Calculation of areas and volumes of common solids (10%)
2. You will learn to use Cartesian coordinates and simple coordinate geometry. Linear graphs. (10%)
3. You will learn to use the derivative related to the rate of change. Differentiation of standard functions. The second derivative. Maximum and minimum values of a function. (20%)
4. You will learn integration as the inverse of differentiation. Integration of standard functions. Area and definite integrals. (10%)
5. You will learn measurement of angles: degrees and radians. Right angled triangles: Pythagoras’ Theorem. Definition of sine, cosine, and tangent in a right angled triangle. Application problems. Graphs of sine and cosine functions over one cycle. Sine and cosine rules. (20%)
6. You will learn the definition of secant, cosecant, cotangent. Arc length and sector area. Definition of sine and cosine as co-ordinates on a unit circle (of angles in all quadrants). Graphs of sine, cosine, and tangent to emphasise their periodic nature. General solution to elementary trigonometric equations. Phase angle. Use of standard trigonometrical identities (Pythagorean, compound angle, double angle), in manipulation of expressions and their use in solving trigonometrical equations. (30%)

More information

KD3000 -

introduction to Electrical Engineering (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you the essential fundamentals of electrical engineering. You will learn about the application of electrical circuits analysis theory to solve problems in electrical engineering, such as resistor networks, voltage divider, RC circuits and rectifiers. You will go through Ohm’s Law, Joule’s Law and Kirchoff’s law extensively to assist your understanding of electrical circuit analysis. You will learn about the basic concepts and application principles of DC circuits. Topics include terms and symbols, basic electrical and electronic components/devices, electrical measurement instruments and the laws of DC circuits. In particular, how Ohm’s Law, Kirchoff’s Law and Joule’s Law are applied to DC resistor networks (such as voltage divider) consisting of series connections and parallel connections. You will cover how Ohm’s law and Joule’s law are used to calculate the power supply of batteries and power consumption of resistors. You will also learn about A.C. circuits including topics like safety, terms and symbols, sine waves, AC electrical theory and AC measurement instrument. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of power transmission/distribution system, domestic wiring and safety, RC charging/discharging circuits, diodes, transformers and rectifiers. You will understand about Digital logic circuits and numbering systems: These topics include principles of NOT/AND/OR/XOR gates, terms and symbols, combinational gates, Boolean expression, truth table and circuit schematics. Your main emphasis will be on the principles of basic gates and the equivalence among Boolean expression, truth table and circuit schematics. These topics are foundations for any engineering programme which you will be covering with maximum support from a team of experts.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KB3001 -

Introduction to Engineering Design and Problem Solving (Core,20 Credits)

You will be introduced to engineering problems in lecture sessions along with example solution strategies. You will learn through workshop sessions and this will be the basis for you to work in groups and individually. You will learn and introduce some of the basic skills of engineering design, through basic product analysis, paper design exercises and practical "design-make-test" exercises. You will be introduced and learned practical skills which will give you a feel of real solutions. You will develop practical skills through the manufacture of simple devices. You will be introduced and learned problem solving with an emphasis on a structured approach to practical work and involve: planning and control, information retrieval and data presentation. An exercise based upon learning from the history of engineering and technology.

More information

KB3002 -

Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the principle of mechanics. You will develop an understanding of the principles of heat transfer and electrical energy. You will learn about study skills: to learn how to achieve effective learning, working in groups and time management.

More information

KB3009 -

Introduction to Civil Engineering and Construction (Core,20 Credits)

The module covers a range of relevant topics at outline level. You will learn the different organizations involved in construction and their roles, and career paths for Civil Engineers and Construction Managers. You will learn about different types of construction project, for example buildings, bridges, transport systems, water systems, and geotechnical structures such as embankments and cuttings. You will also learn about the commercial aspects of designing and constructing them, the supply chain involved and Sustainable Development in Construction. You will cover health and safety in a construction context. You will consider the materials that structures are made from, the loads they resist and the technology and methods used to construct them. This will include environmental loading such as wind and flood, and consideration of climate change effects. You will learn some simple calculations relevant to Civil Engineering, for example, those covering bending moments, shear forces, water flow and foundation bearing as well as some simple cost calculations.

More information

KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

More information

KC3002 -

Introductory Algebra and Statistics (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about elementary algebra and statistics necessary to embark on an engineering degree. You will learn the below highlighted topics which is indicative rather than prescriptive:

ALGEBRA:
You will learn:
• arithmetical operations on signed numbers: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and exponentiation.
• square roots. Fractions. Removing brackets. The order of operations.
• substitution and evaluation of algebraic expressions.
• plotting linear and quadratic functions.
• simplification of algebraic expressions, removing brackets.
• multiplication of polynomials.
• exponents - including negative and fraction exponents.
• factorising expressions including quadratics, difference of squares.
• addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of algebraic fractions.
• solution of linear and quadratic equations - including simultaneous equations.
• the exponential and log functions.
• arithmetic and geometric sequences and series.
• the binomial series.

STATISTICS:
You will learn
• representation of various types of data.
• frequency distributions: histogram, frequency polygon.
• cumulative frequency, cumulative frequency polygon.
• the mean, the mode, median.
• range, mean deviation, variance, standard deviation.

More information

KC3003 -

Foundation Algebra and Trigonometry (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about graphs and equations of common functions, including trigonometric functions. The module further shows you how these mathematical concepts can be used in a variety of ways to help you in understanding and solving physical problems.

You will learn the below highlighted topics which is indicative rather than prescriptive:

1. You will learn to use of Pythagoras’ Theorem. Calculation of areas and volumes of common solids (10%)
2. You will learn to use Cartesian coordinates and simple coordinate geometry. Linear graphs. (10%)
3. You will learn to use the derivative related to the rate of change. Differentiation of standard functions. The second derivative. Maximum and minimum values of a function. (20%)
4. You will learn integration as the inverse of differentiation. Integration of standard functions. Area and definite integrals. (10%)
5. You will learn measurement of angles: degrees and radians. Right angled triangles: Pythagoras’ Theorem. Definition of sine, cosine, and tangent in a right angled triangle. Application problems. Graphs of sine and cosine functions over one cycle. Sine and cosine rules. (20%)
6. You will learn the definition of secant, cosecant, cotangent. Arc length and sector area. Definition of sine and cosine as co-ordinates on a unit circle (of angles in all quadrants). Graphs of sine, cosine, and tangent to emphasise their periodic nature. General solution to elementary trigonometric equations. Phase angle. Use of standard trigonometrical identities (Pythagorean, compound angle, double angle), in manipulation of expressions and their use in solving trigonometrical equations. (30%)

More information

KD3000 -

introduction to Electrical Engineering (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you the essential fundamentals of electrical engineering. You will learn about the application of electrical circuits analysis theory to solve problems in electrical engineering, such as resistor networks, voltage divider, RC circuits and rectifiers. You will go through Ohm’s Law, Joule’s Law and Kirchoff’s law extensively to assist your understanding of electrical circuit analysis. You will learn about the basic concepts and application principles of DC circuits. Topics include terms and symbols, basic electrical and electronic components/devices, electrical measurement instruments and the laws of DC circuits. In particular, how Ohm’s Law, Kirchoff’s Law and Joule’s Law are applied to DC resistor networks (such as voltage divider) consisting of series connections and parallel connections. You will cover how Ohm’s law and Joule’s law are used to calculate the power supply of batteries and power consumption of resistors. You will also learn about A.C. circuits including topics like safety, terms and symbols, sine waves, AC electrical theory and AC measurement instrument. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of power transmission/distribution system, domestic wiring and safety, RC charging/discharging circuits, diodes, transformers and rectifiers. You will understand about Digital logic circuits and numbering systems: These topics include principles of NOT/AND/OR/XOR gates, terms and symbols, combinational gates, Boolean expression, truth table and circuit schematics. Your main emphasis will be on the principles of basic gates and the equivalence among Boolean expression, truth table and circuit schematics. These topics are foundations for any engineering programme which you will be covering with maximum support from a team of experts.

More information

To start your application, simply select the month you would like to start your course.

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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