At City, we welcome students from diverse backgrounds and understand not everyone has the qualifications to apply directly to our engineering degrees.
This one-year Foundation course is designed for people who have the interest and aptitude to study an engineering degree, but who don’t meet the entry requirements.
You’ll study topics to equip you with academic knowledge to succeed in your later studies.
You will also receive support to develop the independent study skills that will help you thrive at degree-level.
By the end of the year, you will have built a firm foundation for your future success as a university student.
After successfully completing this foundation year, you can progress to the first year of:
- BEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- BEng degree in Biomedical Engineering
- MEng degree in Biomedical Engineering
- Another engineering degree at City, University of London, by agreement.
As a Foundation course student, you will take most of your classes at City and Islington College. Some laboratory classes are taken at City, University of London.
The foundation year includes the following key modules:
- Electrical and Electronic Principles
- Electrical Science
- C Programming
- Study Skills
- Electronic Hardware and Software Experiments.
Plus one option from:
- Computer Hardware
- Biomedical Engineering.
Approximately half your time is spent on scheduled learning, half on independent learning.
Teaching and assessment
As a Foundation course student, you will take most of your classes at City and Islington College. Some laboratory classes are taken at City, University of London. Both institutions emphasise tutorial support and study skills. Read more about the course on the City and Islington College website.
There is some flexibility to change to a different engineering course after the foundation year, subject to the agreement of the course director concerned.
You may use the study and social facilities at both institutions. Assessment is by a combination of formal examinations and coursework.
Assessment is based on written examinations, formal laboratory reports, technical reports and essays, class tests and oral presentations of project or software development work.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
100% written, 0% coursework.
Single taught modules normally comprise minimum of 20 hours of lectures, 10 hours of problem solving, example and revision classes, a minimum of 15 hours of laboratory classes, and on average at least 60 hours of independent study.
Most contact hours will take the form of lectures, tutorials, practical work and design projects. The number will decrease as you progress and you become more able to direct your own learning.
Approximate study time based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
43% scheduled learning, 57% independent learning.
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2021/22
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/ 22 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2021/22 entry.
Future finance loans
Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit our finance pages.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
Studying this one-year Foundation course is your first step towards a rewarding career in engineering.
After successfully completion, you are eligible to progress to a three-year BEng or four-year MEng engineering course. These degrees provide a pathway to Chartered Engineer status and a range of career options.
You may specialise in biomedical engineering, developing vital equipment to diagnose and treat disease, for companies like Siemens and Philips Healthcare.
If you go on to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering, you could follow in the footsteps of past graduates who now work for businesses like BT, the National Grid, Huawei and AECOM.
How to apply
Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Please note that, at present, this course is only available to those who we would classify as Home students. Please contact us if you are unclear about your fee status. For overseas students who do not meet the entry requirements for year 1 entry, we recommend our affiliated foundation course providers - INTO City, University of London.
You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.
You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.
For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.
Telephone lines are currently open between 10am - 3pm.
If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.
When to apply
Your application for entry in September 2021 should arrive at UCAS between September 2020 and 29th January 2021. Applications that arrive after 29th January 2021 will be considered only at City's discretion.
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
- from inside the UK 0871 468 0468
- from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties:
- from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468
- from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.
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