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 Aeronautical Engineering
- MEng Aeronautical Engineering
- BEng Mechanical Engineering
- MEng Mechanical Engineering
- BEng Engineering
- MEng Engineering
- Another Engineering degree at City, University of London, by agreement.
As a Foundation course student, you will take most of your classes at Westminster Kingsway College. Some laboratory classes are taken at City, University of London.
The Foundation year includes the following key modules:
- Computing & IT
- Communication & Study Skills
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 Westminster Kingsway College. Some laboratory classes are taken at City, University of London. Both institutions emphasise tutorial support and study skills. 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.
You will be assessed using a variety of methods including examinations, coursework and practical skills.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:
50% written, 50% coursework.
Most contact hours will take the form of lectures, tutorial and practical work. The number will decrease as you progress and you become more able to direct your own learning. Approximate study time based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:
47% scheduled learning, 53% 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%.
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 aeronautical engineering, developing skills for a career in the global aerospace industry, with companies like BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Airbus.
If you go on to study mechanical engineering, you could work in the transport, power generation, automotive and energy sectors, with businesses like Ford and Jaguar Land Rover.
How to apply
Applications for this course are currently closed.
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Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics courses benefit from recently redeveloped facilities with modern teaching lecture theatres equipped with the latest interactive AV systems.
The A320 cockpit flight simulator is a dynamic virtual learning environment, that provides more procedure trainer information and enhancing safety and efficiency to our student pilots and engineers.
City's Merlin MP520 simulator is fitted with a two-axis motion system and closed cockpit design for greater immersion and is used in the theory and study of aerodynamics and the mechanics of flight.
Our Engineering labs are equipped with state-of-the-art wind tunnels and test equipment.
This is a one-of-a-kind low-turbulence wind tunnel used for the study of laminar flows. Part of the National Wind Tunnel Facility.