Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Course overview
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 Aerospace Engineering
- MEng Aerospace Engineering
- BEng Mechanical Engineering and Design
- MEng Mechanical Engineering and Design
- 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 2023/24
The tuition fees indicated are for the 2023/24 academic year only. Fees for each subsequent year of study are subject to an annual increase to take account of City's increased costs of delivering educational services. This increase will be 5% for each subsequent year of study. You should expect your fee to increase by this amount and budget accordingly.
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 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 2022/23 entry.
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 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 £26.50 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 £22.
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 2023 should arrive at UCAS between September 2022 and 25th January 2023. Applications that arrive after 25th January 2023 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.
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.
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Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. On occasion we also work with external professionals to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.