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  1. Undergraduate and foundation
  2. 2021
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Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Foundation Programmes

Entry Year:
The Foundation course provides a pathway to BEng and MEng degree courses in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering.

Key information

Start date

September 2021

Academic year dates


One-year foundation, full-time, held at Westminster Kingsway College; forms part of a four-year BEng degree with integrated foundation or five-year MEng degree with integrated foundation, completed at City, University of London.


Full-time: £9,250


Full-time: £11,180


Full-time: £11,180

UCAS code

H402 (BEng Aeronautical Engineering); H302 (BEng Mechanical Engineering)


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Who is it for?

If you wish to study Mechanical or Aeronautical BEng/MEng degrees at City, University of London, but do not satisfy the entry requirements, Foundation courses can be the first year of a four-year BEng, or a five-year MEng, degree.


The overall aim of these programmes and their more specialised routes is to provide a wellrounded education and also specialised training for a professional career in the aeronautical, air transport and associated industries or the industries underpinned by the mechanical engineering disciplines, including energy engineering and automotive engineering. This will include the research, development, design, production, commissioning and management aspects of those industries.

The emphasis in the Foundation courses is on developing your study skills and ability in mathematics, physical sciences, engineering and computing.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level: CCC (including Mathematics at 'A' Level grade C)
  • Tariff points: 96 UCAS tariff points including Mathematics at 'A' Level grade C or 'AS' Level grade A.
  • BTEC (Level 3 Nationals only):
    • DDM in Engineering (First teaching Sept 2016)  with minimum grade M in units 1 - Engineering Principles, 7 - Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems and 8 - Further Engineering Mathematics. Candidates must also have a minimum of grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics and Science/Physics.
    • DDM in Civil Engineering / Construction and the Built Environment / Building Services Engineering (First teaching Sept 2017) with minimum grade M in unit 1 – Construction Principles and unit 15 – Further Mathematics for Construction. Candidates must also have a minimum of grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics and Science/Physics.
  • IB: 28 points total, including Higher Level Mathematics at grade 4 OR 28 points total, including Higher Level Physics/Biology/Chemistry at grade 4 and Standard Level Mathematics at grade 5.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
  • PTE Academic: 59 overall with a minimum of 59 in each component.

English language programmes

Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

You can apply through UCAS for our foundation year for our Mechanical and Aeronautical engineering foundation course.

year of a four-year BEng, or a five-year MEng, degree.
your skills and ability in mathematics, physical sciences, engineering and computing.
During your course

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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

Teaching and learning

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.

Assessment methods

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:

Foundation year

50% written, 50% coursework.


The foundation year includes the following key components:

  • Mechanics
  • Computing & IT
  • Communication & Study Skills
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

Overall workload

  • Overall the BEng honours programme hours are 3600
  • Each year of the BEng programme is delivered typically through 20 contact weeks, six examination weeks, four reflective learning (private study) weeks and eight vacation weeks (which honours may be used for private study) per academic year
  • A BEng honours programme therefore requires a commitment of 40 study hours per week during the academic year.

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:

Foundation year

47% scheduled learning, 53% independent learning.

After you graduate