Engineering - Foundation Automotive Engineering - Foundation - 2016/17 Entry

Course Overview

The essential course information

Course Code:
H338
Award:
Foundation
Attendance:
  • Full Time (1 year/first year of a 4-year degree)
  • Sandwich (1 year/first year of a 5-year degree)
School:
School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Campus:
City Centre

This course is accredited by:

The Institution of Engineering and Technology - towards Chartered Engineer status (subject to a re-application for approval)

Places on this course are available through Clearing
180 points (or equivalent) are required for this course in Clearing - see the 'Entry Requirements' for more info.
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This course can form the "foundation" year of a four-year BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering. It is aimed at those people who do not have the necessary qualifications to directly enter the three-year degree.

This course has a strong emphasis on equipping students with transferable, key skills. It aims to provide you with a wide range of skills and knowledge of basic principles in the relevant subject areas to prepare you for the first year of your degree.

Transfer to some of the courses on the BSc programme is also possible.

Key Facts

  • All of our BEng (Hons) undergraduate programmes can be studied over an extended full-time duration of four years by including a Foundation Certificate (year one of four). The Foundation Certificate provides a broad study programme that underpins the continuing years of the follow-on degree. It should be noted that to progress to the next year of the degree, it is necessary to achieve a pass in all of the modules of the Foundation Certificate.
  • This course has been specifically designed for people who do not have the necessary qualifications to directly enter year one of the undergraduate programme. It is popular with mature students without formal qualifications and school leavers with inappropriate qualifications for normal direct entry.
  • Once you successfully complete the year you will automatically qualify for a place on one of these courses, which are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)* as satisfying the academic requirements towards Chartered Engineer status (CEng).
  • This course is the common year zero for our four-year BEng (Hons) engineering courses.

*subject to a re-application for approval

Why Choose Us?

  • Alongside practical, technical ability, you’ll be able to put adaptability, creativity, problem solving and logical reasoning on an employer’s table.
  • Located in the prestigious £114m Millennium Point - City Centre Campus; with technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice.
  • The School is first UK-based academy of PTC Inc – a major business software solutions provider to the US Government; collaboration provides access to industry-standard tools such as ProE.
  • The School, in collaboration with Walker Adams Ltd, has recently launched the Birmingham City University Motorsport Team, which is open to all students and organises a range of events and visits to companies such as MIRA, Morgan Motor Company, JCB and Westfield Sports Cars.
  • Relationships with a number of sector bodies, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Accelerate Partnership and the Midlands Aerospace Alliance, directly benefits you by exposing you to ‘real’ live projects.

Entry Requirements for Clearing 2016

180 points (or equivalent) are required for this course in Clearing.

Use the UCAS Tariff Tables to work out your points.

Our Clearing hotline 0121 331 6777 will open at 7am on Thur 18 August.

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Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Typical UK QualificationRequirements 2015/16

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.

GCE A Level/ AS  Level CCE at A Level or 200 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels with at least one A Level is from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including a minimum of 12 Technical credits at Merit or Distinction
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) DM or can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 200 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) MMP - 200 UCAS points
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 200 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma 24 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate 200 UCAS points - Higher levels to include Mathematics at Higher Levels
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 200 UCAS points- two Advanced Highers with Mathematics at Advanced Highers or equivalent grade CCE
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 200 UCAS points

If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

Typical EU/Non-EU (International) QualificationsRequirements 2015/16
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 24 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

How to Apply

Use the course H338 code to search for this course on UCAS

International application form

Fees and Finance

Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2016 FT 1 year/first year of a 4-year degree Foundation £9,000
Sep 2016 SW 1 year/first year of a 5-year degree Foundation £9,000
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2016 FT 1 year/first year of a 4-year degree Foundation £12,000

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Where the student goes on to study a full-time undergraduate BEng (Hons) degree and opts to take a full-year work placement, there will be no fee for the additional placement year.

University Approach to Employability

Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.

Read our Employability Statement to find out more.

Placements

Students are encouraged to further enhance their career prospects by including an industrial placement in their course. This takes place after the third year of study for those who completed the Foundation year as "year one" (second year for those on a three-year degree) and extends the course duration to five years.

As well as providing the workplace experience sought by many employers, a placement provides an invaluable opportunity for students to further develop their practical expertise, earn money and try out a potential career path. The Faculty's placements team supports students throughout the placement process.

Full details can be found on the School placements page.

Further Studies

The Foundation Certificate in Engineering provides you with the opportunity to develop key skills in appropriate disciplines. Students who successfully complete the year automatically qualify for a place on our BEng (Hons) in Engineering degree programmes.

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Putting our students first

We pride ourselves on our student satisfaction levels which have risen from 73 per cent to 83 per cent between 2010 and 2012. Our dedication to improving the student experience is illustrated by our award-winning student engagement, our close links with business and industry and our £180 million investment in new facilities.

Employability facts

92.9 per cent of graduates from the School of Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Systems who went into either employment and/or further study achieved a graduate-level destination. The average full-time salary for a leaver was £21,700. Employers who hired leavers from the School include Jaguar Land Rover and Ford Motor Company, offering positions such as Design Engineer and Calibration Engineer.

Working with your Students’ Union

Improving student satisfaction is a priority commitment shared by both Birmingham City University and its Students’ Union. In its strategic planning, the Union has pledged to be more accessible, more relevant and provide more opportunity to engage with a diverse student community.

The Students’ Union is already a key stakeholder in supporting an excellent teaching experience at Birmingham City University, through joint projects such as the Extra Mile Teaching Awards and the Student Rep scheme, which allows students to share their ideas on how they are taught.

As Birmingham City University moves towards a two campus strategy where it can better support enhanced learning and student support facilities across a two-mile radius, the Students’ Union will also be better able to implement its commitment to improve communication and engage with its valued student membership.

Course Structure

This course has a strong emphasis on equipping students with transferable, key skills. It aims to provide you with a wide range of skills and knowledge of basic principles in the relevant subject areas to prepare you for the first year of your degree.

The foundation year is a general foundation year for all of our BEng degree programme. It contains core subjects of mathematics, mechanical science and electrical science with a subsidiary subject of information and communication studies.

The emphasis is on the mathematics and sciences in order to bring you up to A Level standard. Mathematics, mechanical science and electrical science are assessed by coursework and examination while information and communication studies are assessed by coursework.

On successfully completion of the foundation year, you will automatically qualify for a place on to one of our BEng (Hons) Engineering degree programmes.

Course Modules

Year 1 - Foundation Certificate Engineering - 120 Credits

ModuleCredits
Mathematics for Engineering 45 Credits
Mechanical Science 30 Credits
Electrical Science 30 Credits
Information and Communication Studies 15 Credits

Module Descriptions:

Mathematics For Engineering
  • The purpose of this module is to apply mathematics to the solution of practical problems; to be able to use mathematics to communicate effectively; and to introduce the basic mathematical techniques required to solve practical engineering problems e.g. algebra, functions, matrices, trigonometry, differential calculus and integral calculus.
Mechanical Science
  • The module introduces the fundamentals of mechanics and related science required for you to progress onto an engineering based degree.
  • The module addresses fundamental mechanics but also includes basic coverage of materials structure and properties, energy, thermodynamics, waves and some aspects of engineering related to the environment and sustainability.
Electrical Science
  • The module introduces the fundamental electrical and electronic principles of analogue and digital circuit design and operation.
  • Specifically, to develop an understanding of the principles of analogue and digital circuit design, and to introduce the concepts and techniques related to electrical and electronic systems.
Information And Communication Studies
  • The module introduces a number of software packages, in order to apply these effectively in reports, presentations and project planning.
  • You are introduced to research methods and instructed in the use of the internet and library resources. Instruction and guidance is given on report writing, referencing and how to avoid plagiarism.

Assessment Methods

A range of assessment methods is used throughout the course including continuous assessment, in-class tests, examinations, laboratory exercises and project work. Using these methods, your all-round ability will be appraised providing you with the best opportunity to excel.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology - towards Chartered Engineer status (subject to a re-application for approval)

The programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as satisfying the academic requirements towards becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Accreditation depends on the final year project being completed and passed without compensation.

Enquiries

Prospective students from the UK
  • Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
  • If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from outside the UK

Further Information

For general enquiries, please contact the School of Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Systems as follows:

School of Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Systems
Birmingham City University
Millennium Point
Curzon Street
Birmingham
B4 7XG

Tel: +44 (0)121 331 5400

If you haven't already, visit the School of Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Systems website for more information.

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