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If you don’t have the traditional entry requirements for our undergraduate courses, choosing a programme that includes a foundation year may be an option for you.

A foundation year is an integral part of a longer degree course, rather than a stand-alone qualification. It may be a good choice for you if:

  • you have gained good grades in non-science A levels or International Baccalaureate
  • you did not achieve the predicted grades in science subjects due to exceptional circumstances (for example serious illness)
  • you are taking other qualifications, such as BTEC National Diplomas or Certificates
  • you are a mature student returning to education after a period of time
  • you have studied overseas and your qualifications are not recognised as A level equivalents

I had been interested in doing something maths related for quite a while, but I realised that engineering courses require an A-level in Physics. I chose to take the Foundation Year, as it would set me up perfectly for the first year of my degree. I would have all the qualifications necessary and would have already experienced university life.

Alasdair Gerrard - Engineering Foundation Year, 2014

English language requirements

If you are considering taking the Engineering Foundation Year, you should be aware that this does not include English language modules. If English is not your first language, we ask you to obtain a recognised qualification, such as IELTS with a score of 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each band. The University offers various courses in English for academic purposes, to take place before your formal studies begin. You can find out more here.

Fees and funding

For fees and funding purposes, the foundation year is generally classed as part of a 4 or 5 year degree course. The annual tuition fee is identical. If you are a UK student, you may apply for a loan or grant for this foundation year in the same way as for other degree courses. You can find out more here.


You should apply for all degree courses with a foundation year through UCAS.

More information

For more information on foundation year programmes, including entry requirements, contact:

Dr Anna Barney, Foundation Year Admissions Tutor
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 3113

For general enquiries, contact:

Electronics and Computer Science Undergraduate Admissions Team
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2969

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