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The Engineering Foundation Year will introduce you to engineering design and problem solving, and ensure you are confident with the statistics, algebra and trigonometry needed for success at degree level.

Many people who undertake the foundation year are still thinking about which sub-discipline of engineering to specialise in. The course covers both mechanical and electrical engineering and lays the foundations of physics so you’ll be able to test your preferences and make an informed decision about which degree to study after the end of the year.

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Successful completion of the foundation year will qualify you to join any of the following degrees:

You may may also, with agreement from the Faculty, be able to progress on to progress onto BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, depending upon a minimum pass rate being successfully gained in the mathematical modules. 

Northumbria is ranked 3rd in the sector nationally for thesustained employment of Engineering and Technology graduates five years after graduation.(Longitudinal EducationOutcomes (LEO) 2017)

The Engineering Foundation Year will introduce you to engineering design and problem solving, and ensure you are confident with the statistics, algebra and trigonometry needed for success at degree level.

Many people who undertake the foundation year are still thinking about which sub-discipline of engineering to specialise in. The course covers both mechanical and electrical engineering and lays the foundations of physics so you’ll be able to test your preferences and make an informed decision about which degree to study after the end of the year.

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Successful completion of the foundation year will qualify you to join any of the following degrees:

You may may also, with agreement from the Faculty, be able to progress on to progress onto BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, depending upon a minimum pass rate being successfully gained in the mathematical modules. 

Northumbria is ranked 3rd in the sector nationally for thesustained employment of Engineering and Technology graduates five years after graduation.(Longitudinal EducationOutcomes (LEO) 2017)

Course Information

UCAS Code
H3M2

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Mechanical and Construction Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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Ranked in the world top-300 for Engineering and Technology in the Times Higher Education's World University subject rankings 2018.

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You’ll be taught by tutors who have many years of experience in the various aspects of the engineering industry. Their experience, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The quality of their research has put Northumbria University among the UK’s top 25% of universities for the percentage of research outputs in engineering that are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent. (Research Excellence Framework 2014.)

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. We’ve built up numerous industrial links during the 50+ years that we’ve been offering engineering courses. These links help ensure high quality placements and collaborative projects.

Northumbria has the advantage of being located in the North East of England, which is a centre of manufacturing and technical innovation. As well as Nissan, the region’s #1 company, there is a strong concentration of automotive, engineering, chemicals, construction and manufacturing companies.

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Our teaching methods include lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions and group projects as well as some tutor-directed and self-directed learning. Within the laboratory sessions there’s a strong emphasis on problem-solving and application of your new knowledge.

Our assessment methods are designed to give you feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. Some assignments incorporate self-reflection and self-appraisal of your performance against clearly defined criteria, in order to help you identify areas for improvement. Assessment is mainly through exams and coursework. 

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Northumbria University provides outstanding facilities for engineering and physics. We have specialist laboratories for smart materials and composites, building and construction, control and instrumentation, fluids and thermodynamics and physics. 

Our rapid prototyping room will make it easy for you to bring your design projects to life, and our modelling workshop offers tools and specialist equipment for modelling your designs. All our facilities are backed up by specialist technicians who will give support and advice when you need it.

To facilitate group projects, there is a working space called The Hub that’s well equipped for meetings and working with IT. The Zone is another area that’s popular with students undertaking group work or individual study.

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With our research-informed curriculum and problem-solving approach to learning you’ll acquire a wide range of analytical skills as you progress through the foundation year.

Your assignments will encourage you to become a more independent learner and thinker. You’ll explore academic literature and professional publications to help determine appropriate solutions to various engineering scenarios.

Throughout the course your learning will be impacted by the teaching team’s active research into their specialist subjects. Northumbria University has particular interests in novel construction materials, Building Information Management, smart materials and sustainable technologies.

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The primary purpose of the foundation year is to prepare you for further study at undergraduate level. At the same time there will be a wealth of opportunities to develop skills and knowledge that will be immediately useful to employers, both in the UK and in other countries. Your employability will be enhanced through the development of transferable skills like problem-solving, group working, independent learning, effective communication and IT skills.

When you progress to one of our undergraduate degrees, you’ll find that they have been carefully designed to fit the needs of employers. Our BEng (Hons) engineering degrees will partially fulfil the academic requirements for chartered status that are laid down by the relevant professional bodies. Chartered status is associated with improved employability and higher salaries.

Throughout your time at Northumbria University our Careers and Employment Service will offer resources and support to help you find roles matching your interests and skills. You’ll be able to access a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

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On successful completion of this foundation year you’ll be able to transition smoothly to an undergraduate degree course. Having experienced the various sub-disciplines within engineering you’ll be more confident about choosing a course in mechanical, construction or electrical/electronic engineering.

Engineering is a growth industry and currently there is a shortage of engineers. By being able to access, and in due course complete, an engineering degree you’ll gain the credibility that’s needed to take up well-rewarded and fulfilling jobs.

Your employability will be further boosted by your acquisition of the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

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Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one You will study introduction modules to electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, design and problem solving, algebra and environmental science

Who would this Course suit?

If you want to pursue a career in engineering but feel that you need to deepen your knowledge before embarking on a degree, this course offers an introduction to help you decide which degree option best meets your needs.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

80 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Merit Merit Pass

Scottish Highers:

CCCC at Higher level, CC at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

BCCCC

IB Diploma:

80 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 30 credits at Merit and 15 at Pass

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.</

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications</

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KB3001 -

Introduction to Engineering Design and Problem Solving (Core, 20 Credits)

You will be introduced to engineering problems in lecture sessions along with example solution strategies. You will learn through workshop sessions and this will be the basis for you to work in groups and individually. You will learn and introduce some of the basic skills of engineering design, through basic product analysis, paper design exercises and practical "design-make-test" exercises. You will be introduced and learned practical skills which will give you a feel of real solutions. You will develop practical skills through the manufacture of simple devices. You will be introduced and learned problem solving with an emphasis on a structured approach to practical work and involve: planning and control, information retrieval, report writing and data presentation. An exercise based upon learning from the history of engineering and technology.

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KB3002 -

Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the principle of mechanics such as rigid body, degree of freedom, displacement, velocity, acceleration, standard constant acceleration equations, motion under gravity, vectors motion of a projectile, moments, couples, addition of forces, Newton’s Theory of Gravitation, concept of equilibrium, free body diagrams and friction.. You will thoroughly understand about the principles of heat transfer and electrical energy which includes properties of fluids, different forms of energies, Laws of conservation of energy, simple electrical energy, combustion, conduction, convection and radiation. You will learn about study skills: to learn how to achieve effective learning, working in groups and time management. You will also be engaging with the theoretical knowledge through experimental work by learning to record observations concisely, produce diagrammatic information and graphical data representation during this module.

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KB3006 -

Environmental Science and Human Comfort (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about Human Comfort in terms of temperature, humidity and light within the built environment. This will include aspects of the science involved in the calculation of comfort indicies and methods of prediction of human response to comfort, in enclosed spaces as well as the use and promotion of daylight into internal environments.You will work to understand the Health and Safety aspects involved in the industry and through learning to work in teams and write reports while managing your time you will also learn about thermal properties and the heat transfer characteristics of typical construction materials, how these differ across the seasons and how to calculate the basic energy loads associated with these.

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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KC3002 -

Introductory Algebra and Statistics (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about elementary algebra and statistics necessary to embark on an engineering degree. You will learn the below highlighted topics which is indicative rather than prescriptive:

ALGEBRA:
You will learn:
• arithmetical operations on signed numbers: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and exponentiation.
• square roots. Fractions. Removing brackets. The order of operations.
• substitution and evaluation of algebraic expressions.
• plotting linear and quadratic functions.
• simplification of algebraic expressions, removing brackets.
• multiplication of polynomials.
• exponents - including negative and fraction exponents.
• factorising expressions including quadratics, difference of squares.
• addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of algebraic fractions.
• solution of linear and quadratic equations - including simultaneous equations.
• the exponential and log functions.
• arithmetic and geometric sequences and series.
• the binomial series.

STATISTICS:
You will learn
• representation of various types of data.
• frequency distributions: histogram, frequency polygon.
• cumulative frequency, cumulative frequency polygon.
• the mean, the mode, median.
• range, mean deviation, variance, standard deviation.

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KC3003 -

Foundation Algebra and Trigonometry (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about graphs and equations of common functions, including trigonometric functions. The module further shows you how these mathematical concepts can be used in a variety of ways to help you in understanding and solving physical problems.

You will learn the below highlighted topics which is indicative rather than prescriptive:

1. You will learn to use of Pythagoras’ Theorem. Calculation of areas and volumes of common solids (10%)
2. You will learn to use Cartesian coordinates and simple coordinate geometry. Linear graphs. (10%)
3. You will learn to use the derivative related to the rate of change. Differentiation of standard functions. The second derivative. Maximum and minimum values of a function. (20%)
4. You will learn integration as the inverse of differentiation. Integration of standard functions. Area and definite integrals. (10%)
5. You will learn measurement of angles: degrees and radians. Right angled triangles: Pythagoras’ Theorem. Definition of sine, cosine, and tangent in a right angled triangle. Application problems. Graphs of sine and cosine functions over one cycle. Sine and cosine rules. (20%)
6. You will learn the definition of secant, cosecant, cotangent. Arc length and sector area. Definition of sine and cosine as co-ordinates on a unit circle (of angles in all quadrants). Graphs of sine, cosine, and tangent to emphasise their periodic nature. General solution to elementary trigonometric equations. Phase angle. Use of standard trigonometrical identities (Pythagorean, compound angle, double angle), in manipulation of expressions and their use in solving trigonometrical equations. (30%)

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KD3000 -

introduction to Electrical Engineering (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will introduce you the essential fundamentals of electrical engineering. You will learn about the application of electrical circuits analysis theory to solve problems in electrical engineering, such as resistor networks, voltage divider, RC circuits and rectifiers. You will go through Ohm’s Law, Joule’s Law and Kirchoff’s law extensively to assist your understanding of electrical circuit analysis. You will learn about the basic concepts and application principles of DC circuits. Topics include terms and symbols, basic electrical and electronic components/devices, electrical measurement instruments and the laws of DC circuits. In particular, how Ohm’s Law, Kirchoff’s Law and Joule’s Law are applied to DC resistor networks (such as voltage divider) consisting of series connections and parallel connections. You will cover how Ohm’s law and Joule’s law are used to calculate the power supply of batteries and power consumption of resistors. You will also learn about A.C. circuits including topics like safety, terms and symbols, sine waves, AC electrical theory and AC measurement instrument. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of power transmission/distribution system, domestic wiring and safety, RC charging/discharging circuits, diodes, transformers and rectifiers. You will understand about Digital logic circuits and numbering systems: These topics include principles of NOT/AND/OR/XOR gates, terms and symbols, combinational gates, Boolean expression, truth table and circuit schematics. Your main emphasis will be on the principles of basic gates and the equivalence among Boolean expression, truth table and circuit schematics. These topics are foundations for any engineering programme which you will be covering with maximum support from a team of experts.

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