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Engineering Foundation

Foundation course

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024



Course length

Full time: 1 year foundation course leading to a 3 or 4-year degree course

Part time: 2 years

UCAS Tariff Points



Our Engineering Foundation prepares you for degrees in Mechanical, Motorsport, Robotic and Automotive Engineering.

Our course combines technical expertise with creativity and imagination. We develop your technological knowledge before you enter industry. You can specialise in a range of areas, including;

  • automotive
  • electro-mechanical
  • mechanical
  • motorsport
  • robotics.

You'll learn;

  • the mathematical and scientific principles in engineering and technology
  • basic principles in post-GCSE mathematics
  • engineering
  • engineering applications.

You will also gain hands-on experience of real engine components and have access to industry-standard workshops, laboratories and computers.

Our course usually leads to one of our BEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) engineering courses as well as excellent career prospects.

Students working together

How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 56

A Level: CD

IB Points: 24


Further offer details

We welcome applications from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Maths at grade 5/B; English Language at grade 4/C minimum normally required

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

We will introduce you to key mathematical and scientific principles. You will need these for first-year undergraduate studies in engineering and technology.

Semester 1 covers the basic principles of post-GCSE mathematics and engineering. 

In Semester 2 you will develop your knowledge of;

  • mathematics
  • mechanical and electrical engineering principles.

You will also take two modules in engineering applications. And consider the role of new technology in society, gaining hands-on experience of technological equipment. 

Students with lecturer

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Fundamentals and Applications of Technology (double)

Basic Mechanical Engineering Principles

Basic Electronic Engineering Principles

Foundation Engineering Mathematics I (FEM I) - prerequisite for FEM II

Foundation Engineering Mathematics II (FEM II)

Engineering Applications

Optional modules

Basic Data Analysis

Introductory Mathematics (alternate to FEM I and FEM II) (Alternative compulsory)

Foundations of Computer Programming

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Our teaching methods include;

  • lectures with question-and-answer sessions
  • demonstrations
  • small-group tutorials
  • practical work.

We also use tutorial sheets and assignments to develop your abilities and provide focused feedback. As well as encourage you to work on your own and extend your understanding.


Assessment methods used on this course

We assess you through a combination of examination and coursework. However, some modules are based wholly on coursework.

Our assessment methods include;

  • assignments
  • library exercises
  • class tests
  • online tests
  • assessed practical work using innovative applications of IT and specialised equipment.

Study abroad

To find out whether you can study or work abroad while on this course, please email

After you graduate

Career prospects


Students progressing to a degree subject at Brookes are often the most successful graduates and have even resulted in some becoming full-time members of staff for the department. Students who leave after the Foundation Diploma can use this qualification as an entry into degree studies at most Universities. Those who seek employment can access the University Career Service, which assists students in researching companies, careers and how to apply for a job.

Further study

Successful completion of the course enables you to progress onto one the following degree courses at Oxford Brookes subject to meeting any specific entry requirements. During the second semester you will choose which course you wish to join. 

If you decide not to pursue an engineering degree, you can choose to progress onto one of our BEng degrees in computing or media, provided you have passed the relevant foundation modules.

As a foundation-year student, you will become familiar with our teaching methods, notations and approaches so you will be well prepared for degree-level studies.

Free language courses

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Programme changes:
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.