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The demand for engineers is at an all-time high in the UK. By studying our foundation course, you’ll be taking your first step to success. We’ll prepare you for degrees in mechanical, motorsport, and automotive engineering, so you can kickstart your career and become part of this exciting industry.
Technical expertise meets creativity and imagination on this course. You'll explore the basic mathematical and scientific principles in engineering and how they apply to the real world. All of this knowledge will help you bring ideas to life.
Gaining hands-on experience will be important too. You’ll work with real engine components and take part in industry-inspired workshops, with plenty of time spent in our laboratories. At times it will be challenging, but it means you’ll feel ready to join one of our degree programmes by the end of your foundation year.
If you're a motorsports fanatic then there’s no better place to study than Oxford Brookes. We’re connected to the industry and even have our own Formula Student team which you can get involved with as a foundation student.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Oxford Brookes Racing
Get involved with our Formula Student team. Formula Student (FS) is Europe's most established educational engineering competition and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2023.
At the heart of motorsport
We have strong connections to local Formula One teams and other automotive factories in the area.
Our academics are making breakthroughs in a range of research areas including alternative fuels and different manufacturing techniques.
Students who progress to a degree subject have even become industrial collaborators on staff research projects.
Build a foundation
This course is designed to prepare you for our degrees in mechanical, motorsport, and automotive engineering.
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.
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Every engineer needs excellent mathematics skills. That’s why you’ll complete a double module in maths. Don’t worry, we'll start with the basics, and gradually explore more complex areas. We also cover data analysis and statistics which are also key skills for professionals in this area.
You’ll look at the mechanical principles that underpin engineering, from forces, stresses, and strains, to kinematics, thermodynamics, and experimental techniques. We’ll also explore electronic engineering principles and how these principles come to life in engineering parts, devices, and systems.
By looking at engineering applications, you’ll understand how mechanical and electronic engineering integrate. That’s key for knowing how to use materials, build faster cars and create real change.
We’ve designed this course so you’ll be ready to move on to our degree programme when you finish. With knowledge of the key principles, you’ll be ready to take your learning to the next level and apply your skills to practical design challenges.
Learning and teaching
Our teaching methods include:
- lectures with question-and-answer sessions
- 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.
We assess you through a combination of examination and coursework. However, some modules are based wholly on coursework.
Our assessment methods include:
- library exercises
- class tests
- online tests
- assessed practical work using innovative applications of IT and specialised equipment.
If you pass this foundation course, we guarantee you a place on one of our engineering degree programmes. Students who progress to a degree subject have even become members of staff for the department after graduating.
Whatever you decide to do next, you’ll get support from the University Career Service. The team can help you research companies and careers, as well as explain how to apply for jobs.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
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
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
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. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
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It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.