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Engineering Foundation

Foundation course

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020



Course length

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

Part time: 2 years


School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

UCAS Tariff Points



What you will study
This one-year course provides the foundation for entry to an engineering degree programme, suitable for Mechanical, Motorsport and Automotive Engineering. We will introduce you to the mathematical and scientific principles in engineering and technology. You will learn basic principles in post-GCSE mathematics, engineering, and engineering applications with excellent hands-on experience of real engine components. Semester 2 develops your understanding of mathematics, mechanical and electrical engineering principles. You will develop an appreciation of the role of new technology and gain experience of technological equipment.

Students working together

How to apply

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 56

A Level: CD

IB Points: 24


Applications are welcomed from candidates with alternative qualifications, and mature students with relevant experience, including a substantial period of suitable employment, are welcome to apply.

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

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A Level: grades CD or equivalent

GCSE: Maths at grade B and English Language at grade C minimum

This course is intended for students who are at least 18 years old and hold either:

  • recognised non-science qualifications to A-level standard
  • recognised science qualifications to A-level standards, but with grades insufficient to qualify for an engineering degree or diploma course.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard 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

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 with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home/EU Full Time

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

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Tuition fees

Questions about fees?

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Home/EU Full Time

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

International full time

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU 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 and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

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

Learning and assessment

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Students with lecturer

Study modules

Year 1

Fundamentals and Applications of Technology (double)*

Basic Mechanical Engineering Principles*

Basic Electronic Engineering Principles*

Basic Data Analysis

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

Foundation Engineering Mathematics II (FEM II) *

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

Foundations of Computer Programming

Engineering Applications*

* = Required

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

Learning and teaching


Assessment methods used on this course

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 of our engineering or mathematics degree courses, 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 BSc 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.