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Engineering Foundation

Foundation course

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

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.  

What next?
Studying a foundation course will give you confidence in key topics and will familiarise you with our teaching methods, notations and approaches. The course normally leads to one of the BEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) degree courses offered in engineering subjects at Oxford Brookes. During the second semester you will choose your speciality area from automotive, electro-mechanical, mechanical, motorsport and robotics. This will ensure that you will be well prepared you for degree-level studies in subjects with excellent career prospects

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 56

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Wheatley Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 1 year foundation course leading to a 3 or 4-year degree course
  • Part time: 2 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • The course provides opportunities for you to improve your technological knowledge before entering industry as well as preparing students for higher degrees in technological subjects such as mechanical and automotive engineering.
  • You will have access to industry-standard workshops, laboratories and computers.
  • You’ll study in an environment which combines technical expertise with creativity and imagination.

We will introduce you to the mathematical and scientific principles underpinning first-year undergraduate studies in engineering and technology.

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

In Semester 2 you will develop your understanding of mathematics, and mechanical and electrical engineering principles. 

You will also take two modules in engineering applications. In addition, you will develop an appreciation of the role of new technology in society and you will gain hands-on experience of technological equipment.

Whilst a personal PC/laptop/tablet with access to the University online system might be of advantage, it is not a necessary requirement. All students will have access to PCs on-campus. Additional print costs may be required to submit coursework that cannot or should not be submitted on-line.

Study modules

This is normally a one-year course and you will need to take eight modules over two semesters. As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules available may vary from those listed here.

Module list


  • 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

Alternative Compulsory

  • Introductory Mathematics (alternate to FEM I and FEM II)


  • Foundations of Computer Programming
  • Basic Data Analysis

Study abroad

To find out whether you can study or work abroad while on this course, please email studyabroad@brookes.ac.uk

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

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.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Planned next generation facilities

Engineering, automotive and motorsport courses are currently based in a purpose-built £9m facility which is well equipped and the envy of many local organisations. As we continue our estates strategy for the future we are planning next-generation facilities for these courses, with the continuing aim of providing an environment in which technical expertise is enhanced by creativity and imagination.

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.

Teaching and learning

Various teaching and learning methods are used to stimulate the process by which you acquire knowledge. These include lectures with question-and-answer sessions or demonstrations, small-group tutorials and practical work. These are coupled with tutorial sheets and assignments intended to develop your abilities, provide focused feedback and to encourage you to work on your own and extend your understanding.

Approach to assessment

Most modules are assessed using a combination of examination and coursework, although some are assessed totally by coursework. Assessment can take many forms, including assignments, library exercises, class tests, on-line tests and assessed practical work using innovative applications of information technology and specialised equipment.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

International - full time: 2018/19: £14,000 2019/19: £14,280

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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 56

A-Level: CD or equivalent

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.

IB Diploma: 24 points



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.

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.

How to apply

International applicants

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

Oxford Brookes operates 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.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

Our location in the heart of the UK motorsports valley means you will benefit from our strong links with F1 teams, including work placements and recruitment opportunities.

Specialist facilities

You'll have access to a broad range of up-to-date facilities, including computer equipment, audio and video media facilities and software for computer-aided design and analysis.

We also have the following well-equipped engineering laboratories and workshops:

  • Mechanical Engineering Workshop and Projects Lab - providing machining and fabrication facilities.
  • Joining Technology Research Centre (JTRC) - used primarily for research into adhesively bonded joints and structures.
  • Stress and Materials Laboratory - where all machines are digitally controlled and capable of static and fatigue testing.
  • Dynamics Laboratory - with several pieces of high performance equipment for vibration monitoring and recording as well as acoustic measurements and modelling, including a damper dyno.
  • Fluid Mechanics Laboratory - housing a Plint and Partners open loop closed working section wind tunnel, a laminar and turbulent flow rig, pipe and nozzle flow apparatus.
  • Automotive Laboratory - fully equipped with workbenches, shelving and cabinets containing engineers' hand tools, automotive and race-car test and measurement equipment (including a four-post rig for chassis analysis), pneumatic and electric power tools, lifting equipment and a range of personal protective equipment.
  • Thermodynamics Laboratory - supporting the engine testing and emissions analysis programmes within the department.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

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.