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Coventry University

Engineering (Foundation Year)

UCAS Code: H100

Foundation Certificate - Fd cert

Entry requirements


The Access to HE Diploma. Plus GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 / C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

PPP

Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)

D

UCAS Tariff

40

from a minimum of one A2 level.

93%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2020

Subject

General or integrated engineering

Our Foundation Year courses offer an introduction to your chosen subject and are an ideal route to degree level qualifications, helping you develop the necessary skills for further study.
A highly-respected discipline, this qualification gives you a broad and diverse career path, from law, to business and even medicine. Engineers are always in demand and with the right skills and a degree level qualification, this industry can lead you to frequent travel, passion projects and a very fulfilling career.

This Foundation Year is ideal for those looking to start a career in the engineering industry. It provides you with opportunities to develop fundamental knowledge and skills in a range of mathematical and business principles, as well as the theories and concepts of electrical and mechanical engineering.

Key course benefits;

*You will receive support with applying for short and long-term placements, to gain the experience employers desire, with our in-house Careers & Employability Department.

*You will have the opportunity for multi-campus learning in Coventry, London and Scarborough.

*We keep our fees low to make higher education more accessible to everyone.

*Small tutorial group sessions ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.

*We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.

*Hands-on experience devising, creating and implementing your ideas. Previous projects have included:Design of low cost digital keypad lock with LCD display as part of a home security system.Design of remotely controlled heating system in automotive HVAC. Investigation and Design of GPS Guided Autonomous Robot. Reverse Engineering, investigation and analysis of a headphone band.

Modules

Your main study themes are:

**Academic Skills:** You will improve and refine key academic skills needed for progression into higher education and industry application. These skills include research methods, communication skills, referencing skills, presentation skills and more.
Independent and Autonomous Working: You will gain the ability to critically appraise an engineering scenario, with a view to apply modern technologies to improve efficiency or effectiveness.

**Industry Adaptation:** You’ll study factors that influence engineering, policies and processes.

**Project Management:** You will be effective and efficient in project management, time management and organisation. You will be introduced to a number of applications and processes to facilitate the successful development of management skills.

**Research Methods:** Critical analysis, reflection, information searching and experimental design in engineering, data collection, analysis and design.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

The Uni


Course location:

CU Coventry

Department:

CU Group

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

73%
med
General or integrated engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Engineering (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

79%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

63%
UK students
37%
International students
86%
Male students
14%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
E

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Engineering (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£26,000
med
Average annual salary
91%
med
Employed or in further education
39%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

35%
Engineering professionals
13%
Health professionals
9%
Health associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

As a mixed subject within engineering where students get a chance to learn from a range of disciplines, this course isn't taken by as many people as some of the more specialist disciplines. Demand for engineering skills is high, though, and so unemployment rates are low and the average starting salary was a very healthy £26,400 for 2015 graduates. Graduates are able to specialise enough to be working in jobs in engineering — especially in design and development - as well as engineering project management. IT and management consultancy were some of the more common jobs outside engineering. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to a MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

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