Engineering with Foundation Year Beng

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

January 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 29,691

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Our integrated Science, Technology and Engineering (STEM) Foundation Year degrees are aimed at students who wish to study a STEM subject, such as engineering, but don’t have the traditional entry requirements.
  • The course is run on the University of Leicester campus like any other, and you will be studying alongside other students who applied for, and slightly missed out on, a place on a course similar to yours. In the first year of this course you will all be working towards passing a foundation year (year 0), which will enable automatic progression onto year 1 of any of our BEng (or MEng) Engineering courses.
  • By completing the STEM Foundation Year you will automatically progress onto the first year of your chosen degree.
  • You will be taught by our expert academic staff from across a number of departments. 
  • The course strongly emphasises the development of essential professional and personal skills, which are necessary throughout your studies and beyond.
  • During your foundation year you will join our student community and be able to enjoy all aspects of the University of Leicester student experience. You will be able to join the Students’ Union, use our academic and leisure facilities, live in our accommodation and access all our support services.
  • You will have a personal tutor to support you.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: BCC or points equivalent from your best three A-levels. You must have taken Maths or Physics at A-level.
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English.
  • BTEC Diploma: DDM in a science related subject, which must include appropriate maths and science content. You may be required to take an additional maths assessment test.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 26 points minimum, and must include appropriate maths and science content.
  • Access to HE: Pass diploma with 24 Distinctions in a science related subject, which must include appropriate maths and science content. You may be required to take an additional maths assessment test.
  • We welcome applicants with other qualifications. Please contact to find out more. 

Selection process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Foundation Year


  • Mathematics 1
  • Mechanics 1
  • Waves and Matter
  • Mathematics 2
  • Mechanics 2
  • Electromagnetism and Quantum Physics
  • Academic Portfolio Project
  • Laboratory Skills

Year 1

  • In the first year of the BSc proper (your second year at Leicester) you will cover a number of core topics in engineering.


  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering Design and Experimentation
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Mechanical Engineering

Year 2

  • Year 2 of the BSc course is your third year at Leicester. You will study modules from both the mechanical and electrical disciplines and will begin to specialise within these disciplines. You will also take an integrated design project in which you will work in a team with students from other engineering disciplines – vital experience for the modern world of engineering.

Core modules

  • System Dynamics and Control
  • Integrated Engineering Design
  • Engineering Experimentation and Analysis
  • As a General Engineering student you have a wide choice of optional modules. So that the modules build on each other to support your learning, these are grouped into themes.

First choose one Mechanical module theme:

  • Materials and Structures followed by Materials Processing. or Dynamics and Thermofluids followed by Applied Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Then choose one Electrical module theme:
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics followed by Electrical Engineering or  Communications followed by Embedded Systems 

Final Year

  • The final year of your course will be either your fourth or fifth year at Leicester, depending on whether you took a year out.
  • You again have a wide choice of option modules in which to specialise in your particular interests across the Department. Your individual project is a significant part of this year, giving you the opportunity to investigate a specific engineering concept or challenge.


  • Engineering Management
  • State Variable Control

Plus four option modules from:

  • Finite Element Analysis and Design
  • Heat Transfer and Energy Systems
  • Tribology in Engineering Design
  • Aerospace Materials and Structures
  • Rigid Body and Structural Dynamics
  • Digital Control and Actuators
  • Power Electronics
  • Introduction to Radio Systems
  • Machine Learning for Engineers
  • Power Systems
  • Signal Processing for Radio Communications
  • Parallel Processing and Concurrency
  • Plus your Individual Project

Please note: There are restrictions on the combinations of option modules you can take, based on what you chose to study in your second year and whether the modules run in the autumn or spring semester. Staff will be happy to give advice on your study choices based on your individual career aspirations and your individual project.

Year Abroad or in Industry (optional)

  • If you want to, you can spend the third year of the BSc, which will be your fourth year at Leicester - away from Leicester. You can study abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.
  • UK and EU Students 
  • Starting in 2021 
  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year. 
  • Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years 
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year 
  • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

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