Engineering with Foundation Year

Key information

Why choose this course?

  • you will develop your skills and practical knowledge using our industry-standard facilities
  • you can proceed onto one of our accredited (to CEng, IEng and CITP) BEng or BSc programmes
  • learn from our field leaders; ​95% of our engineering research is rated internationally excellent.

This programme is an ideal alternative route to higher education as it prepares you for progression to an engineering related honours degree at the University of Hertfordshire.

On completion of your foundation year, and providing you meet the requirements set by the University of Hertfordshire, you will progress to your selected degree course in engineering. You will not need to reapply through UCAS for this.

What's the course about?

The Engineering with Foundation Year Degree is suitable for UK/EU students. Non-EU students are advised to apply to the Hertfordshire International College instead.

The foundation year is designed as a preparatory year to enable you to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills you need to progress to the first year of a variety of our undergraduate engineering courses.

You don’t need to decide which course you will progress to at this point. This general foundation year provides an overview of many types of engineering, giving you greater flexibility and more choices when you decide to progress on to an undergraduate engineering programme. Your tutor will support you with making a decision and supporting you through the application of progression. Progression is dependent on achievement. Some courses have specific academic and non-academic requirements to progress such as an interview and/or satisfactory DBS. Please contact us to find out which requirements apply to which course.

On completing this degree, you may choose to progress on to one of the following bachelor's courses.

BEng degrees

BSc degrees

During the foundation year, you spend four days a week at Oaklands College. On the other day, you come to the University for laboratory sessions where you carry out practical engineering work including undertaking project labs in three key engineering areas.

Study location

The foundation year is taught at Oaklands College. You will be taught over two semesters (A and B) where you will study eight core modules in engineering, providing you with a solid platform from which to progress to your choice of engineering honours degree.

On successful completion of the foundation year, you will then continue your degree studies at the University of Hertfordshire’s College Lane Campus.

You will study one year at the college and progress onto the University of Hertfordshire for another three years (full-time) – four years total.

Or you will study one year at the college and progress onto the University of Hertfordshire for another four years (sandwich) – five years total. 

What will I study?

You'll spend an foundation year gaining all the knowledge you need to progress to the first year of any of the University of Hertfordshire's BEng engineering degrees or technology-based BSc degrees. During that year, you'll spend four days a week at Oaklands College, plus a day at the University. There, you'll work alongside all the other engineering extended degree students, carrying out lab and project work under the supervision of the University's staff. 

This is a great way of becoming familiar with the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science, as well as getting to know the staff and students from both colleges. The lab sessions and projects have been developed so that you'll undertake practical activities in each of the major engineering discipline areas.