Engineering and Physical Sciences Pathway - January

Start date
January
Duration
1 year / 4 years
Course Type
Undergraduate, Foundation
Fees

Annual tuition fee for 2019/20:

£9,250 (EU); £16,740 (Overseas)

Our Foundation Pathways are designed for international students who require a preparatory year prior to UK undergraduate study. The foundation programme is equivalent in learning to year 13 of the UK education system and provides students with a fully integrated experience; meaning that all of our students are taught by Birmingham academics and have full access to facilities in the University of Birmingham’s stunning Edgbaston campus. Foundation students are guaranteed a place on a University of Birmingham undergraduate programme if they meet the progression requirements.

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences has a long and proud tradition of educating students from across the globe. We welcome scholars from over 200 countries who contribute to the strong international atmosphere that is a major feature of the college.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects are critically important in the development of our future fuels, materials and machines, and the College plays a significant role in training the next generation of world-class engineers and scientists to solve our future challenges. We have strong links with major UK employers such as Rolls-Royce and Airbus, and our staff and students are at the forefront of research into a wide variety of areas, from working with particle physicists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland to using nanotechnology to develop microengines.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Pathway will lead you towards an undergraduate degree in one of the following:

 The Engineering and Physical Sciences Pathway will ensure that you are fully prepared for undergraduate study in the UK by providing you with strong academic training and transferable skills. Successful completion of the foundation year will also guarantee you progression onto your chosen degree.

 

See the Engineering and Physical Sciences January start Pathway progression table 2019-20 for more information about the undergraduate degrees available for a Foundation Pathways student choosing this pathway and the compulsory and optional modules you should undertake.

Why Study this Course?

1. You will study and live in our stunning campus

As a student at the Birmingham International Academy, you will have full access to the University’s facilities including a new sports centre offering up to 200 sports and fitness classes, an award winning museum and art gallery and a new library. There are 40 food and drink outlets on campus providing cuisine from around the world.

2. You will be taught by world-leading academics

The University of Birmingham has 11 Nobel Prize winners and is leading research in physics, rail and health. Studying at Birmingham will challenge and develop you so that you can pursue further study with a good level of academic skill.

3. You will join a community with over 6,500 international students

International students have formed some of the University’s most exciting and vibrant student societies. These societies can support you during your time on campus, whether that be through music, food, religious beliefs or a whole range of other activities from around the world. The Birmingham International Academy also has a dedicated welfare tutor who will help all foundation students with any academic or personal issues they may encounter during their studies.

4. You will be guaranteed a place on one of the University’s undergraduate programmes if you achieve satisfactory grades in your foundation year

Successful completion of one of the four foundation pathways will guarantee you progression onto your chosen undergraduate degree. We want to make sure you’re fully prepared for your undergraduate studies, so each pathway will help you to develop important academic and English language skills.

5. You will be part of an exciting city with people, food and cultures from around the world

Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK. We have people from over 150 nationalities living here and there are restaurants and shops letting you try food from around the world. Birmingham has many mosques, temples and churches, and hosts live music, cultural and sporting events that you can attend (or maybe even participate in), including the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Modules

You will take subject-specific modules from the table below plus one of the Academic English and Study Skills modules (or the Advanced Academic skills) amounting to a total of 120 credits.

When you receive and accept your offer, you will be advised about your module choices. Some undergraduate degrees will have compulsory modules that you should take in your Foundation Pathways' programme.

 
Modules  Credits
Introductory Mathematics   10
Properties of Matter   10
Mechanics and Waves   20
Further Mathematics    20
Foundation Electronic and Electrical Engineering   20
Introductory Computer Science   20
Introductory Chemistry   10
Introductory Organic Chemistry    10
Molecular Cell Biology   20
Case Studies in Chemistry   10
Elementary Computer Programming   10
Science and Engineering Laboratories   10

Module descriptions

There are a range of Academic English and Study Skills modules, including advance options.

Introductory Mathematics

This module develops your confidence and knowledge in basic mathematical techniques and skills.

Properties of Matter

In this module you will be introduced to some of the basic structures of matter and how these structures affect material properties and their behaviour and uses in science and engineering.

Mechanics and Waves

The aim of this module is to develop a basic understanding of the principles of mechanics and the fundamental concepts of wave motion.

Further Mathematics

This module builds on the knowledge and skills developed in the Introductory Mathematics module (Term 1). It will cover topics associated with functions, further calculus and numerical methods.

Foundation Electronic and Electrical Engineering

This module aims to develop basic knowledge and skills relevant to electricity and magnetism.

Introductory Chemistry

This module aims to develop a number of fundamental concepts associated with the discipline of Chemistry. This module introduces fundamental features of atomic structure, before extending towards compounds, including concepts of bonding and oxidation states.

The Periodic Table

This module covers important concepts such as periodicity and molecular shapes. It also expands and develops the basic bonding theories presented in the pre-requisite module (Introductory Chemistry) in more detail.

Introductory Organic Chemistry

This module aims to develop knowledge and skills in basic organic chemistry and you will be provided with a good grounding in the Organic Spectroscopy module

Organic Spectroscopy

This module further develops some of the concepts presented in the Introductory Organic Chemistry module, such as isomerism and arrow-pushing schemes.

Physical Chemistry

This module aims to develop your knowledge and skills in the broad area of physical chemistry and includes practise of some mathematical techniques within a chemical context.

Practical Chemistry (Laboratory)

This laboratory-based module is designed to provide you with experience of practical chemistry. It also provides you with training in aspects of health and safety.

Introductory Computer Science

The module introduces issues relating to the representation, storage, exchange and manipulation of information and the theoretical and practical aspects of computing.

Fees

Tuition fees for both September 2019 and January 2020 are £16,740 (International Fee) and £9,250 (EU Fee)

This includes:

  • Academic year's tuition fees
  • Books and all classroom equipment

Please see information on available scholarships.

You are required to pay a deposit of GBP £1,000* to confirm acceptance of your place. This amount will be deducted from your tuition fee. Read more information about single payment options.

*Please note: due to government funding systems EU, American and Norwegian students are exempt from the deposit,  along with students funded by a recognised sponsor or scholarship organisation.

Please note: Accommodation will incur additional charges to the above fee.

How To Apply

Apply online through the "apply for this course" button at the top of this page.

Applications will close on 5 August 2019.

Please visit our country pages for specific entry requirements and study information.

 

As a Birmingham student you are part of an academic elite and will learn from world-leading experts. In 2017, we received a Gold rating by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), demonstrating our commitment to providing our students with outstanding teaching. The University of Birmingham is proud to count 11 Nobel Prize winners among our staff and alumni, including three prizes awarded in 2016.

We use a range of teaching methods to help you become an independent and self-motivated learner. You will have access to a comprehensive academic support system that will assist and encourage you, including a welfare tutor who can provide guidance on all academic and non-academic needs.

Your learning will take place in a range of settings, from scheduled teaching in seminars, lectures and small group tutorials, to peer group learning where you may be asked to prepare and deliver a presentation with your classmates.

 

Graduates from these degree programmes benefit from excellent career prospects in major, globally recognised companies in industries as diverse as food, electronics, construction, pharmaceuticals and space technology; or you could commit to further study and pursue a career in research and development.