Engineering and Physical Sciences Pathway

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

Annual tuition fee for 2020/21:

£9,250 (EU); £18,120 (Overseas)

Our Engineering and Physical Science Foundation Pathway is the perfect preparation for undertaking a Russell Group education at a global top 100 university. We guarantee your progression to a wide range of our undergraduate programmes if you meet our progression requirements.

 

Our foundation pathway provides you with a fully integrated experience, which means you will be taught by Birmingham academics and have full access to all the facilities at the University of Birmingham’s stunning Edgbaston campus.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Pathway will lead to a number of undergraduate degrees that have an excellent reputation for teaching and research. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects are critically important in the development of our future fuels, materials and machines, and the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences 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.

Our Engineering and Physical Sciences Pathway leads to undergraduate degrees in all the subject areas outlined in our progression table.

Please note, the 2020/2021 progression table will be available soon.

Why Study this Course?

1. You will study and live on our stunning campus

As a student at the Birmingham International Academy, you are a full member of the Birmingham student community, will access to all University facilities and student events. This includes our sports centre offering up to 200 sports and fitness classes, an award winning museum and art gallery and our library. There are 40 food and drink outlets on campus providing cuisine from around the world.

2. High quality teaching

During your foundation year you will be taught by the same world-leading academics who teach on our undergraduate courses. Birmimgham was awarded a Gold rating in the most recent Teaching Excellence Framework, reinforcing our global reputation as an outstanding higher education provider. 

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

Our students come from all across the world. Birmingham has an outstanding global reputation, and is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world in the QS World University rankings 2020

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 our foundation pathways will guarantee you progression onto your chosen undergraduate degree. We want to make sure you are 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.

Some undergraduate degrees will have compulsory modules that you should take in your foundation pathway.

 
Modules  Credits
Mathematics I 10
Materials 10
Mechanics 10
Waves  10
Mathematics II 10
Calculus 10
Statistics and Data 10
Foundation Electronic and Electrical Engineering 10
Introductory Computer Science 10
Introductory Inorganic Chemistry 10
Introductory Organic Chemistry 10
Science and Engineering Laboratories 10
Group project 10

Module descriptions

Mathematics I

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

Materials

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

The aim of this module is to develop a basic understanding of the principles of mechanics

Waves

This module covers the fundamental concepts of wave motion.

Mathematics II

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

Calculus

This module further develops mathematical methods around calculus .  

Foundation Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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

Introductory Inorganic Chemistry

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

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

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.

Statistics and data

In this module you will cover statistical analysis of information and data, how to present different data sets along with how to obtain and test results from a STEM context.

Science and Engineering Laboratories

This module introduces you to working within laboratories explores a series of scientific experiments developing and understanding of the experimental method and the impact of scientific discoveries.

Group project                                   

In this module you will work in a multidisciplinary team to design and build a device achieve an objective e.g map part of the green heart, 3D scan an object. 

Fees

Tuition fees for September 2020 are £18,120 (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

Please review our entry requirements for your country before making your application. 

To apply, click the Apply Now button at the top of this page. This will direct you to our application site, where you can complete the required information, and upload relevant documents to support your application. 

International Requirements



Entry requirements for our foundation pathways will depend on the qualifications you have taken. To find out the specific requirements for your country, or the qualifications you have taken, please visit our country pages.

If you have any questions about the entry requirements listed, please get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of this page. 

 

At Birmingham we believe in the importance of developing confident learners who are able to discover and master new academic skills.

Our tutors and staff will teach you using a range of methods that are appropriate to your chosen pathway or course. When you enrol at the BIA, you will be allocated a tutor who will help you to monitor and reflect on your progress. You will also have access to a welfare tutor who can assist with any difficulties you have in your personal life.

The University of Birmingham has a reputation for excellent teaching and is proud to count 11 Nobel Prize winners among our staff and alumni, including three prizes awarded in 2016. In 2017, we received a Gold rating by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), demonstrating our commitment to providing our students with outstanding teaching.

Academic English and Study Skills

In addition to your academic subject modules you will study on your pathway, you will take a module in Academic English and Study Skills. This will enable you to develop you academic communication. We are a British Council accredited language centre, so you can be assured of the quality of the English language teaching you will receive.

You will be learning in a supportive environment in small classes (maximum 15 students) that are focused on your individual needs. Classes are dynamic, with many opportunities for you to actively develop your communication skills in groups.

Regular one-to-one tutorials provide you with feedback on your progress throughout the module and e-learning workshops allow you to work on specific aspects of academic communication such as constructing arguments and communicating complex ideas. They will also allow you to develop the academic skills needed to thrive in an undergraduate programme at a top 15 UK university.

We will assess your language proficiency at the start of the programme and you will then follow one of two module structures: core or high-level English.

You will take either:

One of three 40-credit modules, or a 20-credit module depending on your current level of English.

Each module will equip you with the English required for your undergraduate degree. All modules will allow students to become familiar with what is expected from excellent Undergraduate students. The lower levels also include work on overall language proficiency.

Please note that all students take one of these modules as an integral part of their foundation year.

You will take a module determined by your initial placement test and your entry qualification (eg IELTS). The decision of the Birmingham International Academy (BIA) is final.

 

We also offer Presessional English programmes for students who do not yet meet the English language entry requirements.

Presessional courses are offered during term-time and the summer with flexible entry and exit points depending on your current level of English (IELTS score) and the requirements of your main UoB offer for Foundation Pathways.

The length of course you need depends on your existing level of English, and on the score specified in your UoB offer letter.

Assessment Methods

Assessment on the Foundation Pathways is by a combination of exams, laboratory work, coursework exercises, project work and written assignments, depending on the subject. Assessment of your English language progress will be made by the BIA.

If you have made satisfactory progress at the end of your first year at the BIA, and are progressing to an undergraduate degree programme at the University of Birmingham, you will not normally be required to take another English language test.

Progression

Upon successful completion of the appropriate pathway, you will be guaranteed progression to an extensive range of our undergraduate programmes in Arts and Law, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical Sciences or Social Sciences. Academic and English language progression requirements apply for each programme. For a small number of programmes you will need to pass an interview, workshop or audition stage.

Teaching methods

Lectures

You will listen to and engage with academics who will introduce you to key facts and ideas in your subject. You may wish to take written notes but most lectures are now recorded, so you can access the information afterwards using our virtual learning environment (VLE).

Seminars

You will be encouraged to present and discuss your ideas in small groups and to debate with other students.

Tutorials

Your tutor will provide continuing academic support and guidance on a one-to-one basis.

Workshops

You will engage in problem-solving sessions facilitated by a member of academic staff; these sessions usually involve students working in groups.

Laboratory-based work

Students on the Engineering and Physical Sciences or Medical, Life and Geo Sciences pathways are likely to get experience analysing real-life problems in a laboratory setting.

Peer group learning

You may be asked by your tutor to direct a lesson or prepare a presentation with your fellow classmates. By interacting with the lesson material, you will remember the content more effectively.

 

Our Careers Network offers a range of services that will help you identify and work towards your career goals from the day you arrive at Birmingham. This includes a dedicated careers advice and guidance service delivered by experienced and professionally qualified employability consultants and advisors. The University of Birmingham is the second most sought after university by graduate employers. Each year our dedicated Employer Liaison Team organises over 120 employer presentations, graduate recruitment fairs and events. We can also develop work experience opportunities for you, greatly enhancing your employability skills.

Your education at Birmingham will prepare you for a career that has no geographical boundaries. With over 6,500 international students from more than 150 countries, we have one of the largest global student communities in the UK. You will live and study alongside students of all nationalities, enabling you to see the world from a different viewpoint. 31% of our academic staff are non-UK nationals, demonstrating that Birmingham attracts the brightest talent to its academic community from around the globe.

We have longstanding links with universities throughout the world, including membership of Universitas 21, the prestigious consortium of global research-led universities in 16 countries. We have also established networks which promote excellence in global engagement via centres such as the China Institute and Africa Hub.  Once you progress to your undergraduate degree, this network of global partnerships will offer you exciting international opportunities, such as work experience placements and annual summer schools that attract the best students from across the world to engage in an exchange of culture, experience and intellect.