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 Foundation Pathways are designed for international students who require a preparatory year prior to UK undergraduate study. Foundation students are guaranteed a place on a University of Birmingham undergraduate programme if they meet the progression requirements.

 

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.

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 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 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 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.

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
Science and Engineering Laboratories   10
Case Studies in Chemistry   10
Elementary Computer Programming   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.

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.

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

Applications are currently closed, and will open on 1 October 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.