Engineering Science Foundation Year

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Founded in collaboration with Siemens, the University of Lincoln’s School of Engineering has a core philosophy of research-led teaching. The engineers of the future need to be highly skilled, creative professionals who can adapt to new challenges and deliver sustainable solutions in an ever-changing environment.

At Lincoln, we aim to prepare our graduates for the challenges of employment in industry and for further study and research. Our groundbreaking collaboration with Siemens has won prestigious Lord Stafford and Times Higher Education awards.

Foundation Year Programmes

Course Title UCAS Code Validation Status Entry Requirements (A level) Entry Requirements (BTEC) Entry Requirements (T Level) Additional Requirements (GCSE)
Biomedical Engineering with Science Foundation Year BEng H781 Subject to Validation CC (64 UCAS Tariff points) MPP (Merit, Pass, Pass) Pass (D or E on the Core) 3 GCSEs at grade 4(C) to include English and Maths
Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Science Foundation Year BEng H603 Validated CC (64 UCAS Tariff points) MPP (Merit, Pass, Pass) Pass (D or E on the Core) 3 GCSEs at grade 4(C) to include English and Maths
Mechanical Engineering with Science Foundation Year BEng H302 Validated CC (64 UCAS Tariff points) MPP (Merit, Pass, Pass) Pass (D or E on the Core) 3 GCSEs at grade 4(C) to include English and Maths
Mechatronics with Science Foundation Year BEng H662 Validated CC (64 UCAS Tariff points) MPP (Merit, Pass, Pass Pass (D or E on the Core) 3 GCSEs at grade 4(C) to include English and Maths
International Foundation Year
N/A Validated This programme is designed for International students. For full programme and entry requirement information, visit https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/course/engiicfc/.

The University of Lincoln highly values mature students and the life experiences and determination that they contribute to our learning community. If you do not meet the standard entry requirements above, but can evidence your aptitude through vocational qualifications, occupational, or life experiences, please contact sfy@lincoln.ac.uk.

Widening Participation Route

Are you interested in studying engineering at university but don’t have the qualifications for standard university entry? At Lincoln, we value life experiences and determination and want to give everyone the opportunity to succeed. Demonstrate your potential by showing us your personal skills such as self-motivation, effective team work, and strong verbal and written communication and we may be able to offer you a place on the Science Foundation Year.

Entry Requirements:

  • GCSE grade C (new grade 4) in Maths and English
  • Aged over 21 on entry to the course
  • Ability to demonstrate the personal skills required to succeed, such as self-motivation and excellent time management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Respect for regulations, guidance, and standards
  • Honesty, integrity, and respect for others and the wider public interest
  • A commitment to maintaining high standards and accuracy.

To find out more about this route of entry, please contact us at sfy@lincoln.ac.uk.

 

How You Study

Students on all foundation programmes study a combination of core and subject specific modules during the first year as part of an integrated degree programme. The combination of modules studied is tailored to the needs of the full degree programme that students wish to progress onto after successful completion of the foundation year.

Students study three modules at the start of the programme, which aim to build a foundation in mathematics and introduce key study skills required for further study. Students study a further module which introduces fundamental aspects of a specific area of science relevant to the chosen foundation year programme. Students also study an integrative module which is aligned to the full degree programme which students' wish to progress onto upon successful completion of the Science Foundation Year.

Following successful completion of the Science Foundation Year, students will then progress onto the first undergraduate year of their chosen degree programme. This means students will study for a total of four years for a standard degree, or five years if they take an integrated Master’s degree. Students’ final awards upon graduating will reflect the full course title, for example “BSc Mechanical Engineering with Science Foundation Year”. Course specific information on the full degree programmes within the School of Engineering can be found on our course pages.

Modules

All students will study the modules:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Study Skills
  • Mathematical Methods

Students also choose one of the following:

  • Fundamentals of Physics
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry

Students also complete an integrative module:

  • Foundation Year Engineering

Following successful completion of the foundation year, students will then progress onto their chosen full degree programme. Full module details can be found below:

Applied Mathematics

This module is compulsory for students progressing into Mathematics, Physics, or Engineering degrees. The module aims to develop the relevant problem solving and mathematical skills to provide a solid mathematical base to support future studies. The module will be assessed via regular submission of coursework questions and an end of year synoptic assessment.

Study Skills

This core module is compulsory for all Science Foundation Year students. During the communication elements of the module, you will have the opportunity to develop your learning, group work and presentation skills, together with both written and verbal communication skills and ICT skills. The module will be assessed via submission of three pieces of coursework.

  • A reflective commentary
  • A group presentation
  • A scientific essay

Mathematical Methods

This module is compulsory for students progressing into Mathematics, Physics or Engineering degrees. The aim of this module is to recap and consolidate your knowledge in key areas of A-Level Mathematics, whilst also developing key processing and problem solving skills.

Foundation Year Engineering

This module aims to enable students to gain an understanding of their chosen degree and career path, as well as supporting them in their personal development as reflective learners and engineers. Shaped around a series of practical activities, the aim is for students to explore current and future developments in engineering and the engineering industry. Practical activities are aligned to various engineering disciplines, such as automation, electrical and electronics, control, and mechanical engineering, in order to provide an insight into the diverse range of opportunities within the profession and the aim is to enable students to make an informed choice on study pathways.

Students choose one of the following options:

Fundamentals of Physics

This module is compulsory for students progressing into Mathematics and Physics degrees, and is an optional choice for those on Engineering or Chemistry degree paths. The aim of this module is to recap and consolidate your knowledge on key areas of A-Level Physics, whilst also developing key processing and mathematical skills. Work within laboratory sessions also aim to increase your confidence in both working practically and analysing practical results.

Fundamentals of Chemistry

This module is compulsory for students progressing into Chemistry, Life Sciences and Pharmacy degrees, and is an optional choice for those on Engineering degree paths. The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge on key areas of Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, whilst also developing key processing and problem-solving skills in an academically challenging yet supportive environment. Work within laboratory sessions also aim to increase your confidence in both working practically and analysing practical results.

How You Are Assessed

The way students will be assessed will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a lab report or essay, an end of year synoptic assessment, portfolio development, group work, or presentations to name some examples.

Choosing the Science Foundation Year gave me a whole year to find my feet. The Science Foundation Year team were so encouraging and managed to push me out of my comfort zone using unique teaching methods which really supported my journey.

Matthew Bokor

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with a Foundation Year graduate