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Engineering and Technology with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


A level

D,E,E-E,E,E

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 48-56 Tariff points to include 1 A level.

48-56 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 32.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English, Mathematics and Combined Science/Physics at grade C, or equivalent/GCSE English, Mathematics and Combined Science/Physics at grade 4, or equivalent.

48-56 UCAS Tariff points to include 1 Higher Level subject

48-56 tariff points to include a Higher Level subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

MM-MP

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MPP-PPP

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

MM-MP

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

MPP-PPP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MM-MP

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP-PPP

48-56 Tariff points.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

T Level

P

Pass (D or E in the core)

UCAS Tariff

48-56

48-56 points to include 1 A level, or equivalent.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

General or integrated engineering

**Overview**

This foundation year course sets you up for success if you don’t yet meet the entry requirements for one of our Bachelor's degrees in computing, engineering, surveying, maths or physics.

There’s more than one route to a degree, and missing out on the right grades first time round or beginning your studies as a mature student shouldn’t stop you realising your potential. On this BEng (Hons) Engineering and Technology degree with foundation year, you’ll develop the maths, science and technology skills vital for studying at degree level.

You’ll then move onto the first year of one of our Bachelor’s degrees.

**Course highlights**

* Develop the knowledge to go onto your Bachelor's degree course with confidence

* Study alongside other students working towards achieving a full degree, just like you

* Experience hands-on practical work in our technology laboratories such as the * Microcontroller and Digital lab, Energy Lab and the Future Technology Centre Computing Lab

* Benefit from remote access to our simulation software, including Google App Scripting and LTSpice – supporting your studies even when you're off campus

* Discover how to learn engineering concepts using everyday materials at home

* Get student membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), paid for by the University

**Quick guide to foundation year courses**

A foundation year course allows you to:

* Explore your options before choosing your Bachelor's degree course

* Experience university life and get a taste for the way you'll be taught

* Develop the study skills and knowledge you'll need to succeed in your chosen Bachelor's degree

**Careers and opportunities**

Studying engineering, technology, maths or physics gives you in-depth knowledge of the parts that make the modern world work.

This foundation year, and the Bachelor's degree you move onto, will give you the skills employers need to implement innovative technologies and designs that could influence our healthcare system, aviation, transport, communication and so much more.

Depending on the degree you move onto after your foundation year, it's likely there will be a high demand for your profession in the industry sector you graduate into. And you'll get ongoing careers support from our Careers and Employability Service for up to 5 years after you graduate from your full Bachelor's degree.

**Placement year opportunities**

Between your third and fourth year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. Taking an optional placement year will give you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation.

We'll give you all the support you need to find a placement that prepares you for your career, and we'll continue to mentor you throughout your placement.

Modules

Modules currently being studied:
- Electrical Engineering
- Engineering Materials and Design
- Engineering Mathematics
- Engineering Principles
- Computing for Engineers
- Sustainability and Energy Studies

The modules you study in years 2, 3 and 4 will depend on which degree you choose at the end of year 1.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

written examinations
coursework
practical tests
project work
presentations

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 60% by written exams, 23% by practical exams and 17% by coursework
Year 2 students: 54% by written exams, 6% by practical exams and 40% by coursework
Year 3 students: 42% by written exams, 2% by practical exams and 56% by coursework
Year 4 students: 45% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 50% by coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£18,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Technology

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
med
General or integrated engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Engineering (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

57%
Staff make the subject interesting
71%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

71%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
88%
Male students
12%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

E
E
E

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
86%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

52%
Engineering professionals
8%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
5%
Information technology technicians

As a mixed subject within engineering where students get a chance to learn from a range of disciplines, this course isn't taken by as many people as some of the more specialist disciplines. Demand for engineering skills is high, though, and so unemployment rates are low and the average starting salary was a very healthy £26,400 for 2015 graduates. Graduates are able to specialise enough to be working in jobs in engineering — especially in design and development - as well as engineering project management. IT and management consultancy were some of the more common jobs outside engineering. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to a MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Engineering

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£27k

£27k

£32k

£32k

£39k

£39k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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