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Engineering Foundation with pathways in Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical Engineering

Pathway Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
Aerospace 1 year full time H408 2017
Civil 1 year full time H208 2017
Mechanical 1 year full time H308 2017

Why choose this course?

This course is ideal if you would like to join one of our engineering honours degrees but need a preparatory period of study. It provides an alternative entry route if you do not have our standard entry requirements but have the ability to succeed at degree-level study.

Once you have completed this course, you can join a BEng(Hons)/BSc(Hons) engineering degree of your choice, dependent on satisfactory grades.

What you will study

You will study introductory modules in applied mathematics, engineering mechanics and science required for the later years of your engineering degree. You will begin to learn to conduct and analyse engineering experimental work and to use relevant computing software.  You will also be introduced to fundamental communication and study skills.

Each module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and specific transferable skills appropriate for entry to Year 1 of your chosen engineering degree course.

NB: For student funding purposes, this is not a separate, stand-alone course, but is designed to form an integral part of a BEng(Hons) or BSc(Hons) degree.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 0

  • This module includes an introduction to business, economic theories, study and communication skills with an emphasis on professional aspects of engineering. The module enables students to gain confidence in the use of computer and engineering associated programmes and be able to conduct experimental work and furthering the knowledge of principles of statistics and dynamics.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Plan and complete written technical investigations and deliver them either as an individual or group technical presentation.
    • Describe basic business and economic theories and identify their processes and systems.
    • Successfully conduct experimental work following health and safety regulations.
    • Analyse data obtained from experimental work and prepare standard laboratory reports of their findings and results.
    • Competently use computers and standard software relative to problem solving (eg spreadsheets, graphics and simple computer programming).
    • Demonstrate a transition to independent learning and have a competent use of library and electronic resources as well as the use of the University's ICT systems (eg email, Studyspace and online referencing software).
  • This module offers an introduction to engineering mechanics and a framework to areas of engineering including: civil, mechanical and astro/aeronautical. The module develops the capacity to predict the effects of force and motion while carrying out engineering design, where you will be encouraged to visualise and sketch physical configurations and to formulate and solve basic mathematical models.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Use SI units confidently and correctly.
    • Derive and use the equations of statics.
    • Determine stress and strain for basic engineering problems.
    • Resolve forces acting at a point using equilibrium equations and graphical methods.
    • Apply Newton's laws of motion to basic practical engineering problems.
    • Calculate work, energy and power for practical engineering problems.
  • This module provides a firm foundation in the appropriate scientific concepts and laboratory skills to enable the student to progress to their chosen programme of study. The module introduces a range of scientific areas including electricity, waves and oscillations, heat and thermodynamics, pressure and fluid flow ensures that the students studying either mechanical, civil or aerospace engineering benefit from recognising how scientific concepts find universal application.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Apply the electrical concepts of resistance, resistivity, electromagnetism and electrostatics to solve contextualised problems.
    • Apply the concepts of oscillations, waves and circular motion to solve engineering problems.
    • Apply the basic concepts of heat and thermodynamics through the use of the laws of thermodynamics to simple engineering problems.
    • Apply the concepts of fluid pressure and fluid flow to engineering problems.
    • Analyse data obtained from practical laboratory work to write concise and accurate laboratory reports.
    • Draw valid conclusions from experimental data with an appreciation of the limitations of the experimental work undertaken.
  • This module introduces the basic mathematical techniques used in engineering and technology studies. The module commences with manipulating numbers (arithmetic) eg averages, percentages and fractions, progressing to algebra were solving equations is introduced (linear, quadratic and simultaneous) and trigonometry.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Manipulate algebraic expressions.
    • Solve linear, quadratic and simultaneous equations using a wide range of methods including matrices.
    • Solve problems involving trigonometric ratios and functions.
    • Use logarithmic, exponential and trigonometric functions.
    • Apply techniques of differentiation and integration to standard and complex functions.
    • Use complex numbers.

Years 1, 2 and 3

  • These modules will be dependent on the engineering discipline you go on to study at Kingston University.


We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

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