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Engineering Foundation with pathways in Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical Engineering

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 meet 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)/MEng(Hons) engineering degree of your choice, dependent on satisfactory grades.

To apply for the foundation course, please use the application link on the course page of your chosen pathway.

Choose your pathway

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
1 year full time UCAS codes are included on the relevant webpage for the course you would like to study 2020
Location Penrhyn Road and Roehampton Vale

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • The Aerospace Engineering BEng/MEng course received 100 per cent for satisfaction for learning resources (National Student Survey 2018). 
  • The Civil and Infrastructure Engineering BEng degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM). 
  • 100 per cent of students from the MEchnical Engineering BEng/MEng course are in highly-skilled employment or further study six months after graduating (DHLE 2016/17).

What you will study

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.

Please note: 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 MEng(Hons) degree.

Year 1

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.

Core modules

Engineering Mechanics

30 credits

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.
Engineering Science

30 credits

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.
Business, Laboratory and Study Skills

30 credits

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 (e.g. 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 (e.g. email, Canvas and online referencing software).
Technology Mathematics

30 credits

This module introduces the basic mathematical techniques used in engineering and technology studies. The module commences with manipulating numbers (arithmetic) e.g. 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.

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list as these could change before your year of entry.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Extended degree with a Foundation year

If you would like to study one of our engineering degrees at Kingston University but are not yet ready for Year 1 of an undergraduate course, a foundation year is ideal. Please see the engineering foundation year course page for details.

Entry requirements

Typical offer

  • 64 UCAS points from two Level 3 qualifications
  • A-levels: any subjects (General Studies and native language A-level not accepted)
  • BTEC Diploma (grades MM)
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (grades MPP) in any subject
  • Key Skills: points not accepted in tariff

Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects grades A*-C including Mathematics and English Language (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading).

Additional requirements

Entry on to this course does not require an interview, entrance test, audition or portfolio.

Alternative routes

We will consider a range of alternative Level 3 qualifications or significant experience that are equivalent to the standard offer.
Please note: This is not a standalone course but is an integrated foundation year. Successful completion of the foundation year will enable you to automatically progress onto the first year of your chosen degree. UCAS codes are included on the relevant webpage for the course you would like to study which offer the foundation year option.


We welcome applications from International Applicants. View our standard entry requirements from your country.

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.0, with no element below 5.5.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions. Assessment comprises exams and coursework (e.g. reports, computer and numerical exercises, laboratories and essays).

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your workload

Type of teaching and learning

Year 1

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study

How you will be assessed

Type of assessment

Year 1

Year 1
  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Exams

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally enrols 130 students and lecture sizes are normally 25-130. However this can vary by module and academic year.

Who teaches this course?

The course is taught at the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. Faculty staff have a wide range of experience across research and industry and continue to practice and research at the cutting edge of their discipline. This ensures that our courses are current and industry informed ensuring you get the most relevant and up to date education possible.

Staff will use their experience and professional networks to hone your skills and shape you into the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates.


Course fees and funding

2019/20 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2019/20 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International £14,200
Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) To be confirmed by the Island Authorities

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home/EU tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

UK and EU students who successfully complete the foundation year and progress to a BSc(Hons) programme will pay the standard undergraduate fee for the degree part of the course (currently £9,250 for all courses).

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Need to know more?

Our fees and funding section provides information and advice on money matters.

Funding information

Tuition fees

Eligible students can apply to Student Finance England for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of tuition. The loan is paid directly to the University.

Living costs support

Eligible students can apply to Student Finance England for a loan to cover living costs. The loan is paid into your bank account in three instalments - one at the start of each term. The maximum maintenance loan in 2019/20 is £11,672 if you live away from home and study at Kingston University or £7,529 if you live with your parents whilst studying.

The maintenance loan is partly income-assessed - to find out how much you may be able to receive please visit the Student Finance Calculator.

Applying for loans

To apply for a tuition and/or maintenance loan, you need to create a Student Finance account and submit an online application with Student Finance England. Please see the links below if you are from another UK or EU country.

Additional support

Additional support is available from Student Finance England for disabled students and students with children.

Students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland

The package of funding available to students from other parts of the UK is slightly different. Please visit the relevant authority for more information:

European Union students

The UK Government has yet to confirm the position of EU students starting courses in the 2019/20 academic year.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials, security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses.


In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.


Travel costs are not included but we do have a free inter-site bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

Lab equipment

For this course you will need to purchase a lab coat and safety glasses at approximately £20. Students will also be required to purchase safety boots which cost a minimum of £27, a £10 voucher will be supplied by Kingston University to help cover this cost

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

EU students starting a programme in the 2019/20 academic year will be charged the same fees as those who began in 2018/19 (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the Kingston University fees schedule).

They will also be able to access the same financial support for the duration of their course as students who began in 2018/19, even if their degree concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.

No assurances have yet been made regarding 2020/21 and beyond. Updates will be published here as soon as they become available.


There is a wide range of facilities for practical work at our Roehampton Vale campus, where this course is based. You will have access to a modern environment with the latest technology and industry-standard equipment, including: 

  • 3D design studio and workshop;
  • mechanical engineering workshop;
  • rolling roads;
  • automotive testing facilities;
  • a Lotus Exige; and
  • cars and motorcycles built by engineering students.

The recently enlarged library at Roehampton Vale provides collections of specialist engineering books and journals. 

The £4 million Hawker Wing, which opened in December 2007, provides three floors of extra space for students and staff at Roehampton Vale, including improved learning and teaching facilities. 

What our students say

So why do a degree in astronautics? Well, apart from being able to call yourself a rocket scientist you get to work closely with industry on amazing projects, for example rocket engines, orbit calculations, satellites and interplanetary missions. The course is very wide in scope as you cover many engineering disciplines, allowing you much flexibility when you are job hunting. 

The course is fundamental if you want to pursue a career in space, with many companies having close links with Kingston and recruit periodically. I now have the opportunity to take my research further by pursuing a PhD in rocket engine systems, something that would have been unrealistic if not for this course." 

Jack James, Aerospace Engineering Foundation Year and Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics & Space Technology BEng(Hons)

Jack James, Aerospace Engineering Foundation Year and Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics & Space Technology BEng(Hons)

After you graduate

Once you have completed this course, you can join a BEng(Hons) or BSc(Hons) engineering degree of your choice at Kingston University in the fields of aerospace engineering, civil engineering, construction management, mechanical engineering, automotive engineering or motorsport engineering, dependent on satisfactory grades. 

Careers and recruitment advice

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has a specialist employability team. It provides friendly and high-quality careers and recruitment guidance, including advice and sessions on job-seeking skills such as CV preparation, application forms and interview techniques. Specific advice is also available for international students about the UK job market and employers' expectations and requirements.

The team runs employer events throughout the year, including job fairs, key speakers from industry and interviews on campus. These events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting. For example, in the picture here students are practising their interview skills with real employers at a 'speed interviewing' event on campus.

Employability preparation at Kingston University

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.  

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include: 

  • placements; 
  • working or studying abroad; 
  • volunteering; 
  • peer mentoring roles; and  
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University. 

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.



Courses available after you graduate

If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni.  

Undergraduate study
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