University of Bradford Engineering Foundation Year

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University of Bradford Engineering Foundation Year


These courses are aimed at students who do not have the necessary mathematics or science qualifications for registration directly onto an Engineering degree course. It will enable progression to an Engineering degree here at Bradford.

The main features of the course are the study of physics, mechanics and pure mathematics, which give an excellent grounding in the subjects necessary for your chosen specialism.

Successful completion enables you to go onto the first year of any of the following BEng courses:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical and Automotive Engineering
  • Medical Engineering

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

If you proceed onto one of our BEng (Hons) or MEng courses from the Foundation Year, these courses are accredited by the relevant professional institution.

Enty requirements

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

To include AS-level Maths or Physics.

Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

BTEC Extended Diploma:

MMM in Engineering to include the unit Mathematics for Engineering Technicians at Merit.

MMM in Construction and the Built Environment to include the unit Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment at Merit.

MMM in Applied Science – the following units must be taken:

  • Mathematical Calculations for Science
  • Using Statistics in Science
  • Energy changes, sources and applications
  • Electrical circuits and their applications

Plus at least one from:

  • Chemical periodicity and its applications
  • Chemical laboratory techniques
  • Industrial chemical reactions

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Not accepted.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements:

For non-native English speakers, IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, or IELTS 5.5 for the International programme.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.