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This integrated first year of study is ideal if you would like to explore these fields but don’t have traditional STEM A levels or BTECs, are returning to education or are changing careers.

Our course offers you the opportunity to progress onto one of our degrees. 

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Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

This course is ideal if you don't have the qualifications required for direct entry to a full degree, if you want to change your skillset, or if you're a mature student.

Students with 32 UCAS points and a GCSE grade C or above in English and Mathematics will sign up to a full degree course in combination with this integrated foundation year.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may enroll subject to a satisfactory interview.

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Course Overview 

The integrated foundation course is an intensive first year of study designed to make our STEM degrees more accessible. Many students lack confidence in mathematics and physics or don’t fit the stereotypical profile of an engineering graduate.

This is not a standalone programme but after successfully completing this course, you may transition on to one of our Engineering degrees.

The broad and varied course is delivered through small, interactive seminars and tutorials as well as practical lab and build experiences (approximately 12 contact hours per week) which develop research, communication, team work and problem-solving skills.

Why this programme?

As this integrated year leads to a range of diverse STEM degrees, it covers broad topics including: physics, mathematics, electronics and computing, and the practical application of these to engineering disciplines through design-build-test challenges. These practical CDIO (conceive-design-implement-operate) tasks offer you an opportunity to work in groups to combine your skills and solve real engineering problems.

In addition to core subjects, our module on ‘Communication and Study Skills’ will provide you with self-learning, planning, report writing and presentation skills, while 'Mathematical Foundations’ will introduce the ways that computing can be used to construct, solve and analyse mathematical problems and to programme microcontrollers.

The emphasis at Chichester is on project-based teaching taking place in settings where you can learn from each other across disciplines and interact with local businesses.

Our aim is to bring together science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics courses and specialists to produce graduates who have enterprise skills, creativity, technical knowledge, and are equipped to enter the graduate workforce.

Read our Engineering Department brochure.

Find out more

Are you interested in this course and want to find more? Come along to an Open Day. This will give you the chance to meet our Engineering department, ask them questions and explore the campus. 

Alternatively, we are open all year round for campus tours, so why not book on and come and visit Chichester. 

Our facilities

The Integrated Foundation degree is taught in our state of the art Tech Park on the Bognor Regis Campus.

The Tech Park is the UK’s first purpose built facility for delivering engineering through the problem-based learning, CDIO approach.

Tech Park Exterior  

Coast to Capital

With cutting edge teaching labs containing brand new equipment and apparatus, you will enjoy world class facilities for engineering education including:

  • A large, double height space for delivering our unique, exciting and rewarding design and build experiences

CDIO lab 

  • Practical project-orientated engineering workshop and teaching facilities

Practical space

  • Dedicated electronics and mechanics laboratories

Engineering laboratories

  • Fabrication laboratory

Fabrication laboratory


  • Specialist 3D printers

3D Printer

  • Facilities to teach Computer Aided Design

Computer Aided Design


The Tech Park is situated on our Bognor Regis campus, with our award-winning ‘Learning Resource Centre’ (LRC) at the heart of the campus, which hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study.

LRC Exterior

Also situated in the LRC is the ‘Support and Information Zone’ (SIZ), Costa Coffee and over 80 open access workstations. An equipment loan centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans. 

The Tech Park is based on our Bognor Regis Campus, located just 600 metres from the beach and next door to the leafy and tranquil Hotham Park.

Bognor Seafront

Where this can take you

The programme allows transition to other Engineering degrees. 

This is not a standalone programme but after successfully completing this course, you may transition on to one of our degrees.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics graduates have excellent career prospects and are amongst the most employable of all university leavers.

There is currently a significant shortfall in STEM graduates.  In fact, the UK Commission for Employment & Skills found that many of these vacancies are difficult to fill. 

Work placements

As part of an Engineering degree, you can apply for a year long industrial placement in your second year of study.

The placement typically begins after the second year and following the placement, you will return to complete your degree (effectively extending your study by one year). 

The placement will be a paid position, with pay at or above the National Minimum Wage.

This is a competitive process and, although staff will assist you in finding a suitable placement, a placement is not guaranteed. 



Indicative modules


Mathematical Foundations 

This module is aimed to provide the necessary mathematics to enable entry into the first year of BEng. degrees. The module is for those with no or little experience in applied mathematics at level 3 (A level, BTech) and is essential for studying other modules in the foundation year. 

Areas include:

  • Equations
  • Inequalities and basic rules of algebra
  • Geometry (2D and 3D)
  • Introduction to vectors
  • Introduction to matrices
  • Introduction to probability

Mechanical Foundations 

The aim of this module is to introduce you to mechanical engineering. It begins with an introduction to Newton’s laws of motion and ends with the application of static mechanics to determine the forces, moments and deflections acting on simple mechanical systems under load. The latter forms a strong foundation to develop further skills and knowledge in the BEng mechanical engineering degree programme.

Areas include:

  • Newtonian physics, free body diagrams and static mechanics.
  • Mechanical systems in equilibrium and non-equilibrium.
  • Frictional forces.
  • Torque and moment of inertia.
  • Energy: kinetic, potential and conservation of energy. 
  • Deformations including elastic, plastic and viscoelastic behaviour

Electrical Foundations 

The module aims to provide you with the grounding fundamentals in electricity that are required for further study in engineering and/or science. The module also provides you with an overview of electrical engineering in general.

Areas include:

  • Fundamental Electrical Quantities: charge, current, voltage, resistance, resistivity, energy and power.
  • Electrical circuits: DC and AC, Ohms law, resistance and resistivity. Resistors in series and parallel. Potential and current dividers, EMF and internal resistance. Kirchhoff’s laws. 
  • Magnetic Fields: Flux density, coils, electromagnets, magnetic force on a current carrying conductor. Electromagnetic induction and Faradays law. Inductance of a coil.
  • Electrostatic Fields: Coulombs law, potential difference and energy. Capacitance.
  • Alternating current: Simple ac generators and the sinewave, peak, average and RMS values and frequency. 
  • Electronics: Semiconductors, diodes and rectifiers. Light-emitting diodes, LDRs and thermistors. Some simple circuit applications

Communication & Study Skills 

This module prepares the you for full participation and engagement in engineering studies, by equipping you with effective and efficient communication and study skills and practical exercise to apply these skills to engineering studies. You are provided relevant skills to be progress to the BEng courses.

Areas include:

  • Time management method
  • Literacy search and database introduction
  • Critical thinking and analysis method
  • Report writing skills with proper formatting and referencing styles
  • Communication skills - spoken, written, visual

Foundation Year Engineering Projects

The module focuses upon the practical application of science and mathematics to develop engineering solutions. It is is based on the problem based engineering philosophy where teams of 3-6 students are challenged by a typical engineering problem that requires both theoretical and practical skills to solve. The latter is crucial to gain the skills and knowledge required to manage practical engineering projects and laboratory work at degree level in the future.

Areas include:

  • Defining the project philosophy and rationale
  • Health and safety training and PPE distribution
  • Workshop, laboratory and experimentation skills
  • Use of workshop and laboratory facilities
  • Testing day of proposed solutions to engineering challenge
  • Individual report and team presentation assessments

Foundation Year Labs 

The module aims to develop basic laboratory and analytical techniques and develop their mathematical, statistical and IT skills.

  • You will practice recording laboratory data and maintaining a lab-book.
  • You are encouraged to think independently, analytically and creatively in order to interpret laboratory data and understand them in light of available literature. 
  • You will be communicating their findings effectively in developing electronic laboratory reports.


International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

The integrated foundation year is delivered through seminar/workshops; tutorials; computer labs; physical labs and project practical time.

It is a demanding programme with approximately 12 contact hours per week. In addition to scheduled learning activities, you are expected to engage in intensive self-study. 


  • Lab / practical and CDIO design and build experience – 1/3
  • Coursework –  1/3
  • Written examinations – 1/3

Our intention is to ensure that our newly formed Engineering degrees are fully accredited with The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and The Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) respectively.

We will be working closely with both, to ensure our degree courses gain accreditation with the intention that we will back date accreditation for those graduating in 2021. 

Additional Costs

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Working with industry

Our Engineering degrees offer a practical approach to learning based on a syllabus designed in partnership with local businesses. This ensures that graduates are ready for work and are highly employable in these competitive industries.

The Tech Park will offer you the chance to develop practical expertise alongside local businesses.

It will include a large multi-purpose engineering laboratory which is also open to local companies, incorporating a workshop, prototype manufacturing facilities and collaborative co-working spaces.

Engineering at Chichester

All of Chichester’s Engineering courses take a problem-based learning approach following the engineering cycle: Conceive – Design – Implement – Operate.

CDIO provides a highly practical and engaging engineering experience that encourages interdisciplinary team working to solve open-ended problems and foster communication skills. These are exactly the skills that will help to mark you out in the highly competitive employment arena. 

Replacing standard lectures, all of our Engineering programmes are delivered in an interactive workshop/seminar style with balanced mix of laboratory and practical work. There are also lab-based sessions where you will engage in CDIO design and build activities.  

Engineering degrees at Chichester are about participating in interesting activities and not just listening and taking notes. We don’t do lectures!

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