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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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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.

Course content

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

The programme allows transition to Product Design Programmes.

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.

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 students an opportunity to work in groups to combine their 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 students 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.

Our facilities

The Integrated Foundation degree is taught in our state of the art Engineering & Digital Technology Park on the Bognor Regis Campus.

The Engineering & Digital Technology 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 Engineering & Digital Technology 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

Module information to come:

Mathematical Foundations 

Mechanical Foundations 

Electrical Foundations 

Communication & Study Skills 

Foundation Year Engineering Projects

Foundation Year Labs 



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, students 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

This is an exciting time to join a brand new Engineering department.

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, and our students, 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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Additional Costs

Working with industry

Our Engineering, Creative Science and Product Design 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 Engineering and Digital Technology Park will offer students 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 and Design 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 and Design 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!