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Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) enable you to explore the fundamentals of the universe; the science that underlies modern electronic devices; the design, testing and engineering that is required to develop an airliner; and the mathematics needed to express all these amazing endeavours.

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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Students beginning this course in September 2018 will receive a £1000 bursary during the Integrated Foundation Year.

This will be delivered in two instalments of £500, the first paid at the end of the first semester and subject to satisfactory attendance (80% in every module unless mitigating circumstances are granted); the second on successful completion of the year.

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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 enrol subject to a satisfactory interview.

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As part of an Engineering, Creative Science or Product Design degree, you can apply for a yearlong 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. 

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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 ‘Research, Communication and Employability Skills’ will provide you with self-learning, planning, report writing and presentation skills, while ‘IT and Computing Skills’ will introduce the ways that computing can be used to construct, solve and analyse mathematical problems and to programme microcontrollers.



Problem Solving: CDIO​

Problem Solving: CDIO

Research, Communications and Employability Skills

Research, Communications and Employability Skills

IT & Computing Skills

IT & Computing Skills

Foundation Mathematics

Foundation Mathematics 

Foundation Physics

Foundation Physics

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.

Our facilities

From September 2018, this integrated first year will be taught in our state-of-the-art Engineering & Digital Technology Park on the Bognor Regis Campus. Until then the course will be taught at our dedicated engineering rooms in Bognor Regis.

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

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
  • Practical project-orientated engineering workshop and teaching facilities
  • Dedicated electronics and mechanics laboratories
  • Fabrication laboratory
  • Specialist 3D printers
  • Facilities to teach Computer Aided Design
  • 300 square-metre television production studio, with auxiliary 100 square-metre special effects room
  • 400 square-metre media operation centre
  • Media editing and finishing suites
  • Hands-on educations spaces for partnerships with schools and colleges
  • Co-working spaces and IT suites

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.

Where this can take you

The programme allows transition to Product Design Programmes, plus 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. 

Indicative modules

All students will undertake the following modules:

Intermediate Product Design: The aim of this module is to provide the student with a basic understanding of Product Design through a series of hands on design based activities and problem solving projects resulting in a groundling in product design suitable for all design and engineering students. 

IT and Computing Skills: The aim of this module is to provide you with essential computing skills, including MS office and numerical computing skills used to make basic calculations and construct mathematical models of simple processes or systems using a mathematics software package. You will also be introduced to programming of microcontrollers using suitable software.

Problem Solving (CDIO): This large module is delivered over two semesters. It aims to develop your practical application of the science, technology and mathematics learned from other modules to solve problems. The module is based on the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate engineering philosophy.  In teams, you will work together to a ‘design brief’ and use the CDIO philosophy to arrive at a solution.

Foundation Mathematics: This large module is delivered over two semesters and aims to develop and extend your mathematical skills to prepare you for further study in higher education, particularly in science and engineering disciplines. The module is taught through seminars, tutorials and computing labs. 

Foundation Physics: This large module is delivered over two semesters and aims to provide you with a balanced foundation of physics and engage your enthusiasm for further study and application in the fields of engineering and/or science. The module is delivered through a mix of seminars, tutorials and lab work. 

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 and Design department.

Our intention is to ensure that our newly formed Engineering and Product Design 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. 

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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!

Bursary available

Students beginning this course in September 2018 will received a £1000 bursary during the Integrated Foundation Year.

This will be delivered in two instalments of £500, the first paid at the end of the first semester and subject to satisfactory attendance (80% in every module unless mitigating circumstances are granted); the second on successful completion of the year and progression within University of Chichester.