Engineering and Physical Sciences International Foundation Year

About this route

The Engineering and Physical Sciences International Foundation Year leads to a wide range of degrees in engineering, science and mathematics-related subjects at the University of Surrey.

During the International Foundation Year you will study a core unit of general subject skills, subject-specific units and elective units, which are carefully designed for your academic development.

If you need to improve your English language to reach the required level for your International Foundation Year, you can take our English Language Preparation programme.

Why study Engineering and Physical Sciences with us?

A range of specialisms

With the foundation of knowledge you'll gain on the International Foundation Year, you’ll be prepared to find your specialism once you progress to the University of Surrey. Engineering students can discover everything from aerospace and biomedical engineering to civil and electronic engineering. Whilst science students can find their passion with everything ranging from computer science to physics.

 

International research opportunities

The University of Surrey is at the forefront of research in a whole range of industries. As part of your studies you’ll have access to cutting edge research facilities to ensure you’re learning as new developments happen.

 

Practical work experience

The International Foundation Year in Engineering and Physical Sciences introduces you to both the academic and career skills you’ll need in the graduate job market. To build on this, once you progress to the University you’ll be able to join a Professional Training Year to practice your skills in a real working environment.

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in language and related academic skills, enabling you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Applied Mathematics 1 & 2

During these units you will study the relationship between real life situations and mathematical models. You will learn about friction, energy and power, while working to deepen your understanding of the role of mathematics in the world.

Pure Mathematics 1 & 2

In these units you will develop your knowledge of algebra and calculus while learning about functions, derivatives and integrals, sketching graphs and applying mathematical facts to real world problems.

To complete your International Foundation Year programme you will also study one of the following elective units:

Chemistry 1 & 2

These units introduce you to formulae, equations and moles, atomic structure, introduction to redox systems, thermodynamics and bonding. You will also cover equilibria, acid-based equilibria, kinetics and organic chemistry.

Physics 1 & 2

In these units you will study the fundamentals of physics by looking at sound, electromagnetic waves and the structure of the atom. You will also cover electrical currents and magnetic fields.

Study plans

September intake

IELTS requirement Length Sept-Dec Feb-Jun Jul-Aug Sept
5.0 2 semesters     Progress to your undergraduate degree

  International Foundation Year   Vacation

February intake

IELTS requirements Length Feb-May May-Aug Sept
5.0 2 semesters   Progress to your undergraduate degree

  International Foundation Year

Progression degrees 

This programme can lead to one of the undergraduate degrees in the table below. Grades and progression degrees are guidelines and subject to change.

All degrees listed include the option to undertake the Professional Training Year programme in year two of a four year degree. You will be able to select the option before you progress to the University. The University of Surrey will provide guidance and support in year one and two in helping you to find the right placement.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Aerospace Engineering MEng (Hons) 70% 50% with 40% in each skill
Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons) 65% 50% with 40% in each skill
Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons) 65% 50% with 40% in each skill
Automotive Engineering MEng (Hons) 70% 50% with 40% in each skill
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering BEng (Hons) 65% 50% with 40% in each skill
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering MEng (Hons) 70% 50% with 40% in each skill
Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons) 65% 50% with 40% in each skill
Chemical Engineering MEng (Hons) 70% 50% with 40% in each skill
Chemistry MChem 70% 50% with 40% in each skill
Chemistry BSc (Hons) 65% 50% with 40% in each skill
Civil Engineering MEng (Hons) 70% 50% with 40% in each skill
Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) 65% 50% with 40% in each skill

Please note:

There may be additional entry criteria and an interview may be required for entry onto Music and Sound recording (Tonmeister) BSc.

Key facts

Course length:
Two semesters

Entry points:
February and September 

Term dates:

September 2020

Semester 1: 28/09/2020 – 05/02/2021

Semester 2: 08/02/2021 – 04/06/2021

February 2021

Semester 1: 01/02/2021 – 21/05/2021

Semester 2: 24/05/2021 – 20/08/2021

Age: you must be at least 17 years old to study at the International Study Centre and progress to the University.

Visit our entry requirements page for a list of academic, English language and country-specific entry requirements.

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