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Engineering Foundation Specialising in Chemical Engineering or Engineering and Computer Science

Engineering Foundation students

Bellerbys Cambridge is our specialist centre for engineering. Located in the home city of one of the top 10 universities in the world (THE 2014), our Cambridge centre provides the ideal environment in which to advance your engineering studies.

The charming cobble-stoned university town is home to world-famous ancient buildings in which influential scientific research and development take place. International software companies have chosen Cambridge as their headquarters because of its reputation as a leading hub for technology and innovation. 

The Engineering Foundation is also taught at our Brighton centre.

In order to prepare for a UK university degree in engineering or related fields, international students must first complete a foundation programme which focusses on the academic skills required for further study. Modules will be chosen by students so they can specialise in either chemical engineering or computer science and engineering so they can focus on subjects specific to their chosen degree. The modules tab provides more information about the two routes.

Engineering Foundation Course

Once the Engineering Foundation programme has been completed successfully, you can progress to one of our destination universities.  See the progression tab for more information about where previous students have furthered their studies after Bellerbys.

Please note: university entrance requirements can change and successful completion of the programme is no guarantee of admission to that university.

Key facts…

  • Age: Students are normally 16.5 or over
    Please note: Brighton – students joining the Foundation Programme must be under 19 years of age
  • Course length: 3 terms
  • Start dates: September, November and January – see term dates
  • Entry requirements: Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school and IELTS 4.5 or equivalent
  • Fees: Please visit our Fees page to calculate your fees

Engineering Foundation students spend 18-25 hours per week in class. The course is modular in structure and consists of core modules studied by all foundation students, four specialist modules studied by all Engineering students and additional modules specific to your chosen pathway; either Chemical Engineering on Engineering and Computer Science.

Core modules

Foundation English Skills 1

The ability to read academic texts, write extended texts, write subjective notes, listen interactively in class and participate in classroom discourse.

Foundation English Skills 2

Improving all the abilities in Foundation English Skills 1 with greater accuracy, speed, cohesion, organisation and presentation and are prepared for an IELTS qualification at the end of the module.

Study Skills in the British Environment

Using your study time more effectively, improve your use of and range of information sources and prepare comprehensive essays in your own time to given deadlines.

Computer Information Technology

Improving IT literacy and creativity using Office, Business and Media applications; using the internet as a research tool.

Engineering modules (studied by all Engineering Foundation students)

Pure Maths 1

Algebra, including inequalities, series & logarithms; coordinate geometry, including the circle; radians; solving trigonometric equations; basic data handling; introduction to differentiation & integration.

Pure Maths 2

Exponential functions; more advanced algebra & trigonometry; further differentiation including implicit and parametric functions; techniques and applications of integration.

Mechanics 1

Vectors, forces and equilibrium, relative motion, Newton’s Laws of Motion, friction and work, energy and power.

Mechanics 2

Further Kinematics, Circular Motion, Simple Harmonic Motion, Moments in 2-Dimensions, Elasticity and Further Particle Dynamics.

Chemical Engineering modules

Core Principles of Chemistry

Study and apply formulae, equations and moles, atomic structure, redox systems, thermodynamics and bonding.


Acid-based Equilibria & Organic Chemistry - Reaction rates, acid-based equilibria, kinetics and organic chemistry.

Properties of Matter & Waves (part module)

Matter, elasticity, heat, specific & latent gases, radioactivity, fission, fusion, light, sound, interference, diffraction, electromagnetic spectrum, photoelectric effect, energy levels, excitation and ionisation.

Engineering and Computer Science modules

Properties of Matter and Waves

Students are taught about matter, elasticity, heat, specific & latent gases, Kinetic Theory, radioactivity, fission, fusion, light, sound, interference, diffraction, electromagnetic spectrum, photoelectric effect, energy levels, excitation and ionization.

Electricity and Fields

This module gives students a grounding in important Engineering topics including circuit theory, electromagnetism, and field theory, as well as laboratory skills. The module is designed to provide students with the background necessary to progress to an Engineering or physical Science degree at a UK university.

On successful completion of the Engineering Foundation you can progress to an undergraduate degree at one of our destination universities.

The table below shows just some of the universities and degrees that our students progressed to from the Engineering Foundation in 2014:

Degree subject University
Aeronautical Engineering University of Bristol
Aerospace Engineering University of Bristol
Aerospace Engineering with Management University of Manchester
Chemical Engineering University of Manchester
Civil Engineering University of Bristol
Civil Engineering University of Nottingham (Malaysia campus)
Civil Engineering University of Sheffield
Computer Science Southampton University
Computer Systems Engineering University of Manchester
Electronic & Electrical Engineering University of Bristol
Electronic & Communications Engineering University of Bristol
Engineering Southampton University
Engineering (Mechanical) Lancaster University
Mechanical Engineering University of Bath
Mechanical Engineering University of Bristol
Mechanical Engineering University of Nottingham
Music Technology Systems University of York
Software Engineering Southampton University

These degrees and grades are subject to change.

The Extended Foundation is a four-term academic programme taught at our Brighton campus. The course is designed for students whose academic readiness or English level is not sufficient to begin the usual three-term Foundation.

You'll study English and three other academic modules in term one before progressing to the Engineering Foundation for terms two, three and four, as follows.

Extended Foundation key facts

  • Age: Students are normally 16.5 or over
  • Course length: 1 term in addition to the three-term foundation
  • Start dates: September
  • Entry requirements: Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school and IELTS 4.0 or equivalent
  • Fees: Please visit our Fees page to calculate your fees.

To study the Engineering Foundation you will need to have completed secondary or high school to a satisfactory level.

Contact our team of expert Student Enrolment Advisers to find out if your qualifications meet the entry requirements.

English language requirements

To study the Foundation programme you will need to demonstrate an English language level equivalent to the following:

  • IELTS 4.5 TOEFL 450 (133 computer based test)
  • Pearson Test of English Academic 40-43

Depending on the type of visa you are entering the UK on you may take the Study Group English Test to determine your English language level.

English Language Preparation Programme (ELPP)

If you do not meet the English language requirements for entry to the Foundation you can study one, two or three terms of English Language Preparation prior to the start of your academic programme. The length of your English Language Preparation Programme will depend on your current English language level.

Contact a Student Enrolment Adviser to take our English Assessment Test and find out how much preparation you require.

The Bellerbys English Language Preparation Programme is a fast, personalised and highly effective programme that will fully equip you to succeed in your studies. The programme comprises 25 hours per week of general English, examination preparation and skills classes. Throughout the programme you will be closely monitored by a personal tutor and tested regularly to ensure you reach the English language level required for your academic programme.

Please note that the English Language Preparation Programme (ELPP) incurs additional fees on top of your academic tuition fees. Visit our fees page for details and to calculate your fees.


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