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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 & a 3.5 term starting week commencing 31 October 2016
  • Start dates: September, October and January – see term dates
  • Entry requirements:
    • Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school
    • IELTS 4.5 or equivalent (for the September start) or IELTS 5 or equivalent (for the October and January start).
  • Fees: Please visit our Fees page to calculate your fees
  • Note: Students starting Foundation Preparation Programme in October have the opportunity to become accustomed to their environment and British teaching styles. In the first term, October – December, students benefit from extra preparation in English and critical thinking skills and additional university guidance, as well as being given a supervised self-study enrichment project and taster lessons. Foundation study will begin in January.

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.

Both the Chemical Engineering and Engineering and Computer Science pathways feature the Core Modules listed below.

Core modules

Foundation English Skills 1

Develop the ability to read academic texts, write short academic texts, take notes from written and oral sources and use spoken English to discuss a variety of topics.

Foundation English Skills 2

Improve all the abilities in FES1, developing greater accuracy, speed, cohesion, organisation and presentation.

Foundation English Skills 3

Develop academic English skills for university. This continually assessed course module includes an extended research essay based on an aspect of British culture, debates and discussions, listening, note-taking and summarising as well as oral presentation.

Computer Information Technology

Improve IT literacy and creativity using MS Office, Business and Media applications; develop internet research skills.

Engineering modules (studied by all Engineering Foundation students)

Pure Maths 1

Algebra, including transformations, logarithms, series; trigonometry including sin, cos, tan for any angle, solving equations; radians; circles; basic data handling,- mean, mode, median, standard deviation; introduction to calculus including stationary points, equations of tangents and normals, areas.

Pure Maths 2

Develop the work covered in Pure Maths 1 including more advanced algebra, including functions; trigonometric identities; more advanced differentiation including logarithmic and exponential functions, products and quotients; integration including volumes of revolution and solving first order differential equations.

Mechanics 1

Develop an understanding of vectors in 2-dimensions, kinematics and forces (in 1 and 2 dimensions) through Newton’s Laws of Motion, statics and equilibrium, moments, work and energy and power.

Mechanics 2

Develop an understanding of further kinematics, circular motion, simple harmonic motion, moments in 2 dimensions, elasticity and further particle dynamics.

Properties of Matter and Waves

Study and gain an understanding of matter, elasticity, heat-specific and latent, gases, kinetic theory, radioactivity, fission, fusion, light, sound, interference, diffraction, electromagnetic spectrum, photoelectric effect, energy levels, excitation and ionization.

Electricity and Fields

Acquire a grounding in important Engineering topics including DC circuit theory, electric fields, electromagnetism, gravitational fields and laboratory skills. Develop the background knowledge and skills 
necessary to progress to an engineering or physical  science degree at a UK university.

Chemical Engineering modules

Pure Maths 1

Algebra, including transformations, logarithms, series; trigonometry including sin, cos, tan for any angle, solving equations; radians; circles; basic data handling,- mean, mode, median, standard deviation; introduction to calculus including stationary points, equations of tangents and normals, areas.

Pure Maths 2

Develop the work covered in Pure Maths 1 including more advanced algebra, including functions; trigonometric identities; more advanced differentiation including logarithmic and exponential functions, products and quotients; integration including volumes of revolution and solving first order differential equations.

Mechanics 1

Develop an understanding of vectors in 2-dimensions, kinematics and forces (in 1 and 2 dimensions) through Newton’s Laws of Motion, statics and equilibrium, moments, work and energy and power.

Mechanics 2

Develop an understanding of further kinematics, circular motion, simple harmonic motion, moments in 2 dimensions, elasticity and further particle dynamics.

Chemistry 1 Core Principals of Chemistry

Explore the fundamental principles that form the basis of chemistry such as atomic structure, bonding, periodicity, introduction to redox systems, equilibria and energetics. Students also look at the applications of these principles.

Chemistry 2 Kinetics; Acid- base equilibria and Organic Chemistry

Study reaction rates, acid-base equilibria, kinetics and organic chemistry.

Properties of Matter and Waves

Part of module: Study and gain understanding of: matter, heat-specific and latent, gases.


Bellerbys has been helping international students progress to top UK universities for more than 50 years, and 2016 is no different.

Below are the degrees and universities where our Engineering students have gone on to study.

Degree University
Aerospace Engineering University of Leicester
Aerospace Engineering University of Manchester
Aerospace Engineering University of Surrey
Architectural Engineering University of Sheffield
Automotive Engineering Coventry University
Automotive Engineering University of Leeds
Automotive Engineering Loughborough University
Chemical Engineering University of Bath
Civil Engineering University of Bath
Civil Engineering University of Brighton
Civil Engineering University of Bristol
Civil Engineering Heriot-Watt University
Civil Engineering University of Sheffield
Civil Engineering University of Surrey
Civil Engineering Swansea University
Computer Science Aberystwyth University
Computer Science Lancaster University
Electrical and Electronic Engineering University of Surrey
Electrical Engineering University of Southampton
Electronic and Electrical Engineering University of Birmingham
Electronic Engineering University of York
Environmental Geophysics University of East Anglia
Genetics University of Manchester
Geophysics (Geology) University of Liverpool
Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering University of Warwick
Materials Engineering Loughborough University
Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics University of Warwick
Mechanical Engineering University of Brighton
Mechanical Engineering University of Bristol
Mechanical Engineering City, University of London
Mechanical Engineering Coventry University
Mechanical Engineering University of Leeds
Mechanical Engineering University of Manchester
Mechanical Engineering Oxford Brookes University
Mechanical Engineering University of Sheffield
Mechanical Engineering University of Southampton
Mechatronic and Robotic Engineeering University of Sheffield
Mechatronics and Robotics University of Leeds
Petroleum Engineering University of Aberdeen
Petroleum Engineering University of Manchester
Physics University of Exeter
Structural Engineering with Architecture University of Edinburgh
The Extended Foundation is a four-term academic programme taught at our Brighton and London colleges. 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 take a UKVI IELTS English language test and achieve a minimum level of 4.5 overall (for the September start) or level of 5 overall (for the October and January start).

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.