Engineering Foundation

Studying Engineering at Bellerbys College 

Our Engineering Foundation will prepare you to study a range of undergraduate degrees in areas such as computer science, mechanical, electrical and aerospace engineering. You can study our Engineering Foundation at our Brighton campus –  home to many digital and technology businesses, offering you a vibrant and dynamic place to explore your ideas and study.

Where will this Foundation take me?

Our Engineering Foundation students have gone to university to study Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering.

Destination universities

Students on this subject pathway will receive an offer of conditional progression* to study at the following universities:

  • Coventry University
    • Aerospace Systems Engineering
    • Aerospace Technology
    • Architectural Technology
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Aviation Management
    • Music Technology
    • Building Services Engineering
    • Building Surveying
    • Civil Engineering
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Construction Management
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Electro-Mechanical Engineering
    • Electronic Engineering
    • Manufacturing Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Mathematics and Data Analytics
    • Mathematics and Physics
    • Mathematics and Statistics
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Motorsport Engineering
    • Physics
    • Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management
    • Oil, Gas and Energy Management
  • Durham University
    • BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) General Engineering
    • BSc (Hons) Mathematics
    • BSc (Hons) and MPhys (Hons) Physics
    • MPhys (Hons) Physics and Astronomy
    • MPhys (Hons) Theoretical Physics
  • Lancaster University
    • BEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering
    • BEng (Hons) Engineering
    • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
    • BEng (Hons) Mechatronic Engineering
    • BEng (Hons) Nuclear Engineering
  • Loughborough University
    • BEng Aeronautical Engineering
    • BEng Automotive Engineering
    • BEng Architectural Engineering
    • BEng Civil Engineering
    • BEng Chemical Engineering
    • BSc Natural Sciences
    • BSc Computing & Management
    • BSc Computer Science
    • BSc Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence
    • BSc Computer Science & Mathematics
    • BSc Information Technology Management for Business
    • BSc Product Design & Technology
    • BEng Automotive Materials
    • BEng Biomaterials Engineering
    • BEng Materials Science & Engineering
    • BEng Bioengineering
    • BSc Financial Mathematics
    • BSc Mathematics & Accounting & Financial Management
    • BSc Mathematics & Sport Science
    • BSc Mathematics
    • BSc Mathematics with Economics
    • BSc Mathematics with Statistics
    • MMath Mathematics
    • BEng Electronic & Computer Systems Engineering
    • BEng Electronic & Electrical Engineering
    • BEng Engineering Management
    • BEng Manufacturing Engineering
    • BEng Mechanical Engineering
    • BEng Product Design Engineering
    • BEng Robotics, Mechatronics & Control Engineering
    • BEng Sports Technology
    • BSc Engineering Physics
    • BSc Mathematics & Physics
    • BSc Physics
    • BSc Physics with Theoretical Physics
  • Newcastle University
    • Physics
    • Theoretical Physics
    • Physics with Astrophysics
    • Geographic Information Science
    • Mathematics
    • Mathematics with Finance
    • Statistics
    • Mathematics and Statistics
    • Mathematics and Economics
    • Mathematics and Business
    • Mathematics and Accounting
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Science (Game Engineering)
    • Computer Science (Software Engineering)
    • Computer Science (Security and Resilience)
    • Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Surveying and Mapping Science
    • Geospatial Surveying and Mapping
    • Mapping and Geospatial Data Science
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Marine Technology in Offshore Engineering
    • Sustainable Transport Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering with Energy
    • Mechanical Engineering with Mechatronics
    • Mechanical Engineering with Biomedical Engineering
    • Marine Technology with Marine Engineering
    • Marine Technology with Naval Architecture
    • Marine Technology with Small Craft Technology
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Microelectronics Engineering
    • Electronic Communications
    • Electrical Power Engineering
    • Electronics and Computer Engineering
    • Automation and Control
    • Digital Electronics
    • Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
    • BSc Computer Science
    • BSc Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)
    • BSc Computer Science (Information Security)
    • BSc Computer Science (Software Engineering)
    • BSc Computer Science and Mathematics
    • BEng Electronic Engineering
    • BEng Computer Systems Engineering
    • BSc Digital Geosciences
    • BSc Earth, Climate and Environmental Change
    • BSc Environmental Geology
    • BSc Geosciences and Sustainable Energy
    • BSc Geology
    • BSc Petroleum Geology
    • MSci Environmental Geoscience
    • MSci Earth, Climate and Environmental Change
    • MSci Geoscience
    • BSc Physical Geography
    • BSc Geography
    • BSc Mathematics
    • BSc Mathematical Studies
    • BSc Mathematics with Statistics
  • University of Bath
    • Aerospace Engineering MEng
    • Civil Engineering BEng
    • Computer Systems Engineering BEng
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng
    • Electrical Engineering with Space Science & Technology BEng
    • Integrated Design Engineering MEng
    • Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering MEng
    • Mechanical Engineering MEng
    • Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management MEng
    • Robotics Engineering MEng
  • University of Birmingham
    • Aerospace Engineering BEng
    • Civil and Railway Engineering BEng
    • Civil Engineering BEng
    • Computer Science BSc
    • Electrical and Railway Engineering BEng
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng
    • Materials Science and Engineering BEng
    • Mathematics BSc
    • Mechanical Engineering BEng
    • Mechanical Engineering (Automotive) BEng
    • Mechanical and Materials Engineering BEng
    • Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering BEng
    • Metallurgy BEng
    • Nuclear Engineering MEng
    • Physics BSc
  • University of Bristol
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Engineering Mathematics
    • Mathematics and Philosophy
    • Mathematics and Physics
    • Mathematics
    • Mathematics with Statistics
    • Mathematics with Statistics for Finance
    • Mechanical & Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Physics and Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Physics with Astrophysics
    • Physics with Scientific Computing
    • Theoretical Physics
  • University of Exeter
    • BSc Applied Geology
    • BSc Computer Science
    • BSc Computer Science and Mathematics
    • BSc Engineering
    • BSc Engineering (Civil)
    • BSc Engineering (Electronic)
    • BSc Engineering and Entrepreneurship
    • BSc Engineering and Management
    • BSc Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
    • BSc Mathematics
    • BSc Mathematics (Climate Science)
    • BSc Mathematics (Geophysical and BSc Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics)
    • BSc Mathematics (Mathematical Biology)
    • BSc Mathematics and Physics
    • BSc Mechanical Engineering
    • BSc Natural Sciences
    • BSc Physics
    • BSc Physics with Astrophysics
    • BSc Renewable energy
    • BSc Renewable Energy Engineering
  • University of Surrey
    • BSc (Hons) Aerospace Engineering
    • BSc (Hons) Automotive Engineering
    • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Engineering
    • BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering
    • BSc (Hons) Computer and Internet Engineering
    • BSc (Hons) Computer Science
    • BSc (Hons) Computing & Information Technology
    • BSc (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • BSc (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (and variations)
    • BSc (Hons) Financial Mathematics
    • BSc (Hons) Mathematics / and Physics / with Statistics
    • BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
    • BSc (Hons) Physics / with Astronomy / Nuclear Astrophysics / Quantum Technologies
  • University of Sussex
    • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
    • BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering
    • BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Robotics
    • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Robotics

Foundation key facts

Minimum age: 16.5+
Course length: 3 or 3.5 terms
Start dates: September, November or January. See term dates
Entry requirements: Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school education. 4 GCSEs at C or above, Maths B or above for Science or Engineering.
English language requirements: IELTS 4.5 (IELTS 5.0 for November and January starts)

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are now able to accept a wider range of English tests
Location: Brighton
Tuition fees: Visit our fees page for full details

January 2022 intake of 3-term Foundation programme in Engineering has been suspended.

Course modules

Electricity and Fields

Electricity and Fields

Develop knowledge surrounding DC circuit theory, electric fields, electromagnetism, gravitational fields and laboratory skills. Develop the background knowledge and skills needed to progress to an engineering or physical science degree at a UK university.

  • DC Circuit Theory
  • Capacitors
  • Electric Fields
  • Electromagnetism
  • Gravitation
  • Semiconductor Theory

Mechanics 1

Mechanics 1

Develop an understanding of vectors in 2D; kinematics and forces in 1D and 2D through Newton's Laws of Motion; statics and equilibrium; moments; work and energy; and power.

  • Mathematical Models: Including Key Terminology
  • Kinematics
  • Dynamics
  • Statics
  • Moments
  • Further Kinematics
  • Work, Energy and Power
  • Vectors

Mechanics 2

Mechanics 2

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

  • Collisions
  • Statics of a Rigid Body in 2-Dimensions
  • Kinematics
  • Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Static Elastic Strings & Springs and Elastic Potential Energy
  • Motion of a Particle attached to an Elastic String or Spring
  • Circular Motion

Properties of Matter and Waves

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 ionisation.

  • Matter: Molecular Behaviour of Solids
  • Heat: Temperature and Scales
  • Gases: Ideal Gas Laws
  • Radioactivity
  • Waves

Pure Maths 1 and stats

Pure Maths 1 and Stats

An introduction to algebra, including transformations and logarithms; trigonometry, data handling, and calculus.

  • Algebra
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Trapezium Rule
  • Handling Data

Pure Maths 2

Pure Maths 2

Develop the work covered in Pure Maths 1, including more advanced algebra (functions, trigonometric identities), differentiation (logarithmic and exponential functions), and integration (solving first order differential equations).

  • Algebra
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Numerical Methods

Independent Study Topics

  • Matrices
  • McLaurin’s Series
  • Further Differential Equations
  • Numerical Methods
  • Vectors

Core modules

Academic English Skills with IELTS

Academic English Skills with IELTS

Academic English Skills provides thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at University. Key skills include:

  • Reading effectively and critically
  • Making notes in lectures and presentations
  • Delivering presentations and participating in academic seminars
  • Researching, planning and writing academic essays
  • Students are also supported in developing the accuracy and range in written and spoken language required to express themselves effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence.

*Offer of conditional progression is subject to meeting all academic requirements, submission of completed UCAS application, academic reference, personal statement meeting required standard, and passing the Foundation programme with the required grades and English language level. Please note that the letter in itself is not a Conditional Offer from the university. You will receive a conditional offer if you meet all the requirements through your submission of a completed UCAS application.

A Levels

Bellerbys Cambridge students in a Foundation Media class at the College

A Levels are British qualifications, accepted by all universities in the UK and recognised in the USA and Australia. Students who are with us for five or six terms will typically study up to four A Levels. This gives you a world of choice.


Bellerbys London Star Student Mark Lee

A one-year course for international students that builds specialist subject knowledge and language and study skills. It is more focussed than A Levels making it good preparation for university. It is recognised for entry onto a range of degree programmes at more than 100 universities in the UK.

International Year One

Students looking for books in the library

An International Year One course is a one-year course equal to the first year of an undergraduate degree. Taught in Brighton and London, this course prepares you for the second year of a related degree at university.