Mechanical Engineering with a Foundation Year – BEng (Hons)
Attendance Full Time (4 years), Sandwich (5 years)
Our Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) degree with a foundation year, will develop you as a skilled engineer capable of undertaking mechanical engineering tasks within and across organisations. It will also equip you with a range of advanced analytical and design skills. You’ll work on industry-standard analytical tools as well as explore other facilities such as our test cell and exhaust analysis equipment.
The Foundation Year course option enables you to study for our BEng (Hons) degree over an extended full-time duration of four years by including a Foundation Certificate (year one of four) in your studies. The Foundation Certificate provides a broad study programme that underpins the follow-on degree. In order to progress to the next year of the degree, it is necessary to achieve a pass in all modules of the Foundation Certificate.
What’s covered in the course?
Our Mechanical Engineering course focuses on the importance of sustainable futures and the Government’s STEM agenda, in order to give you the knowledge and attributes you will need to thrive in this ever-changing industry.
You’ll focus on project-based activities, giving you lots of opportunity to work in teams on projects from design to implementation. This will give you practical experience of applying engineering science to real world problems, working in multidisciplinary teams to develop your interpersonal skills, and prepare you for a key aspect of modern engineering practice. Problem solving and project management are key skills for an engineer, and our focus on application of skills will help to improve your skills in these highly sought after areas.
During your studies, you will use the latest tools and technologies, developing new skills at an advanced level. The course will encourage your creative thinking and develop your engineering leadership skills. Building on a foundation of the generic skills required by tomorrow’s engineers, you will also explore the wider context of engineering, as well as the application of advanced engineering principles to solve problems through research and development. You’ll engage in independent study and systematic enquiry at an advanced level and take responsibility for the conclusions drawn from it.
You will have lots of opportunity to apply industry-standard modelling and simulation techniques to the analysis, specification and design of mechanical engineering systems so that you are able to apply your knowledge and theory to a practical situation. In this way, we make sure you are ready to step straight into employment.
I decided to study at Birmingham City University because while I was in full time employment this course offered everything that I needed part time and covered all the modules that I needed to progress in my career role.
The course offered all the different practical elements as well as the theoretical elements for power generation and design – the subjects that I enjoyed and wanted to progress on to in my career. Katja Wotton Srbljanin
Why Choose Us?
- The course offers a seamless progression from BEng to a Master’s-level award.
- The programme has previously achieved academic accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
- You will be encouraged to engage in extracurricular activities, such as Formula Student and Engineering without Borders, to gain real-life experience of engineering.