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Our Foundation Year courses offer an introduction to your chosen subject and are an ideal route to degree level qualifications, helping you develop the necessary skills for further study.

A highly-respected discipline, this qualification opens up a broad and diverse career path, from law to business and even medicine. Studying to be an engineer and gaining the right skills and the right qualifications, can lead you to frequent travel, passion projects and a fulfilling career.

This Foundation Year is ideal for those looking to start a career in the engineering industry. It provides you with opportunities to develop fundamental knowledge and skills in a range of mathematical and business principles, as well as the theories and concepts of electrical and mechanical engineering.

The course enables students who successfully pass to automatically progress to the BEng (Hons) Electro-Mechanical Engineering degree at CU Coventry, subject to meeting specific entry criteria.


Why CU Coventry

We offer a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.

Course information

If you want to start a career in the engineering industry, this course aims to provide the fundamental knowledge and skills needed in a range of mathematical and business principles, as well as the theories and concepts of electrical and mechanical engineering. If you successfully pass all modules you can continue your studies with us on to year one of the Electro-Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) degree, subject to meeting specific entry criteria.

Academic and Professional Practice

This module is aimed at creating a culture of careful learning and self-reflection. You will be encouraged to take ownership of your development and to recognise its strengths and weaknesses. You’ll be introduced to a range of skills that will aid you throughout the course and further study, such as time management, planning and resource management and interpersonal skills.

Additionally, you will develop skills in MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint etc.), team management, communication, planning skills and more. We will also cover plagiarism, referencing, library skills and professional standard skills, alongside lectures on ethics, health and safety and technical skills, so that you receive thorough, 360-degree training.

Fundamental Engineering Mathematics

This module provides you with fundamental mathematical knowledge and skills required to understand engineering and physical concepts. You’ll be equipped to turn real-world problems into mathematical problems and present mathematical and logical arguments. You will learn to use and apply algebraic methods and trigonometry, and cover key concepts crucial to the fundamental principles in engineering, including geometry, algebra, calculus, trigonometry and computation of volumes. We also work with you to develop key organisational skills and project management basics to aid your development and learning ability.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Fundamentals

This module aims to introduce students to the basic analysis and design of electric circuits using DC and AC power sources. To prepare students for this we will discuss the laws of electric circuits and electrical engineering. Assisted by our professional academics, you’ll have the opportunity to work with industry standard software to analyse techniques and identify and solve problems on electrical circuits. You’ll also learn the basic laws of magnetism as applied to electrical circuits.

Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals

This module delves into the fundamental knowledge of mechanical engineering principles and concepts. Underpinned by the application of mathematics and physics, concepts covered include fundamentals of energy, design, manufacturing, materials and engineering mechanics. In addition, you’ll gain specific knowledge in mechanics, transport phenomena and thermodynamics.


Located on our Mile Lane campus, you will have access to our Library & Learning Services, fully equipped seminar rooms and impressive IT suites. Our laboratories are home to industry-standard equipment, so that you learn using the same equipment as many industry professionals. Plus, you can take advantage of reading rights in Coventry University’s Lanchester Library, make use of sport centre facilities and receive full membership to Coventry University Students’ Union (CUSU).


This course has been developed and is taught by practising professionals and industry experts. Our academics bring a wealth of expertise to the classroom with many continuing to undertake research and other projects alongside teaching, meaning our students gain a well-rounded and relevant teaching experience.

Practical Experience

Throughout your studies, you will find that the course is underpinned with practical elements.


International Students

Study options:  Year 1 of 4

Location: CU Coventry


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