What will I study?
The International Foundation Programme in Engineering is specifically designed to provide you with the key knowledge and skills that you will need to succeed in an engineering undergraduate degree.
This programme is also available as a 3-semester programme for those who need extra English language development.
Taught over 2 semesters you will study a mix of engineering-focused modules while also learning the key academic skills and knowledge required to help you succeed in your studies at Northumbria.
The specialist modules will introduce you to key concepts and principles of engineering and develop your understanding of the mathematical knowledge required for theoretical and practical applications of engineering. This mix of modules will help you to understand and solve physics-based problems.
You will also study non-engineering modules which are designed to build your English language abilities and core academic skills in reading, critical analysis, essay and report writing, and grammar, and to also develop your intercultural understanding through global studies.
Studying this programme both academically prepares you for progression on to an engineering undergraduate degree, and also provides an excellent opportunity to develop your awareness of academic culture in the UK and intercultural issues. The intercultural skills that you develop during this course can also prove to be a useful employment tool in the future with many businesses operating in global marketplaces.
The programme specifically develops your confidence and subject understanding to enable you to integrate well into student life within a UK university. It encourages you to participate fully in lectures, seminars and project work and develop your independence.
The modules are designed to build your English language abilities and core academic skills in reading, critical analysis, essay and report writing, and grammar, and to also develop your intercultural understanding through global studies. In addition, weekly topics of global studies are used across two modules to develop a broad understanding of core issues and how they can affect engineering. The teaching encourages students to engage with theoretical and real-world examples of applied engineering as well as apply global studies topics to the wider engineering case studies.
The programme is designed to provide a solid foundation to studying in a British university and students benefit from staff who are used to supporting international students through this important transition.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Teaching and learning is carried out through seminars, lectures, tutorials and applied practical lab work as you put theory into practice, totalling between 15-18 hours per week. You will also be expected to spend approximately 15-20 hours a week on independent study through self-directed learning. Teaching and self-directed learning both make use of the University’s electronic learning portal (Blackboard) and you will be encouraged to use the technology in preparation for your future studies.
In addition to this, you will be allocated a guidance tutor at the start of the programme. Your guidance tutor is your first point of contact for anything outside of the classroom that affects your learning. You will meet your guidance tutor at the start of each semester for a formal meeting. In-between this you can arrange to meet them at any point and they may also contact you if they need to meet you. All conversations with the guidance tutor are confidential and they will always be the first point of contact should you need them.
Assessments for the programme take place through a mix of group presentations, oral examinations, written assignments and exams.