Canterbury Christ Church University

Mechanical Engineering (Systems) with Foundation Year

As with all our Mechanical Engineering degree courses, our Systems option isn’t just designed to teach you the practical and technical aspects of the subject.

It also allows you to get involved in solving problems facing businesses in the real world, using the pioneering ‘Concept, Design, Implementation and Operation’ (CIDO) approach.

You will gain key employability skills and be encouraged to take up placements, helping you to go straight into employment upon completion of your studies.

Our foundation year option enables you to join the Mechanical Engineering (Systems) course even if you don’t have the formal qualifications or experience to meet the entry requirements. It equips you with the knowledge to move into formal degree study, setting you up for future success.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are typically 32-112 UCAS points including minimum 5 GCSEs (including maths, English language and science). However, students who have typically:

  • 32-88 UCAS points at Level 3 and studied at least one of the following: A level maths, A level physics, A level applied science, A level engineering, BTEC Engineering Diploma.
  • 88-112 UCAS points at Level 3 and who have not studied: A level maths, A level physics, A level applied science, A level engineering, BTEC Engineering Diploma.
  • 32-112 UCAS points at Level 3 in maths, science or engineering and who have not been in full-time/part-time education for many years.

Further entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above (including maths, English language, science)
  • Science can be physics, chemistry, biology or computer science

The course will provide you with further science and maths knowledge and understanding that underpins Mechanical Engineering and support developing your higher education learning skills in Science and Maths to support your further pursuit of studying a MEng/BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering (Systems).

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

This course is also available as a MEng and a BEng. 

Course Details

The foundation year will give you study skills and foundations of engineering that you need to start Year 1 of the degree. You will learn about general engineering science, physics, chemistry, computer programming and maths, and you'll develop higher education study skills.

As you progress through the degree, you'll learn about professional practical engineering and you'll study engineering design and engineering science. You will then go on to explore mechanical engineering in more depth studying modules such as dynamics of solid materials and mechanics, and systems engineering modelling and analysis methods.

Our hands-on learning both on campus and on-line will prepare you to enter an engineering career with varied and exciting prospects. You will develop a practical problem-solving approach through active learning laboratories, engineering laboratories and the use of engineering workshops and makerspace. You will undertake small group projects, typically sourced from industry. You'll also develop skills enabling you to:

  • work effectively and supportively in diverse and inclusive groups
  • communicate effectively in groups and one to one
  • apply project management to group-work
  • apply principles of commercial management and consideration of wider issues.

Each year you'll undertake a large group project which will be supported by the use of on-line tools and on-line project management approaches akin to industry. These projects, which are typically sourced from industry, will help you build in confidence and develop your learning in engineering business, practice and project management.

In year 1, you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding and some application.

As you progress to year 2, you'll apply your knowledge and understanding to conceive, design, build and operate a solution to a problem.

In your third year, you will undertake an individual research and development project that will inform the group project and help you to develop and illustrate the ability to critically analyse the application of your knowledge and understanding to solve an engineering problem.

Year 1

Professional Practical Engineering (with Mechatronics Project)
Mathematics & Computing for Engineers
Introduction to Engineering Design
Introduction to Electro-Mechanical Systems and Practice
Introduction to Material Engineering Characteristics & Manufacture

Year 2

Engineering Product Lifecycle
Computer Aided Engineering and Design
Dynamics of Solid Mechanics and Materials
Dynamics of Fluid and Thermal Systems
Control, Instrumentation, and Communication Systems in an Industrial Environment

Year 3

Professional Systems Engineering Project
FEA for Mechanics and Materials
CFD for Thermal and Fluid Dynamic Modelling
Systems Engineering Modelling and Analysis Methods
Systems Design and Engineering Analysis

Foundation:
Fundamentals of Engineering
General Engineering Science Skills
Mathematics for Engineers
Fundamentals of Physics
Fundamentals of Computer Programming
Fundamentals of Materials
Placement Module

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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