Canterbury Christ Church University - Product Design Engineering with Foundation Year

Canterbury Christ Church University

Product Design Engineering with Foundation Year

Innovative new products and improvements to existing ones happen continuously. Within this course you’ll use existing technologies to create new solutions.

You will learn to solve complex problems, research, develop and prototype your ideas into reality to produce engineered working solutions that can be manufactured. You will also work with product designers, enabling you to use your creativity to make it look great.

Our foundation year option supports and enhances your knowledge to give you the skills and confidence to join the BEng Product Design Engineering course. It will prepare you if you are changing careers or require additional subject knowledge before studying at degree level and working in this exciting area. 

Our course has been designed in collaboration with industry and you’ll have excellent opportunities to develop professional engineering practice and work with a range of employers, so that you become an effective, industry-ready engineer.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are typically 32-112 UCAS points including minimum 5 GCSEs (including mathematics, 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 mathematics, 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 mathematics, English language, science)
  • science can be physics, chemistry, biology or computer science.

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

MEng Product Design Engineering and BEng Product Design Engineering are also available.

Course Details

The foundation year will support and provide you with the relevant theoretical and practical knowledge you need to be prepared and confident to start the BEng degree. You'll develop your core knowledge and understanding of:

  • drawing
  • physics
  • engineering concepts
  • materials from a design perspective
  • maths and statistics
  • higher education (HE) study skills.

On successful completion of the foundation year you will progress to the first year of the BEng Product Design Engineering course.

The hands-on learning throughout the course developed on and off campus and on-line learning will develop your practical problem-solving approach. This makes up 40-60% of each year of study so you can be a confident, work-ready engineer by the time you graduate.

You'll start by learning the essentials of mechanical related engineering, engineering evaluation, concept generation, design, prototype and testing real problems. You'll also develop your confidence in applying the fundamental science (laws of physics), mathematics and statistics principles, and computing skills in context to engineering. Through on and off campus and on-line learning, engineering laboratories and workshops you'll put theory into practice and you'll have the opportunity to work collaboratively on a group project in your first year.

As you progress through the degree, you'll be supported to gain specialist skills and knowledge in areas such as engineering product life cycle, CAD tools, Industry 4.0 technology, manufacturing control, instrumentation, and communication systems

In the final year, you'll work independently and as part of a team on a major design engineering project.

The strong focus we place on preparing you for employment means you'll have an opportunity to undertake a work placement developing relationships within an inclusive engineering organisation. Where you can demonstrate and share your skills to make your mark on a live project and further develop your transferable skills to help your CV stand out from the crowd.

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
Placement Module

Year 2

Engineering Product Lifecycle
Computer Aided Engineering and Design
Dynamics of Solid Mechanics and Materials
Human Factors in Designing Systems/Products
Manufacturing Control, Instrumentation, and Communication Systems
Placement Module

Year 3

Professional Product Design Engineering Project
FEA for Mechanics and Materials
Design for Rapid Prototyping, Pattern, Moulding and Tooling
Design and Analysis for Automated Manufacture
Industry 4.0 for Manufacture
Placement Module

Fundamentals of Engineering
General Engineering Science Skills
Mathematics for Engineers
Fundamentals of Physics
Fundamentals of Drawing
Fundamentals of Materials

*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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