University of East London

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year

Our course has been carefully designed by experts in the field of mechanical engineering to help prepare students for professional practice in the world of interdisciplinary technology.

The course provides you with analytical and scientific knowledge and management skills to design and manufacture complex mechanical systems. You'll develop problem-solving expertise by creating practical solutions to problems that are directly relevant to industrial needs.

The course emphasises industry-standard modelling and simulation techniques such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA), as you establish the specification, design and analysis of mechanical engineering systems.

You'll have access to the very latest equipment and resources to carry out this work, all of which will prepare you for a wide range of future careers.

During your course, you'll have regular contact with blue chip companies and industry leaders in the sector, who will host visits and work placements and provide regular guest speakers to come and speak at the University of East London.

The extended Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year is perfect if you want a degree in Mechanical Engineering but don't have the standard entry requirements. First, we prepare you for your degree during the Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

Entry Requirements


64 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Including passes at A2 in at least one subject
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level and must include Maths and Physics at Higher Level

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English Language requirements

Overall Academic IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE Qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Career Prospects

Because of its wide subject area, you will find mechanical engineering opportunities in a range of sectors, including: manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, construction, marine, materials and metals, railways, sport, energy, pharmaceuticals, electrical and electronic, and the defence and utilities industries. Excellent graduates can pursue their doctoral studies for careers in the academic sector.

Course Details

Our mechanical engineering programme is a combination of maths, science, technology and management. Throughout your studies, you will acquire not only an understanding of general engineering principles but also a range of transferable skills. Students have a chance to broaden and deepen their knowledge in a wide range of mechanical engineering subjects. This will enable you to obtain advanced knowledge of core mechanical engineering disciplines such as design analysis, dynamic systems, computational fluid dynamics, advanced materials, control systems and sustainable energy technologies. You will be using simulation and modelling application software for virtual design and manufacturing, utilising our strong links with companies, and investigating real industrial problems to enhance your understanding of the profession. You will tie in the topic of your individual final year project with one of our research groups and benefit from the expertise of our active research academics.

Foundation Year

Mental wealth; Professional Life
Analytical Mathematics
Engineering Sciences
Mathematical Applications
Physical Sciences
Introduction to Computing

Year 1

Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Engineering Materials
Engineering Principles
Applied Mathematics & Computing
Engineering Mechanics

Year 2

Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Advanced Mathematics and Modelling
Engineering Design and Analysis
Dynamics and Control
Applied Mechanics
Thermofluids Dynamics

Year 3

Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Capstone Project
Advanced Mechanics
Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Turbomachinery and Energy Systems

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