Programme Specification


Programme Summary Information


Programme Title 

Integrated Foundation Year Engineering Pathway


University of Sunderland Course Code



IFY Engineering Pathway code: BENGIFYFT


Please see parent programme specifications for programme codes

Route Codes

1.B.Eng (Hons) Automotive Engineering [H330]

2.B.Eng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering [H600]

3.B.Eng (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering [H700]

4.B.Eng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering [H300]



Awarding Institution

University of Sunderland


Teaching Institution(s)

(if different from point 3)



Professional Statutory or Regulatory Body (PSRB) (if applicable)




Programme Description

This Specification details the Foundation year (Level 3/Stage 0). Please see individual subject specifications for full details of Stages 1-3.



The aim of the Foundation Year is to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to be effective researchers and students in Engineering. The first year of this programme introduces students to a range of subjects including: electrical fields and electronics, fluid mechanics as well as elementary trigonometry and differential calculus.  Students will explore these topics and themes to help them to begin to specialise in their chosen discipline.  Modules in academic literacy and mathematics for engineering provide the necessary underpinning knowledge and skills to succeed in degree level studies.  Students will also have the opportunity to study a topic related to their programme of study via a small-scale project and this module will encourage independent working within a supportive environment of regular tutor supported surgeries.


What’s covered in the course?


40 credit module  FDN007 – Foundations of Engineering

This module incorporates a range of perspectives related to the programme of study.  The module is thematically themed which makes it possible to explore a range of relevant topics in preparation for study at degree level.




20 credit module  FDN012 – Essential Study Skills

This module supports the development skills and attributes needed for degree level study and graduate employment including searching for information, reviewing evidence, presenting information and self-analysis to identify strengths and areas for development.


20 credit module  FDN002 – Foundation Project

This module supports understanding in a topic area related to the programme of study.  It also encourages independent and team working with support available from tutors throughout the lifespan of the project.


20 credit module  FDN004 – Mathematics for Engineering

This module will help develop confidence and competence in mathematics needed to study successfully in engineering.  


20 credit module FDN014 – Engineering Practice

This module will help develop Engineering Design, Simulation and Prototyping.


Please note all of the Foundation stage modules are CORE.


Stage 1, 2 and 3 modules can be found in the parent programme specification on as detailed on page 1. 


Generic Skills

Alongside the discipline-specific knowledge and skills that the curriculum covers, we aim to develop generic skills, such as initiative, time-management, group work and critical reflection.  These elements are interwoven throughout the course, during student meetings and peer assessed group work exercises. In addition, the student professional development handbook allows students to monitor and evaluate their own development in these key skills.  The modules draw on an interactive learning approach where students will be asked to engage in aspects of online learning through the University’s virtual learning environment, Canvas as well as to engage in on campus lectures and seminars.  This approach is designed to enable students to develop as independent learners.


Where will I study?

For the Foundation year, study will be at Sunderland (St Peter’s Campus).



Programme Awards


Name of Final Award


Credits Awarded


B.Eng (Hons) Automotive Engineering

B.Eng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering

B.Eng (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering

B.Eng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering





Exit Awards and Credit Awarded



Certificate of Higher Education

Diploma of Higher Education

Bachelor of Arts








Programme Specific Regulations





Mode(s) of Study


Duration of Study

Full time



1 year for the Integrated Foundation Year


4 Year in total with the additional programme year (please see parent programme specifications for further details)


Is this programme delivered at a Transnational (TNE) partner?


Is this programme delivered at UK Further Education Colleges?




Entry Requirements


The admission requirements for this programme (foundation year) as stated on the course page of the University of Sunderland website at, or found by searching for the course entry profile located on the UCAS website are correct.                                            Yes


This programme is suitable for students to enter with advanced standing (eg APL)        No


Where applicable use the space below to detail any specific arrangements – eg APL only permitted to a specific level  Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)



Programme Learning Outcomes


By the end of stage 0 Foundation Year of the programme successful students will be able to do the following:


Employ a range of responses to well defined but often unfamiliar or unpredictable problems



Operate in a variety of familiar and unfamiliar contexts using a range of technical or learning skills


Engage in self-directed activity with guidance/evaluation


Have knowledge in a range of complex activities demonstrating comprehension of relevant theories;


Access and evaluate information independently


Analyse information and make reasoned judgements


12. Programme Requirements

There are optional modules on this programme  No

Level 3/ Foundation 0:


In order to complete this programme a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):


Module Code

Module Name

Credit Value

PLO(s) assessed


Essential Study Skills




Mathematics for Engineering








Foundations of Engineering




Engineering Practice







13.  Employability

The programme contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes.  Please refer to Integrated Curriculum Design Framework  when completing this section.



Able to display a professional and make a positive contribution

to society through work, research and community engagement.


Adaptable to change in employing research methods to improve practice, using appropriate judgement that requires resilience, problem solving and innovation.





United by a desire to develop and improve practice to enable

best outcomes for children and make a positive contribution to

society, incorporating the development of communities, locally, regionally and globally.


The learning outcomes of the programme address the acquisition of skills and the development of knowledge.  Skills pertain largely to transferable abilities, things students learning in one context that can be applied more widely in a range of other contexts.  Key skills apply at Stage 0 and are developed throughout the four years of each degree programme.  These refer to essential transferable skills in communication, information technology, working with others, improving one’s own learning, and problem solving.  Applicable at all stages of the degree are graduate/employability skills.  These are higher order intellectual skills such as close reading and critical reasoning; retrieving and using information; collecting and synthesising data; applying new methodologies; and analysing and evaluating bodies of evidence.


There are also opportunities for on-campus students outside their programme of study.


For information about other opportunities available to our students who study on campus, click here.


14. Additional Costs: Are there any additional costs on top of the fees?


No, but all students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials

Yes (optional).  All students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials.  In addition there are some additional costs for optional activities associated with the programme (see above)


Yes (essential).  All students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials.  In addition there are some essential additional costs associated with the programme (see above)


15. Version Control

Programme Specifications are checked annually and updated when changes are made to the programme.






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PART B   -  Programme  Regulation/s _


Name of programme:

B.Eng (Hons) Automotive Engineering with Foundation Year

B.Eng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering with Foundation Year

B.Eng (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering with Foundation Year

B.Eng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year


Title of final award:

B.Eng (Hons) Automotive Engineering

B.Eng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering

B.Eng (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering

B.Eng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering


Interim awards[1]: Dependent on parent degree programme

Accreditation: Dependent on parent degree programme

University Regulation (please state the relevant University Regulation): 2.3.2


The maximum period of registration on a programme of study is three times the normal full time registration period, i.e.9 years for a three-year degree programme.


For degrees which incorporate an Integrated Foundation Year, the maximum period of registration will be 11 years: 2 years for the Foundation Year and 9 Years for the Degree Programme.


Regulations apply to students commencing their studies from (please state the date / intake that these regulations will apply to students for each Stage):


Regulations apply to students

Date the regulations apply

Intakes affected

Stage 0 Foundation Year (IFY)

September 2018


Stage 1



Stage 2



Stage 3




Progression Regulations

There are no programme-specific progression regulations for the Foundation Year. Standard University procedures apply. Please see parent programmes for programme specific regulations stages 1-3.

[1] Same as main award unless agreed otherwise at validation – eg to meet PSRB requirements