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Engineering and Computing

The International Foundation Year in Engineering and Computing provides a route to undergraduate degree study in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster University. Degree options include Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology for Creative Industries, and Mathematics and Statistics.

What will I study?

During Foundation Year, you will study a combination of core modules, including English Language and university study skills, and subject specific modules.

Core modules

English and Skills for University 1 (ESUS 1)

You will learn to read academic texts, write cohesive texts at paragraph level, write subjective notes, listen effectively and participate in classroom discussions.

English and Skills for University 2 (ESUS 2)

You will improve the skills developed in ESUS 1, including planning for extended writing, evaluating source material, and learning how to avoid plagiarism. You will also develop skills for planning and giving an academic presentation.

English and Skills for University 3 (ESUS 3)

You will develop the skills acquired in ESUS 1 and 2, improve your use and range of information sources, and prepare comprehensive essays in your own time to given deadlines. You will also develop your lecture listening skills, and be able to participate effectively in academic discussions.

Project and Research Skills

You will complete a self-study project on a topic that you will relate, in consultation with your tutor, to the academic subject that you will subsequently study at degree level. This is completed over two terms.


Subject specific modules

Pure Mathematics 1

This module discusses set theory, geometry and topics leading up to introductory calculus.

Pure Mathematics 2

This covers further methods of calculus, numerical methods and applications of calculus.

Applied Mathematics 1

Here you will learn about the mechanics of point masses. This includes Newton's Laws of Motion, and an understanding of momentum and energy conservation. You will also learn about the mathematics of vectors and apply this to the motion of projectiles and the statics of simple rigid bodies.

Applied Mathematics 2

Here you will study variable acceleration and objects modelled as rigid bodies.

Physics 1

You will study sound and electromagnetic waves including reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction. We look at heat and gases including how kinetic theory can explain some properties of gases. Then we learn about the structure of the atom and the nucleus, radioactivity and the energetics of nuclear reactions.

Physics 2

You will investigate electrical current and charge and potential difference in circuits containing resistances and non-ohmic components. We look at storing charge and capacitors, electromagnetic induction and inductors, and alternating currents. We study gravitational, electrostatic 14th and magnetic fields, and electromagnetic fields.