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International Foundation Year in Engineering and Computing

Engineering and Computing

An International Foundation Year in Engineering and Computing leads to a choice of degrees in the Faculty of Science and Technology. To prepare for your degree you will study core English language modules, and subject modules for Engineering and Computing Foundation Year. Degree options include Chemical Engineering, Natural Sciences and Physics.

Is this programme for me?

If you love STEM and hope to study a related subject at a top-ranking university in the UK, our pathway programme is a great first step. With us, you will develop your understanding of Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Physics.

We want to help you discover new passions. Areas of study include number theory and graph theory (Pure Mathematics); vectors and variable acceleration (Applied Mathematics); and induction and inductors (Physics)

What will I study?

You will study core modules within the International Foundation Year programme alongside subject specific modules designed to help you on your degree.

Core modules focus on your English language and university-level study skills. At the end of the programme you will feel confident in taking notes, writing essays, giving presentations, and contributing to discussions. Study areas include:

Academic English Skills*

  • develop your English communication skills
  • presenting and seminar preparation
  • time management and organisational skills
  • meeting deadlines and responding to feedback

Project and research skills

  • a self-study project related to your undergraduate degree
  • completed over two terms.

*Subject to approval

Subject modules that relate to Engineering and Computing give you the academic knowledge and confidence you need to progress to your chosen degree.

Study areas include:

Pure Mathematics 1, 2 & 3

  • Set theory
  • Geometry
  • Calculus and applications
  • Mathematical induction
  • Number theory
  • Graph theory
  • Group theory

Applied Mathematics 1 & 2

  • Mechanics of point masses
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Momentum and energy conservation
  • Mathematics of vectors
  • Variable acceleration
  • Objects modelled as rigid bodies

Physics 1 & 2

  • Sound and electromagnetic waves
  • Heat and gases
  • Structure of the atom and nucleus
  • Radioactivity
  • Energetics of nuclear reactions
  • Electrical current and charge
  • Storing charge and capacitors
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Alternating currents
  • Gravitational and electrostatic 14th
  • Electromagnetic fields

Study plans

Why study the International Foundation Year in Engineering and Computing at Lancaster?

  • 2nd for career prospects in Chemical Engineering (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)
  • 4th for Chemical Engineering (Guardian University Guide 2022)
  • 6th for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)
  • 8th for General Engineering (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)
  • All Lancaster Engineering undergraduate courses are accredited by either the IMechE, IChemE or IET

Progressing to your degree

You will progress to your chosen degree when you have completed your International Foundation Year and achieved the grades you need.* During your degree, you can join exciting field trips, experience laboratory-based work and take part in industry projects.

Faculty of Science and Technology

The faculty has a reputation for high profile research – we currently have more than 300 researchers working on projects with leading global organisations, such as Microsoft. Our new, high-tech Engineering building has specially designed workshops and laboratories.

Degree options

You can choose between more than 35 different Engineering and Computing degrees at Lancaster. Your degree options include Chemical Engineering, Natural Sciences, Physics and Nuclear Engineering.

To see all degree options, visit our progression degrees page.

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* Please note the degree aim / selected degree path is not fixed or guaranteed. During your first term at the International Study Centre you will be asked to select three degree choices from progression list. You will receive a conditional offer, this offer will be made unconditional on successful completion of the course and on achieving the required progression grades.

Key facts

Course length

Three terms

Entry points

October and January

Visit our term dates page for specific dates.

Entry requirements

Visit our entry requirements page to learn more.


Visit our fees page to learn more.

Top rankings

4th in the UK for Chemical Engineering
6th in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022