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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

  • train your language and related academic skills
  • develop the accuracy and range of your written and spoken language
  • your studies will be supported by an online learning platform to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom
  • Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide.

Project and research skills

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

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.

Why join this November?

Join us in November and stay on track to progress to your degree in September 2023.

By starting the 3-term International Foundation Year in November, you will benefit from three additional weeks of study and life skills before commencing your main pathway programme in January 2023. There will be no additional tuition fee for this period, and this will provide you with a great opportunity for an enhanced student experience focusing on three key areas: orientation; practical support and academic and digital skills. Topics will include a digital skills health check; managing your money; practical tips on finding study and life balance; and an introduction to assessments in UK higher education.

What will I study in the additional three weeks?  

You’ll benefit from a 15-hour per week face-to-face classes, allowing you to:

  • feel more confident and better prepared for the start of your January programme of study
  • practice your English by interacting with the fellow students and build friendships
  • assess your own digital skills proficiency
  • meet the key Centre staff who will provide advice for success
  • familiarise yourselves with the support available
  • apply a range of academic study skills to meet your individual needs
  • have more time to adapt to the UK life and settle in before you begin your January programme.

Are there any additional cost or fees?

There will be no additional tuition fee, as November starts will have the same tuition fee as the respective January programme. However, there will be additional costs to consider, as expected with being in the UK for a longer period (i.e. accommodation). If you request accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Support Team will contact you directly in October regarding the options available.

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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, November 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

6th in the UK for Chemical Engineering13th in the UK for Computer Science

The Guardian University Guide 2023

New November start

If you want to be better prepared for the start of your January programme of study, join us in November.