Engineering and Physical Sciences Foundation Certificate is for international students from outside the UK and EU only. Home/EU students should apply for H100 Engineering and Physical Sciences Foundation (integrated honours programme).
This is a one-year, full-time course, designed for international students whose first language is not English and whose school-leaving qualifications do not allow immediate admission to year one of undergraduate engineering, physics, mathematics and computer science degree programmes in the UK.
This course is taught in exactly the same way as the H100 course for UK and EU students, and all students are taught together.
Students who successfully complete this course will have the opportunity to progress onto one of a number of BEng/MEng/BSc degrees in the following departments/schools.
* Progression onto K100, K240 and K230 courses is subject to submission of a successful portfolio in addition to meeting the normal foundation progression criteria
** Progression to degrees in the School of Mathematical Sciences is subject to additional requirements in mathematics modules.
Progression is subject to you having passed to the appropriate level during the foundation programme.
You will study mathematics and engineering subjects, which are appropriate for your chosen undergraduate degree. Options in computer science may also be included. This will provide you with an appropriate background to enter the first year of a degree programme in engineering or computer science.
Students benefit from a wide range of teaching and learning styles – from traditional seminars, lectures and tutorials to state-of-the-art multimedia and electronic learning systems.
All students receive tutorial support and international students also have the opportunity to improve their written and spoken English skills at the University's Centre for English Language Education.
Read more about our foundation year programmes. Any questions studying a foundation year? See our frequently asked questions.
Foundation Mathematics 1 and 2
You will develop your mathematical knowledge and understanding of mathematical processes to help solve basic problems in engineering and science. These modules provide you with techniques in basic and advanced algebra, complex numbers, coordinate geometry and trigonometry, and calculus.
Computer Methods (10 credits – core)
This module involves the use of a software environment (MATLAB) to help solve engineering and mathematical problems. MATLAB is a powerful mathematical modelling tool used heavily in industry. Topics include; data structures and formats, plotting of graphical data and programming.
Electricity and Magnetism/Electrical Circuit Principles (10 credits each)
Providing a basic knowledge of electricity and magnetism, these modules look at a range of component technologies, from inductors and capacitors through to simple semiconductors. In the second semester, topics include; AC circuits, circuit analysis techniques and electrical resonance.
Foundation Mechanics/Further Mechanics (10 credits each)
These two modules will introduce you to the concept of scalars and vectors, and give you a broad grounding in the basic response of rigid structures to imposed forces and to linear and circular motion.
Vibration and Waves/Properties of Matter (10 credits each)
These engineering physics modules provide a grounding in the physical explanations of vibrations and waves. This will cover the analysis of simple engineering and physical systems. You will also study the atom, atomic structures and behaviour.
The Universe/Molecules on the Move (10 credits – core)
An introduction to astronomy, covering general physical principles including cosmology, gravitational fields and orbits, observational techniques in astronomy, and stellar evolution. Molecules on the Move explores the thermal and mechanical properties of matter.
Study Skills (10 credits – core)
This module develops study skills, improving your awareness of research and communication methods, referencing, and presentation skills.
English for Engineering and Science (20 credits)
International students who require English language support will study these modules. Topics covered include essay writing, laboratory reports and presentation skills.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This prospectus may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Engineering and physical sciences can lead to a very varied and rewarding career – please see the degrees you are interested in completing after your foundation year for more information.
Boost your earning potential
Which university courses boost graduate wages the most? Studying with us could help you to earn more.
- 2nd highest in the UK for female engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation
- 2nd highest in the Midlands for male engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation
Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies data
Average starting salary and career progression
The average starting salary for undergraduates in the departments you will join were:
- £22,000 in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, with the highest being £32,000
- £27,011 in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, with the highest being £50,000
- £24,500 in the Department of Civil Engineering, with the highest being £30,000
- £24,500 in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, with the highest being £30,000
- £26,000 in the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, with the highest being £43,000
- £27,500 in the School of Computer Science, with the highest being £60,000
- £24,500 in the School of Mathematical Sciences, with the highest being £50,000
- £25,000 in the School of Physics and Astronomy, with the highest being £46,800
Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers support and advice
Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.
Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2019, High Fliers Research).
Scholarships and bursaries
The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.
Scholarships and bursaries
The top five foundation programme students will receive a BP scholarship of £1,000. For details of this and other funding opportunities offered to engineering students, visit our scholarships page.
The University of Nottingham offers international students a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help.
The University of Nottingham provides information and advice on financing your degree and managing your finances as an international student. The International Office offers a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees.
Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 38 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.