International students from non EU countries should apply for the H10Y Engineering and Physical Sciences Foundation Certificate
This programme is designed for UK and EU students whose school leaving qualifications do not allow admission to year one in engineering, physics, mathematics or computer science undergraduate programmes.This course is taught in exactly the same way as the H10Y course for international students and all students are taught together.
Students who successfully pass the Foundation Programme can progress onto one of a number of BEng/MEng and BSc/MSci 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 at the appropriate level during the Foundation Programme.
Have a question about studying a foundation year? See our frequently asked questions.
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.
There are certain core (compulsory) modules such as computing and mathematics that all students study. The optional modules vary from year to year. Typical modules may include the following.
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.
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.
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 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.
Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.
* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.