International Study Centre

Undergraduate Foundation Programme in Engineering and Sciences

Course overview

This pathway will prepare you for your chosen undergraduate degree at the Faculty of Engineering or Faculty of Science.

What you will study

Core modules

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence, in an academic context.

Mathematics for Science and Engineering 1

This module is aimed to enhance numeracy skills. The module will cover basic algebra, functions, systems of linear equations and matrices. Students will also be introduced to MATLAB®, a widely used numerical computing tool, and will make use of it to reinforce the key concepts learned in this module.

Mathematics for Science and Engineering 2

This module will introduce the key concepts of sequences and series, differentiation, integration and differential equations. Students will also learn enhanced applications of MATLAB® and will apply the software to numerical problems related to key concepts learnt during the module.

This module focusses on developing the practical skills required for both study and careers in STEM. Alongside their introduction to basic scientific practices, students will develop communication and reflection skills, and the ability to organise their study.

Route modules

The modules you will study depend on what subject you are planning to study at Strathclyde. 

Biomedical Science

  • Biology 1 & 2
  • Chemistry 1 & 2

Chemical & Process Engineering

  • Chemistry 1 & 2
  • Applied Mathematics 1, and either:
    • Applied Mathematics 2, or
    • Physics 1 or Physics 2.

Chemistry

  • Chemistry 1 & 2, and either:
    • Applied Mathematics 1 & 2, or
    • Physics 1 & 2.

Computing

  • Computing 1 & 2 and either:
    • Chemistry 1 & 2, or
    • Chemistry 1 & Physics 1, or
    • Physics 1 & 2

Electronic & Electrical Engineering and Computer & Electronic Systems

  • Computing 1
  • Electronics
  • Physics 1 & 2

All other Engineering subjects, and Physics

  • Applied Mathematics 1 & 2
  • Physics 1 & 2

Route module descriptions

Applied Mathematics 1 

This module prepares students for first degree programmes in Engineering and Sciences through the development of mathematical applications, with specific regard to the study of forces, energy and the laws of motion. These key concepts will provide a solid foundation for further study in the field of Engineering and Science.

Applied Mathematics 2

This module extends the knowledge developed through the Applied Mathematics 1 module. The students will further enhance their knowledge on the study of forces, energy and the laws of motion. They will also become familiar with essential topics related to Statics, circular motion, rotational dynamics and momentum.

Biology 1

This module is designed for students progressing to degrees that require underpinning knowledge of Biology. Students are introduced to the basic molecular building blocks of life; the structure in relation to the function of living cells; the flow of information through the cell; and the basic principles of metabolism. The module includes both classroom and laboratory based learning and serves as a bridge to further undergraduate study.

Biology 2

This module builds upon the knowledge acquired in Biology 1. The main aim of this module is to provide students with a basic understanding of the physiology of the major organ systems of the human body. Students will understand how the body is regulated to maintain a healthy internal environment. Students will also explore diseases where these systems are disrupted. The module is delivered through classroom and laboratory based learning. This module further aims to deepen practical laboratory and scientific communication skills gained in Biology 1 to ultimately equip students with the academic knowledge and practical skills and experience needed to link theory to reality.

The primary aim of this module is to develop a firm ground in the understanding of the analysis and design of analogue and digital circuits. The module will provide students with a good mathematical grasp of circuit theory and help provide students destined for further undergraduate study in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Chemistry 1 

The main aim of this module is to equip students hoping to undertake further study at undergraduate level with elementary knowledge of Chemistry. The students will learn about atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonding and the principles of thermodynamics. The concepts related to reactions of alkenes, alkynes and benzene will also be introduced.

Chemistry 2

This module builds upon the knowledge acquired in Chemistry 1. The students will be introduced to the concepts of Born-Haber cycles and how to use them in calculations with lattice enthalpy. The students will carry out laboratory operations including mass and volume measurement and titrations with an awareness of the importance of chemical safety.

Computing 1 

You will study basic computer architecture and operating systems and to develop a basic understanding of programming. You will be introduced to the study of Java as a programming language, with this being further developed in the Computing 2 module.

Computing 2

This module builds on skills acquired in Computing 1. Students will continue their study of Java programming language and will cover enhanced applications of Java to real-world problems. Students will also acquire understanding of machine language, and HTML language for web development.

Physics 1 

This module will equip the students with elementary knowledge of Physics. The students will study selected topics in mechanics, waves and thermodynamics. The key concepts will be demonstrated using real-world examples and data.

Physics 2

This module will equip the students with knowledge in the areas of electricity and magnetism. The students will learn about electric charge, electric potential, circuits, magnetic fields, magnetic induction and alternating currents. The key concepts will be demonstrated using real-world examples.

Degree progression

Once you have completed the Undergraduate Foundation Programme, and subject to satisfying the progression criteria, you can proceed to the second year of your four-year degree at the University (some exceptions apply, expand the list below for more information).

University Programme Award English grade Overall grade
Aero-Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 60%
Applied Chemistry ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Architectural Studies *^ BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Biochemistry MSci 60% 60%
Biochemistry and Immunology ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Biochemistry and Microbiology ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Biochemistry and Pharmacology ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Biology with Teaching ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Biomedical Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 60%
Biomedical Science ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Biomolecular Sciences ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 60%
Chemistry ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Chemistry with Drug Discovery ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Chemistry with Forensic Chemistry ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Chemistry with Teaching MChem 60% 60%
Civil Engineering BEng(Hons) 60% 60%
Civil & Environmental Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 60%
Computer & Electronic Systems BEng (Hons) 60% 60%
Computer Science ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Data Analytics ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Electronic & Electrical Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 60%
Electrical & Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 60%
Forensic and Analytical Chemistry MChem 60% 60%
Immunology BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Immunology and Microbiology ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Immunology and Pharmacology ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Mathematics ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Mathematics & Computer Science ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Mathematics & Physics ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Mathematics with Teaching ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Mathematics, Statistics & Accounting ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Mathematics, Statistics & Business Analysis ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Mathematics, Statistics & Economics ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Mathematics, Statistics & Finance ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 60%
Mechanical Engineering with International Study BEng (Hons) 60% 60%
Microbiology BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 60%
Naval Architecture with Ocean Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 60%
Naval Architecture High Performance Marine Vehicles BEng (Hons) 60% 60%
Pharmacology **‡ MSci 60% 60%
Pharmacology and Microbiology ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Pharmacy *** MPharm 60% 60%
Physics ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Physics with Advanced Research MPhys 60% 60%
Physics with Teaching ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Product Design Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 60%
Product Design & Innovation BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Production Engineering & Management BEng (Hons) 60% 60%
Prosthetics & Orthotics †* BSc (Hons) 60% 40%
Software Engineering ** BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Sports Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 60%

* Progression to year 1 of this degree
** If you do not achieve the grades required for progression to year 2, you may be able to progress to year 1 of these degrees.
*** Only 20 places available for the September 2019 intake. Progression to year 2 of a 5 year degree.
† University interview and pre-approval required before you can receive an offer. Applications to include personal statement, contact email, Skype details and interview availability.
^ Portfolio and pre-approval required before you can receive an offer for the Undergraduate Foundation Programme.
‡ Progression to year 2 of a 5 year degree.

These degrees and grades are subject to change.

When I got here, I got to see some university equipment that I thought were really cool, things I’d never seen before. I have this class, electronic electrical principles, where we had a lab and I actually got to see a breadboard which I hadn’t seen before and I didn't know how to use."

Ololade from Nigeria Studied Undergraduate Foundation Programme in
Engineering and Sciences 
Progressed to BEng (Hons) Electronic & Electrical Engineering

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