This course covers topics such as electrical and electronic principles and design, automation, control and instrumentation.
You'll be taught by academics who use their real-world experience to enhance the excellent teaching and support provided, with design-based learning and assessment in our state-of-the-art engineering facilities.
You're encouraged to apply for a year-long placement between the second and final year of study, although it is not compulsory. Past students have secured paid placements with companies such as Jaguar, Nissan, GlaxoSmithKline, Delphi Powertrain Systems and Sellafield Nuclear Power Station.
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group work, laboratory projects and e-learning. We encourage you to develop independent study skills. You will also have opportunities to present ideas to other students and develop concepts within groups.
As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also on-going assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include exams, multiple-choice tests and projects.
The Engineering Integrated Foundation Year includes five modules:
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Learn to use digital technologies to support and enhance your work as an engineer. Use advanced engineering software to perform engineering calculations and analysis and learn to design, simulate, and prototype systems as part of a digital workflow. Develop smart electronic systems, comprising both hardware and software, and simple computer programs.
Develop the mathematical and analytical skills needed to solve engineering problems. Study the foundations of topics such as algebra, trigonometry, Calculus, matrices and differential equations. Gain transferable skills in problem-solving.
Expand your knowledge of all engineering materials (metals, polymers, ceramics and composites), their properties and processing. Build on your understanding of manufacturing processes and systems alongside economic, ethical, and environmental considerations. Apply computer-aided materials selection and manufacturing process selection techniques to engineering components.
Understand the fundamental concepts, laws, and analytical methods for the solution of engineering mechanics problems. Use mechanical technology and evaluate the results of practical mechanics experiments. Utilise different mathematical techniques such as differentiation, integration, solution of simultaneous equations, ordinary differential equations (ODEs), trigonometry, and vectors.
Gain a fundamental understanding of concepts related to electronic and electrical engineering. Grow your analytical skills to be able to solve electronic and electrical circuits. Enhance your knowledge of machines and transformers.
Get an introduction to the world of design engineering. Learn to use key design and engineering software such as CAD (Computer-Aided Design). Develop the ability to produce an engineering drawing, alongside workshop and manufacturing skills.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Examine the operation and application of a range of both microprocessors and PLCs. Investigate the internal architecture, operation and programming techniques of microprocessors and microcontrollers and their role in data capture applications. Apply your skills with design activities and use a problem-based learning approach.
Gain a critical understanding of the operating characteristics of system components within Electricity Generation, Transmission and Distribution, and the techniques that may be employed to model them. Explore the range of sources of energy available for power generation, and economic factors relevant to the provision, and use of, electrical power. Analyse the steady state performance and interpret practical operating data for power system components, such as generators, transformers, and transmission lines.
Enhance your understanding of the operation of a wide variety of analogue and digital electronics. Design electronic circuits and analyse the imperfections and errors in typical circuits. Develop transferrable skills relevant to employment in the engineering sector.
Advance your understanding of the principles of operation and performance of measurement systems. Delve into signal conditioning requirements and their design. Develop models of ‘complex’ systems by using system diagrams for the connection and manipulation of simple sub-systems.
Expand your knowledge of the continuous and discrete time mathematics for the analysis of signals and systems. Undertake engineering analysis and use an appropriate mathematical approach. Develop and analyse mathematical models of the behaviour of a component or system due to external influences.
Work in groups across engineering disciplines to solve a real-world engineering problem. Apply your specialist skills and knowledge to perform tasks to support your project group. Progress your project through the various stages including; identifying the problem, project planning, design and evaluation.
Spend a minimum of 35 weeks working on an industry placement where you’ll compile a portfolio of supporting evidence to demonstrate the achievement of the objectives identified in the learning contract. Engage in work-based learning activities with the support of a supervisor and receive feedback from both them and your academic tutor to improve your performance.
Explore some of the soft skills outlined in the UK-SPEC which are pre-requisites to chartered status. Develop your communication and interpersonal skills alongside the design and development of processes and systems. Discover more about project management, and some of the techniques associated with it.
Undertake a unique engineering project that builds on one or more of the topics you've studied throughout your course. Conduct research and resolve an engineering problem in an area of practice that is interesting to you. Enhance your time-management and research skills.
Discover a range of tools that can be applied within a manufacturing context to analyse existing performance and aid the development of models and systems which achieve an enhanced level of productivity. Develop your knowledge of modern measurement and control tools.
Expand your knowledge of the practical applications and performance characteristics of DC machines, AC motors, and generators, their operation, performance, and control. Design, model and analyse the behavior of electrical machines under normal and abnormal conditions. Critically analyse the stability requirements, the load flow and fault capabilities of a power network, including protection interruption requirements.
Consider the design of complex multivariable combinational and sequential logic circuits. Directly apply digital design principles to practical problems. Appraise circuit designs and formulate designs to improve them.
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Eligible entry qualifications:
If you're unsure of whether you think you might be suitable for the course, please contact us.
**If you've studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade, you'll need to achieve a grade 4 or above. Equivalent alternative qualifications are also accepted, such as Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you've not achieved a grade C in maths and English language we may be able to work with you to ensure that you're able to gain these in the first year of the course, depending on your experience.
If English isn't your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is £9,250 if you're from the UK/Ireland/EU settled/pre-settled.
If you're a full-time UK/Irish/EU settled/EU pre-settled student, you may be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fees for the full four years. UK and EU settled students may also be eligible to receive a maintenance loan.
Please note, this course isn't available to international students.
Learn more about settled status, pre-settled status, special discounts, visa requirements, and Common Travel Area (CTA) agreements for the Republic of Ireland applicants in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Recent graduates have secured graduate jobs that pay around £28,000 a year, with companies such as McLaren Automotive, General Motors and Nissan.
Sunderland has a good reputation with employers - 100% of graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating, according to the latest Unistats data.
Our recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as McLaren Automotive, General Motors, Jaguar, Perkins Engines and Parametrics Technology. Other graduates conduct research within major automotive manufacturers such as Ford, Vauxhall and Nissan.
To further enhance employability we encourage you to apply for a 48-week placement where available between your second and final year. Placements are subject to availability and interviews are required. They are usually paid, with past students having earned an average salary of £14,000-£18,000 a year depending on location.
Placements are an excellent opportunity to put your learning into practice and understand the context for your new knowledge. The contacts made during placements can also be valuable for future job offers.
Examples of companies that have offered placements to Sunderland students include Jaguar, Vauxhall, Nissan, Caterham Cars, Cummins Engines and Tata Steel.