BEng (Hons) single honours Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year 2019/20

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Our Mechanical Engineering degree will enable you to take benchtop experimental procedures and processes into larger, commercial scale operations. This innovative course has been designed in collaboration with industry – solve work related problems typically sourced from a range of employers. The Foundation Year will prepare those who are changing careers or who require additional subject knowledge before studying at degree level and working in this exciting area.

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We’re building a new £60m Science, Engineering, Technology and Health facility on our main campus in Canterbury, equipped with the latest technology and bespoke learning spaces for our engineering students. We’re planning to open Building 2 in September 2020, with building work now well underway.

As a mechanical engineer, you’ll design, develop and improve mechanical components and systems for pretty much anything! The contribution of mechanical engineers is key in developing, implementing and maintaining engineering solutions that ensure products are manufactured, energy is generated efficiently and meets demand, and systems are integrated and operate smoothly. At Christ Church, you will gain interdisciplinary engineering experience and learn how to integrate electronic, electrical and mechanical systems to provide technology solutions to problems.

“Mechanical Engineering is the broadest engineering discipline and while there are many engineers who work in a purely mechanical environment there is also a broad spectrum of engineers who work in multi-disciplinary environments”

IMechE (2016)

Mechanical engineers have been making a difference to everyday lives for thousands of years from designing, developing and using pulleys, gears and leavers in the middle east to enable humans to build Petra, and Pyramids. Today designing, developing and implementing devices on the Bejing Subway enabling users to pay for a subway ticket by recycling plastic bottles.

This innovative course has been designed in collaboration with industry and you’ll have the excellent opportunity to solve work related problems typically sourced by a range of employers. We offer a truly immersive learning opportunity and you will work with your peers and other fields of engineering to apply your theory to solve industry supplied work-based problems.

The BEng Mechanical Engineering Degree with Foundation Year provides creative and talented students, career changers, or those with experience and passion for the subject, with a direct route to an engineering degree.

This course is for you if:

  • You didn’t continue to study science and maths beyond GCSE level, are doing well in your chosen post 16 studies and have the mindset and habits required for a career in mechanical engineering
  • Your career plan is to get into mechanical engineering and you need to strengthen your knowledge and understanding in science and maths
  • It’s been a while since you last studied, particularly science and maths, and you would like to change career to become a mechanical engineer.

This four-year course starts with the foundation year, to help build your engineering skills and knowledge while preparing you for your engineering degree. During the foundation year you will learn and develop the underpinning theoretical and practical skills in applied mathematics, science and computer programming. You’ll gain the engineering skills and knowledge needed to study at BEng level where you’ll use the pioneering CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate) approach to tackle real industrial problems.

We are one of only a handful of universities in the UK to offer the CDIO international engineering education model, developed by MIT, which allows you to learn in a practical, hands-on way to find solutions to societal engineering problems. This approach allows you to apply and develop your professional mechanical engineering practice, work with industry, appreciate the industry’s requirements, and network with industry and future potential graduate employers.

At the end of the foundation year, you will continue with the BEng Mechanical Engineering and will be supported to develop your employability and job application skills. You will have the opportunity to apply for an optional placement to help you to stand out in the job market and seek employment with large organisations such as EDF, StageCoach, Berkley Modular and Suez.

This course equips you to become a practising professional graduate mechanical engineer and on completion of the BEng (Bachelor of Engineering), you will be on track to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

There are hundreds of mechanical engineering employers in the south-east seeking design, product development, multi-skilled engineers to support food manufacturing, and energy companies.

“An engineering graduate is the second highest of all graduates after medicine and dentistry”

IMechE (2018)

During the foundation year, you will develop fundamental knowledge and understanding of the following, in the context of mechanical engineering:

  • Applied engineering
  • Physics
  • Digital and analogue electronics
  • Mathematics. 

Over the course of the BEng Mechanical Engineering Degree, the modules you study will build your learning in:

  • Applied science
  • Mathematics
  • Heat and fluid transfer
  • Mechanical structural dynamics
  • Design for computer aided manufacture
  • Materials engineering
  • Systems engineering and integration
  • Building services
  • Industry 4.0 advanced manufacturing. 

Common themes embedded within the core modules include:

  • Engineering professional practice and development
  • Engineering’s role in society
  • Health and safety
  • Quality and control
  • Legal, ethical, and environmental regulations
  • Policy and practice
  • Employability development for placement and graduate roles.

We are developing optional modules to offer specialised pathways in:

  • Systems
  • Building Services
  • Industry 4.0 manufacturing.

Choosing a career in mechanical engineering will open the door to a vast range of innovative and dynamic roles where you can pursue a lifelong career.

As a practising mechanical engineer, you could be involved in:

  • Creating, implementing and maintaining mechanical systems that increase the speed of water bottle filling on a bottling production line.  
  • Designing and managing the implementation and maintenance of air and heat flow through buildings.
  • Designing, implementing and maintaining mechanical systems for the food, chemical or pharmaceutical industry.
  • Designing, implementing and maintaining industry 4.0 solutions to enable manufacturers to becomes more efficient, and improve quality and cost effectiveness of a business operation.

Career opportunities extend beyond the mechanical engineering sector, meaning you could use your skills and expertise in:

  • The design of lifts, working alongside manufacturers and installers working to create, implement and maintain fast and efficient lifts.
  • The automotive, F1 or aerospace industry, working alongside automotive and aerospace engineers to improve the structural strength of vehicles and reduce the weight of vehicle frames.  
  • Vehicle transport engineering, where mechanical engineers find solutions to improve vehicle aerodynamics and engine efficiency.   
  • Financial organisations, where mechanical engineers are sought after for their data processing and analytical strengths for industry audits, accountancy and consultancy.
  • The legal sector: where mechanical engineers use their expertise to carry out technical reviewing, advising, and approving patents.
This list represents possible career opportunities and in some cases you may be required to undertake further studies or gain relevant work experience and/or professional accreditation in order to pursue particular roles. Further academic study can enhance your career prospects and lead you to senior and specialist positions both within engineering and also teaching or research-related roles.



The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £6,575 £8,500
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £11,900
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2019/20 only. Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Travel There will also be additional costs incurred for possible visits to industrial facilities within Kent and at partner institutions in Europe.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

The first year of study is your foundation year (year 0) where you will study a range of engaging and inspiring modules. These modules will enable you to develop academic and practical skills that will build your confidence and equip you with the fundamental knowledge required to embark on your degree.

Each module in the foundation year typically consists of 20 hours of lectures, 40 hours of laboratory work and 10 hours of tutorials. Modules are led by experienced academics including senior lecturers, principal lecturers, laboratory technicians and postgraduate demonstrators. 

As you progress with the BEng Mechanical Engineering Degree (levels 4 to 6) you will study a range of modules which (per module) will typically comprise 24 hours of lectures and 24 hours of laboratory sessions/tutorials/workshops, depending on the modules selected. Some modules also include project supervision meetings with your academic supervisor, timetabled access to engineering workshops, makerspace and project laboratories with technician support.  

In addition to the structured teaching times, you will also be required to undertake self-study. The typical amount of time for all activities associated with one 20-credit module is 200 hours which is made up of class contact time in lectures, tutorials and workshops, laboratory sessions, module preparation, module learning contextualisation, assessment research, development and submission, and examination revision.

The BEng Mechanical Engineering modules will typically be led by research active, specialist senior lecturers, principal lecturers, readers and professors with laboratory learning supported by engineering and science technicians and postgraduate demonstrators. The academics are typically specialist and researchers in a particular field, for example, control and instrumentation or heat and fluid dynamics.

To help develop your employability skills, additional drop-in academic and peer mentoring sessions may be timetabled to support you with specific topics.   

The foundation year will consist of coursework assessment and examinations. Coursework assessment includes on-line tests, development of a laboratory book and scientific report, a laboratory practical and write up, and tutorial problems. 

As you progress with the BEng Mechanical Engineering Degree (levels 4 to 6) you will undertake coursework assessments and examinations. The coursework aims to be balanced in type, variety and appropriateness across each academic year and could include case study analysis, group project based learning, laboratory investigation and write up, online tests, tutorial problems and questions, individual and group presentations, completion of a laboratory book, viva voca, conceive, design, implement, and operate (CDIO) projects, dissertation and work-related/based activity. For written assessments the word count or equivalent is provided. 

During each of the three years of study of your degree you will have the opportunity to work on a substantial group CDIO project (worth 20 credits) that will provide you with the opportunity to build your technical and professional practice skills. The pioneering CDIO approach is designed to enable you to develop your creative skills in order to find solutions based on applied science and engineering principles that provide practical benefits to industry. For example, could you prototype the next mechanical strawberry picking system?  

Our new multi-million-pound facility for Science, Engineering, Technology and Health is expected to be opened in September 2020, equipped with the latest technology and bespoke learning spaces for our engineering students.

It will take advantage of our strong links with industry and employers to produce work-ready engineering graduates who can make an active contribution to 21st century society. It will be home to the Kent and Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise (EDGE) Hub.


Our main campus in Canterbury has city centre facilities on its doorstep and, of course, you will benefit from all the new building has to offer.

This course has links to the mechanical engineering industry including companies such as Pfizer, Berkeley Modular, local food manufacturers and engineering manufacturing businesses.


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Fact file

UCAS course code

  • H141 Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year
  • H142 Mechanical Engineering (Systems) with Foundation Year
  • H143 Mechanical Engineering (Advance Manufacture) with Foundation Year
  • H144 Mechanical Engineering (Building Services) with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 4 years full-time


  • September 2019

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be between 32 and 112 UCAS Tariff points depending on your Level 3 subject mix, your experience if appropriate and what you say about studying Engineering in the UCAS Personal Statement. Plus, 5 GCSEs at grade C, or above (or equivalent) including maths, science and English language.

    Further entry requirements

    If you haven't taken Level 3 qualifications in subjects traditionally aligned to Engineering (e.g. maths, science), are returning to education or are changing careers, the foundation year provides you with the opportunity to build the knowledge base required to continue onto the BEng.

    If you already have maths or science qualifications at Level 3 then we would require 32-88 tariff points for entry onto the Foundation Year.

    If you do not have the necessary entry qualifications, we will consider you if you can demonstrate that you can study at a suitable level. You may be invited to attend an interview.

    More entry requirement details.



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