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University Foundation (Engineering)

Leading To BEng Petroleum Engineering

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This International Foundation Year prepares international students for guaranteed entry1 to undergraduate degrees in Engineering at Portsmouth University. On successful completion, you can progress directly to the first year of a range of degree programmes, including BEng Petroleum Engineering. See Progression Options below for full details.

  • Why Choose This Course?
    • Guaranteed progression to a bachelor's degree at the University of Portsmouth.
    • A single CAS for the duration of your studies. That means you can study the entire programme on a single visa, with the right to work in the UK from day one.
    • Portsmouth University is rated GOLD for Teaching Excellence by the Department for Education (2019).
    • A strong emphasis on employability, with simulated work environments (e.g. a mock courtroom and pharmacy) to provide real life learning experiences.
    • A wide range of English qualifications accepted for entry, not just UKVI IELTS!

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Course Specification

The University Foundation (Engineering) is a specialist programme for international students who want to study a degree at Portsmouth University, but do not have the qualifications for direct entry. This course is the first stage of a four stage programme, leading to an honours degree awarded by Portsmouth University.

  • Stage 1 (University Foundation): a balanced programme of English, study skills and academic subjects to prepare international students for undergraduate study in the UK. This stage is taught at International College Portsmouth.
  • Stage 2 (First Year University): this stage is taught at International College Portsmouth or Portsmouth University, depending on your chosen subject.
  • Stage 3 (Second Year University): taught at Portsmouth University.
  • Stage 4 (Final Year University): taught at Portsmouth University. At the end of this stage, you will graduate with an honours degree.

Note: this is an integrated degree programme at NQF Level 6. That means you will not have to renew your visa when you transfer from International College Portsmouth to Portsmouth University and you may be accepted without a UKVI IELTS.

Entry Requirements

Academic Completion of high school with good grades, equivalent to 5 IGCSE grades A* - C in relevant subjects (excluding native language). Maths grade D required for science and engineering courses.
English English level equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (5.5+ in all skills).

Note: EU citizens are accepted onto this course.

Start Dates And Progression

The table below lists the next available start dates and the date you will progress to a degree on successful completion of this course.

Start Date End Date Progress
Jan 2021 Aug 2021 Sep 2021
Sep 2021 Apr 2022 Sep 2022

Progression Options

  • BEng Civil Engineering
  • BEng Electronic Engineering
  • BEng Mechanical Engineering
  • BEng Petroleum Engineering
  • BEng Construction Engineering Management
  • BEng Innovation Engineering

1 Entry is guaranteed for students who achieve the minimum grades required for progression.

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