BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with foundation

The University of Bolton's BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with foundation year degree taught at our London Academic Centre by our learning partner Regent College London will support you in developing the vocational and practical skills and knowledge you need to start a fantastic career in this exciting global industry.

Mechanical Engineering with foundation

Key information


BEng (Hons)

Mode of Study:



4 years


Regent College London

UCAS points:


UCAS code:


Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

Mechanical engineers are always in demand around the globe. They create solutions, solve problems, and play a central role in the design and implementation of moving parts in various industries. This programme will prepare you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in this competitive and diverse field.

The course will see you apply mathematical and statistical methods, tools, and notations to analyse and solve complex engineering problems. You'll also develop your capabilities in problem-solving, managing workloads, and communicating with a range of individuals. In your foundation year, you'll gain an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of the engineering environment and its principles.

  • This course prepares prospective engineers for meaningful professional employment in the mechanical engineering sector.
  • You'll develop your cognitive, intellectual, and problem-solving skills via key principles of mechanical engineering.
  • The demand for skilled and qualified mechanical engineers is increasing, fostered by a transforming economic landscape, driven by the need for advanced engineering solutions.
  • Upon graduation, you'll be able to pursue a career in a wide range of industries. Examples include advanced manufacturing, product design, biomedical engineering, and artificial intelligence, among many others. You may also study a master's in a related subject area.
Key Features
  • We use small group and tutorial teaching, so you have the opportunity to benefit from the excellent support offered by our teaching staff.
  • Free Pre-sessional English classes are available if you need support to improve your English language skills to meet the English language requirements for your chosen course.
  • You'll benefit from dedicated student and academic support during your time at our London Academic Centre.
  • We offer Success, Character, Opportunity and Progress Enhancement (SCOPE) sessions that are designed to support your growth and enable you to develop wider thinking across your curriculum.
  • You'll be able to take advantage of our Thinking into Character (TiC) suite of educational programmes that focus on helping you to think bigger, aim higher and achieve your dreams.
  • A link tutor provides academic communication between our London Academic Centre at Regent College London and the University of Bolton's academic school so that the experience you receive as an off-campus student is equivalent to that of an on-campus student.
  • As an off-campus student, you'll also have access to the support of the University's dedicated off-campus team and resources to help make you truly feel part of the institution.
  • You'll also have access to the University's e-learning resources, an extensive e-library and the support of University librarians.

  • 48 UCAS points. We accept a full range of qualifications that carry UCAS points, including A-levels, BTECs and T levels. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points. For most courses, we are also able to consider non-tariffable qualifications.
  • Your Level 3 subjects must include a relevant subject; for instance, Mathematics, Physics or Engineering.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English, Mathematics and Science.
  • We’ll be happy to consider your application if you have relevant industrial experience or alternative qualifications.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Where we think you’ll benefit from English language tuition, we’ll support you to improve your English language skills as part of your foundation year. This will help you to succeed at degree level.
  • Please visit to find out more about our London Academic Centre and Regent College London.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

Mechanical engineering deals with designing, developing, installing, operating, and maintaining anything with moving parts. Jobs are available in a vast array of sectors.

A mechanical engineering degree combines mathematics, science, technology, business and management. This course is designed to ensure graduates can solve problems, manage workloads, communicate with a range of personnel, work in multidisciplinary teams, and develop decision-making abilities and ICT capabilities.

What can I do with this qualification?

As a graduate of this degree, you'll have the skills and knowledge needed to enter a broad range of roles in the mechanical engineering industry, including design, manufacturing, testing, construction, development and management, as well as related roles in areas such as sales and marketing.

Many industries employ mechanical engineers, including aerospace, automotive, chemical, construction, medicine, sport, defence, consumer goods and electrical. There are career opportunities both in the UK and abroad.

After graduation, you could pursue a career in manufacturing or other areas of science and technology, such as sustainable energy. You could seek research and development, design, production, or plant management work. Alternatively, you could continue your formal education in the form of an MSc or research degree.

Alternative career options

Graduates can use this qualification as a stepping stone into a range of other careers. Some of these roles may require relevant experience and/or postgraduate study. Some possibilities include the following:

  • Investment banking
  • Mining and drilling
  • Patent law
  • Production management
  • Technical sales
  • Water engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • IT
  • Finance
  • Accountancy
  • Research and development
  • Teaching and education
  • Consultancy
  • Civil engineering
  • Supply chain
  • Building services
  • Telecommunications
  • Waste management
  • Quality management

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2024/252025/262026/272027/282028/29

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2023-2024 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2023-2024 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.


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For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

If you wish to apply to multiple institutions or courses for September, then apply through UCAS

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £27. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £22.50 is applicable.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903

We use various teaching, learning and assessment methods to help you achieve your potential. Timetabled sessions, such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, offer you knowledge of the concepts and principles essential in engineering. We expect you to build on these in your own time through extra reading, revision and reflection on what you have learned. Open-ended projects and design, make and test activities allow you to apply the principles you've learned, bringing the concepts and practical applications together in your mind.

Regarding assessment, you can expect project or design reports, examinations, portfolios, presentations, and blogs. Some assessments will contribute to your final module mark and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes. In contrast, others are designed to help you identify areas that need extra attention on your part or where you need additional support from your tutors.

This programme adopts a blended learning and teaching style, including online delivery and engagement where appropriate.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Foundation Principles 0
  • Foundation Principles 1
  • Foundation Principles 2
  • Engineering Study Skills
  • Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Environment
  • Engineering Principles 1
  • Engineering Principles 2
  • Projects and Systems
  • Graphical Communications and Computer Modelling
  • Engineering Applications
  • Mechanics of Materials and Machines
  • Thermofluids and Control Systems
  • Engineering Modelling and Analysis
  • Engineering in Business and Society
  • Major Project
  • Advanced Materials and Structures
  • Management and Enterprise in Engineering
  • Advanced Thermofluids and Control
  • Finite Element and Difference Solutions
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level zeroCoursework 100%
Level oneCoursework 49%, Practical exams 18%, Written exams 33%
Level twoCoursework 54%, Practical exams 10%, Written exams 36%
Level threeCoursework 52%, Practical exams 13%, Written exams 35%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level zeroGuided independent study 58%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 42%
Level oneGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level twoGuided independent study 74%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 26%
Level threeGuided independent study 78%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Course Enquiries
Regent College London

+44 (0)203 870 6666

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