FndCert International Foundation Programme (Engineering)

The International Foundation Programme has been created to help international students of engineering prepare for their degree programmes. As well as introducing you to engineering topics, it’s designed to improve your language skills, equip you with the academic skills you’ll need, and introduce you to higher education in the UK.

International Foundation Programme (Engineering)

Key information



Mode of Study:



1 year


The University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

Our International Foundation Programme (Engineering) is designed to introduce you to a new study culture, build a solid understanding of key concepts and practices in engineering, and help you develop your English skills. You’ll benefit from teaching that’s interactive, and has a strong focus on communication and group working. This way, you don’t just learn from your tutors, but also from your fellow students as you collaborate and support each other’s progress. Studying in a foreign country is a great opportunity, and can be a really positive life-changing experience. It can be a challenge too, so we’re here to provide you with wide-ranging support and encouragement to help you make the most of your time living and studying in what might be a whole new cultural experience, and an academic approach you’re not familiar with.

This course covers the key areas from the first year of an undergraduate degree programme in engineering, so if you complete it successfully, you’ll be ready to consider full undergraduate study – having familiarised yourself with the academic language and study skills required.

Classes on this course are taught and run by specialist English for Academic Purposes (EAP) lecturers and expert tutors from the University of Bolton's engineering department.

  • We offer an excellent preparation for further study at degree level in an engineering-related subject.
  • You can achieve an English level comparable to IELTS 6.0/6.5 upon successful completion.
  • This course offers a combination of engineering topics, English language and academic skills.
  • Specialist English for Academic Purposes (EAP) tutors work closely with our expert departmental tutors to provide excellent teaching and learning support.
  • There’s also excellent pastoral support from highly qualified teaching staff, personal tutors and welfare officers, to help you embrace and make the most of studying here.
  • The University of Bolton has an active International Society, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to socialise with people from all over the world while you get to know Bolton, the local area and beyond.
Key Features
  • We offer interactive and inclusive teaching that focuses on developing your communication as well as your skills and knowledge.
  • International Foundation Programmes at Bolton give you access to comprehensive guidance from the university's student support services, including advice on housing and accommodation, financial and careers, plus counselling services and disability support.
  • You also have access to chaplains and pastoral assistants from a range of traditions, faiths and worldviews.
  • On completing this foundation programme successfully, you should be able to demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, practices and principles in engineering.
Professional recognition

  • You’ll need a Secure English Language Test score of at least IELTS 5.0 (with at least 5.0 in every component), or an approved comparable qualification.
  • You’ll also need a High School Leaving Certificate (or equivalent).

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at admissions@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

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.

If you complete this International Foundation Programme (Engineering) successfully then you’ll be in a position to apply for an approved engineering-related undergraduate degree at the University of Bolton, or strengthen your career prospects in engineering-related fields.

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/23
International Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/23

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021/2022 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 eligibility 2021/2022 policy on www.gov.uk 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.


Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.

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

Call Admissions

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

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

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

This course is not currently accepting online applications

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

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

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

You’ll experience a range of teaching approaches on this course, and we’ll help you develop the study and learning strategies that best support you as you acquire and develop your engineering knowledge, language and academic skills.

Each module will have a practical focus, and timetabled sessions will allocate time to tuition, group work and assignment/IT workshops. Each week, we offer 20 hours of tuition, including workshops or seminars, plus an hour’s academic tutorial to support you with assignments. Our teaching approach places emphasis on facilitation, whereby your tutor will guide and support you as you complete a variety of tasks.

In tutorial sessions, you’ll receive detailed and constructive feedback on your progress, and we’ll help you find your own strategies for successfully completing the course. In addition, you’ll have access to our virtual learning environment – a website with a wide range of additional learning materials, interactive content and support resources.

Assessments don’t just include written exams and assignments but also portfolios of work which you’ll work on independently with advice from teachers, giving you the opportunity to improve your work throughout the course. You’ll also be expected to deliver presentations and participate in discussions with regular feedback from your teachers to help you. One-to-one discussions between teacher and student are also a very important feature of the programme where you’ll have the opportunity to discuss progress and raise any concerns about your studies.


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.

  • Academic Language and Skills 4
  • Engineering Technology
  • Foundation Principles 1
  • Foundation Principles 2
  • Principles of Biomolecular Science
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity


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

Sally Preece
Programme Leader


+44 (0)1204 903613

Richard Bailey
Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes


+44 (0)1204 903783

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton


+44 (0)1204 903903

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