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This Foundation Year is an alternative route onto our Engineering, Computing, Construction, Environmental and Electronics degree programmes. It is designed to allow students to gain the skills required to progress to our BSc/BEng programmes.

WISA is a multidisciplinary faculty, covering architecture, automotive and motorsport engineering, built environment, computing, electronics, environmental conservation, logistics and mechanical and manufacturing engineering.


STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (Automotive Engineering Stream)
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STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (Computing Stream)
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STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (Building Stream)
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STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (Environmental Stream)
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Certificate of Higher Education in Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (Electronics Stream)
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STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (Manufacturing Stream)
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Contact Email: info@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Richard Sutton

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course

  1. A gateway to degrees in multiple disciplines across Engineering, Computing and Built & Natural Environment.
  2. State of the art, purpose-built campus with brand new workshop facilities and high-tech learning spaces.
  3. Specialist support sessions in Mathematics and Science, run on a weekly basis.
  4. Passionate and compassionate staff – 1 to 1 session bookings available.
  5. Guest lectures from lecturers and industry professionals across a wide range of applications and sectors.

What you will learn

Course Overview

UWTSD has a long history of "Reaching Wider" and we appreciate the challenges that students can face, often through no fault of their own. We also appreciate the challenges presented to individuals wishing to change career. This programme is intended to address and resolve any deficiencies in students' skills in order to meet the entry requirements for our degree.

We have a friendly team of academics who are dedicated to the well-being and academic progress of our students and offer excellent support to students on this Foundation Year.

Module Topics

All streams have common core modules offering instruction in skills such as maths, science and academic writing. Each stream also has specialised modules relating to the area of study (see modules below for details).

Common to all streams:

  • Academic Skills (20 credits)
  • Integrating Project (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Mathematics and Science (20 credits)
  • Further Mathematics (20 credits)

Foundation in Automotive Engineering:

  • Further Science for Engineering (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Automotive Engineering (20 credits)

Foundation in the Built Environment:

  • Further Science for Construction (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Construction Technology (20 credits)

Foundation in Computing:

  • Computer Systems (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Computer Programming
  • Analysing and Solving Problems (20 credits) or Further Mathematics (20 credits)

Foundation in Electronics:

  • Computer Systems (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Electronics (20 credits)

Foundation in the Environment:

  • Environmental Science (20 credits)
  • Fieldwork Studies (20 credits)

Foundation in Mechanical and Manufacturing:

  • Further Science for Engineering (20 credits)
  • Manufacturing and Materials (20 credits)

Our aim is to generate work that is mainly student-driven, individual, reflective and vocationally-orientated. Feedback to students will occur early in the study period and continue over the whole study session thereby allowing for greater value added to the student’s learning.

UWTSD has a principle of purchasing industry-standard facilities. Examples include our 5 axis CNC machining centre, Composites Autoclave, Engine dynamometers, Thermographic cameras, GIS mapping systems, and leading software from Solidworks, Siemens NX, ANSYS Fluent, Mapinfo,  MATLAB, AutoCAD and many other specialist applications.

It is a principle of the university that students have access to all facilities. This principle often generates exciting cross-disciplinary project work.

Our Automotive and Motorsport students have the added benefit of access to our own dedicated facility at the Pembrey Racing Circuit, which allows us to test suspension systems, undertake data acquisition measurements, and test our two-wheel and four-wheel performance vehicles.

The Built and Natural environment students take full advantage of our coastal location for fieldwork, reflecting a particular research strength in that school.

Our computing students have access to state of the art High-Performance Computing (HPC) facilities, as well as leading edge development systems for computer games and mobile application development.

Related Links

Foundation Year in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Key Information

Entry Criteria

Our offers are based on 32 UCAS points. We will not specify the subject matter required. We will accept A levels, National Diplomas, Certificates, National Awards or equivalent, including NVQ Level 3, 14-19 Diploma and Access courses. Providing you achieve the points required, one A level would be sufficient. GCSE Maths at grade C or above is also required.

Our offers are not solely based on academic results. We take your skills, achievements and life experience into consideration. In such cases, they must provide evidence of the capacity to pursue the course successfully. We like to give such applicants every opportunity to show that they have the motivation and ability to succeed in their chosen programme.

The Foundation Year in Automotive Engineering is also delivered on the Cardigan Campus of Coleg Ceredigion. For more information please email info@uwtsd.ac.uk 

Career Opportunities

‘40,000 extra graduates in STEM are needed each year to meet demand.’

Nida Broughton, Skills shortages holding back the UK’s economic recovery

‘Every single type of engineering is in short supply, from mechanical to software, civil to electrical.’

Matthew Wall, Business reporter, BBC News

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs for this course.

Related Courses

The Certificate of Higher Education in STEM provides you with the correct entry requirements to progress onto any of our BSc and BEng degrees.

The Automotive Engineering Stream could progress onto: 

The Built Environments Stream could progress onto: 

The Computing Stream could progress onto: 

  • Applied Computing
  • BSc Business Information Technology
  • Computer Games Development
  • Computer Networks
  • Computing and Information Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Web Development

The Electronics Stream could progress onto:

  • BEng Computer Systems and Electronics
  • BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering

The Environmental Stream could progress onto:

The Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Stream could progress onto:

Student Quotes

Craig Shreeves, former foundation student | BEng Motorcycle Engineering graduate

“The foundation year really helped me to catch up with the maths and science aspect of the degree and because of the head start that the foundation year gave me, I found time to get involved with extra-curricular projects in my first year.”

Bursary / Scholarship Information

To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.