Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Biomedical Engineering - Foundation Year

Start Date: 21 September 2020
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full Time
Suitable for: Adults
Location: Angel (K Block) Site

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Course code: H606 - Institution code: C60

This course is the first year of a four year BEng Degree course or a five year MEng Degree course, delivered by City University, London. It allows you to study at degree level even if you don't have the standard university entry requirements or are returning to education to brush up your technical knowledge and study skills. It allows you to progress to a range of Engineering degrees (at City University, London), and gives you access to state-of-the-art labs and close teacher support.

Study on this foundation year will take place mostly at City and Islington College, but you will take some laboratory classes at the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at City University, London.


The course covers the following key modules:

  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Electrical Science
  • Mathematics
  • C Programming
  • Study Skills
  • Electronic Hardware
  • Software Experiments.

You will also choose one of the following optional modules - Computer Hardware or Biomedical Engineering.


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.


You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practicals. With small class sizes, you’ll enjoy quality contact time with lecturers, and the attention and support when you need it. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. Contact time varies between modules, but typically comprises of around 2-3 hours contact per week for each module.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library and HE hubs

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning hours, and assessment activity plus field trips (where relevant), with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours. Your actual contact hours may depend on the course you study. An indication of how much time allocated to different activities is included within course specification.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and technical officers.


You will need:

  • 80 UCAS points, including A Level Maths at grade C, or above, with either one Science subject or Electronics or Electrical and Electronical Engineering - Level 3 Extended Diploma with an overall grade of DDM, including Merit in both Level 3 Maths modules
  • International Baccalaureate - 30 points overall including Higher Level Maths and a Science subject at Grade 4


The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Some modules may contain at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Method of assessment

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the modules that form part of your course. The majority of the courses offered at the college use coursework as the main method of assessment.


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We normally aim to provide you with feedback on your assessment within 10 working days of hand-in.  


Tuition Fees

£9,250 per year

Additional Costs

In addition to the annual tuition fees, there may be additional costs associated with your programme including:

  • Ad hoc day trips/excursions e.g. visits to employers or exhibitions. Students may incur additional travel costs and on some occasions, entrance fees


Most of our students progress to a degree course at City University London, with entry being automatic on passing the Foundation Year.

The degree courses are:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering with Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Telecommunications

It may be also possible to transfer to a Mechanical, Civil, Motor Vehicle or Aeronautical Engineering degree course, depending on your overall achievement average mark and agreement between the two departments.

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