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Engineering Year Zero

This full-time, one year course is ideal if you want to become a professional Engineer, but do not have the relevant subject grades to study Engineering at degree level. 

Overview

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This course gives you the core skills in science, mathematics, design and IT, required to study engineering or physics at undergraduate level.

Reasons to study Engineering Year Zero at De Montfort University:

  • This course provides a stepping-stone to a degree in Engineering
  • You can apply if you’re a mature student, or if you don’t have the entry requirements for a full degree
  • If you progressed to an Electronic Engineering degree for example, it’s worth knowing that 100% of graduates went onto work or further study within six months of graduating*.
  • We have a mechanical engineering laboratory and an electronics engineering laboratory, with industry-standard equipment
  • All of our students are invited to take part in a meaningful international experience with #DMUglobal, which can help you develop your knowledge and experience of another culture

On completion of the Engineering Year Zero course, you can progress to one of our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics or Electronic Engineering courses.

I would recommend this course to anyone considering doing an electronic engineering or mechanical engineering degree. It gives you a taste of what to expect and prepares you for study.

*Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2013/14  

 

More courses like this:

Electronic Engineering BEng degree

Electronic Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) BEng MEng degree

Foundation Year in Computing 

Mechanical Engineering BEng degree

Mechanical Engineering MEng degree

Mechatronics MEng degree

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  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: H108

Duration: One year full-time

Fees and funding: £9,000

EU Students: Find out about student loan information, the LoveEU bundle and scholarships for 2016.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: H108

Duration: One year full-time

Fees and funding: £12,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70. 

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

2016 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 120 UCAS points from at least one A-level or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at PPP or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE course. English and Mathematics GCSEs required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points

Portfolio Required: No 

Interview Required:  No

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

2017 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 48 UCAS points from at least one A-level or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at PPP or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE course. English and Mathematics GCSEs required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points

Portfolio Required: No 

Interview Required:  No 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

 

  • Quantitative Methods – this module develops the mathematical techniques necessary for the study of engineering. It will provide you with knowledge of mathematical theories and concepts, and application of these concepts
  • Engineering Applications – this module will introduce you to basic laws of physics and how to apply them to engineering problems. It will give you a clear understanding of basic analytical principles of mechanical and electrical engineering
  • ICT and Business Practice – this module comprises of two parts. In the ICT part, you will learn how to use spreadsheets to find solutions to engineering problems, create reports, use of HTML for web page design and an introduction to MATLAB software. In the business part, you will study elements of business analysis such as basic finance, aspects of human resource and project management useful for engineering relevant to foundation level
  • Design and Technology – this module will introduce you to basic design principles. You will also be introduced to an industry-standard CAD software package to create 3D solid models relevant to foundation level.

A variety of teaching techniques are used, including lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes. The course is taught by expert staff with many years of experience in teaching students who may find Mathematics and physics difficult. Help and support is always available and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and understand new concepts.

This is complemented by specialist labs in material sciences, dynamics, and control and design.

Continuous assessment forms a major part of the course. You will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 20 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.

 

Facilities and features

Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

The main mechanical laboratory is a large open-plan space designed to accommodate the study of thermo-fluids, solid mechanics and dynamics. It also has an area with machine tools for manufacture of student designs.

There is a purpose built engine testing facility with full instrumentation to measure engine performance and emissions. This facility is normally used by our final year engineering and research students. Typical student projects include running the engine with alternative fuels such as bio-fuels and water-in-diesel emulsified fuels to improve performance and emission characteristics.

Electronics Engineering Laboratory

Electrical and Electronic experimental facilities are divided into five main areas: general electronics and assembly, digital electronics and microprocessor engineering, power electronics, control systems and communications engineering. Each facility is equipped with state-of-the-art experimental equipment appropriate to the corresponding areas of study and research. An additional CAD design suite shared with the Mechanical and Design programmes provides access to computing facilities with specialist electronics CAD tools including Microsoft Office, OrCAD and PSpice.

A specialised area incorporating a spacious radio frequency reverberation chamber and Faraday cage allows for experimentation in radio frequency engineering and electromagnetics, while our digital design suite is equipped with the latest 8 and 32-bit embedded microprocessor platforms together with high speed programmable logic development environments. Power generation and conversion, industrial process control and embedded drives are provided while our communications laboratory is additionally equipped for R.F. engineering.

Library and Learning Zones

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

Upon successful completion of Engineering Year Zero you can progress to the first year of our Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)Mechatronics BEng (Hons) or  Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons). After completing your choice of the full BEng (Hons) engineering course you can choose to continue with further study to a masters level programme or pursue a career in your preferred field of engineering.

Students who complete this programme can also join the Physics BSc (Hons) undergraduate programme at DMU.

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#DMUGlobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

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DMU Racing

DMU Racing is a student team that speaks to the passion and creativity of the student body. Each year DMU Racing takes part in the Formula Student competition.

Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Formula Student challenges universities from across the world to design, build and race a single seat racing car in one year. The cars are then judged on their speed, acceleration, handling and endurance, while the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills. 

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