UCL Engineering


Engineering Foundation Year

Are you a creative, thoughtful and hard-working person who wants to engineer a better world? We are looking for students capable of succeeding in engineering but who may have faced obstacles or disruption to their education and learning.

Engineers use science to create practical solutions to problems. Robotics, spacecraft, skyscrapers, artificial intelligence (AI), medical innovations and computer chips all fall within the engineering field. In fact, engineers can make a difference to almost any sector or situation - could that be you? We'll help you to gain new knowledge, learn academic and study skills, and develop your confidence levels so you'll have what it takes to transform your life.

Who can apply?

The Engineering Foundation Year at UCL is for people from groups underrepresented at UCL who aspire to become engineers but do not meet the standard entry requirements for UCL’s undergraduate engineering degrees.

To apply for this exciting opportunity, applicants must meet a mixture of academic and non-academic eligibility criteria, and be deemed eligible by UCL Admissions for UK/home fee status. Please review our prospectus to find out more. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

 Watch the Engineering Foundation Year virtual open day for 2025 entry

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What makes it so special?

  • You’ll gain the confidence and educational foundations needed to thrive as an undergraduate student
  • Range of degrees available with Integrated Foundation Year, from Chemical Engineering to Computer Science - to which you are guaranteed admission upon passing the EFY
  • A 'wrap-around' support package will help you with everything, from developing your study and writing skills to caring for your wellbeing
  • A 'buddy' scheme with a current, undergraduate student mentor will help you to feel connected
  • UCL is the 9th best university in the world, 5th best university in Europe, and 4th in the UK  (QS World University Rankings 2024)
  • Project-based and hands on learning will be enhanced by purpose-built, fully accessible UCL East campus, with cutting-edge facilities
  • You'll be part of a community that is focused on using knowledge to bring about real world impact, reflected in how you will be taught

Applications for 2024 entry are now closed

The UCAS application deadline for 2024 entry has now passed.

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Studying engineering at UCL

Discover the range of jobs that qualified engineers do for a living and hear more from students about what studying engineering at UCL is like.

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Eligibility and How to Apply

Learn more about the entry requirements for the Engineering Foundation Year, as well as the application and selection process.

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What you will learn

Find out more about the science and maths content you will learn, group projects designed to solve real world problems, and the academic and professional skills you’ll gain.


Support for students

Our bespoke wraparound support package spans from mentoring, wellbeing support and a buddying scheme, to workshops, financial help and career advice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to the frequently asked questions for applicants applying to the UCL Engineering Foundation Year. 

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