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 who aspire to become an engineer 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. Please review our Eligibility Criteria page to find out more. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

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What makes it so special?

  • You’ll gain the confidence and educational foundations needed to thrive as an undergraduate student. 
  • A 'wrap-around' support package will help you with everything from developing your study skills to caring for your wellbeing.
  • A 'buddy' scheme with a current, undergraduate student mentor will help you to feel connected.
  • Flexible timetabling designed to help you to succeed.
  • UCL is the 8th best university in the world and the 4th best university in both Europe and the UK  (QS World University Rankings 2022)
  • Based at our brand new, purpose-built, fully accessible UCL East campus, you’ll benefit from cutting edge facilities.
  • You'll be part of a community that is focused on using knowledge to bring about real world impact. 

Coming soon

Applications have closed for the 23/24 intake.  Applications will reopen later this year. Apply directly via UCAS. Search 'UCL Engineering Foundation'

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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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