BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (with Foundation Year)

Course details



Year of entry

2023, 2024


4 YRS (FT)

UCAS Tariff


Institution Code




Course Highlights

Industry experienced

teaching team

Strong links

with the industries such as Airbus, Raytheon and JCB


to rapid prototyping facilities, specialist manufacturing systems and industry relevant software

Why choose? this course?

The Mechanical Engineering degree provides the opportunity to combine practical aspects of day-to-day engineering and simulation-based projects providing a solid background for a career in the engineering and manufacturing industry sector.

The graduates from the degree will:

  • be pragmatic, taking a systematic approach and the logical and practical steps necessary for often complex concepts to become reality.
  • seek to achieve sustainable solutions to problems and have strategies for being creative, innovative, and overcoming difficulties by employing their skills, knowledge and understanding in a flexible manner.
  • be skilled at solving problems by applying their numerical, computational, analytical, and technical skills, using appropriate tools.
  • be risk, cost and value-conscious, and aware of their ethical, social, cultural, environmental, health and safety, and wider professional responsibilities.
  • be familiar with the nature of business and enterprise in the creation of economic and social value appreciate the global dimensions of engineering, commerce, and communication;
  • be able to formulate and operate within appropriate codes of conduct, when faced with an ethical issue.
  • be professional in their outlook, be capable of team working, be effective communicators, and be able to exercise responsibility and sound management approaches.

You will have opportunity to transfer to an integrated-master’s degree course MEng Mechanical Engineering at the end of your year 3 (level 5) study.

You can also choose to study this degree without a foundation year BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (3 years) or with Industrial Placement year BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Placement (4 years)

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Key course features

  • Includes a foundation year to prepare you for university-level study.
  • You will be taught by a dedicated teaching team, with extensive industrial experience.
  • Up-to-date teaching facilities including manufacturing facilities for Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining, 3D printing/laser scanner and programme specific labs. 
  • Advanced Composite Training and Development Centre based in Broughton.
  • Rapid prototyping facility and specialist manufacturing systems simulation software.
  • Access to cutting edge computer-aided design, analysis and simulation software, including ANSYS, Abaqus, MATLAB and Simulink, etc.

What you will study

YEAR 1 (Foundation Year)

The foundation year provides a grounding in all aspects of engineering and design in order to prepare you for further years of study.


  • Analytical Methods for Engineering
  • The Skills You Need
  • Design and Technology
  • Mechanical Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Science
  • Contextual Studies

YEAR 2 (level 4)

You will develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts, principles and theories in engineering. Acquire basic mathematic skills related to engineering and design problems. Use CAD for engineering design. Competence of working safely in engineering laboratories and workshops, and being able to conduct laboratory procedures, measurement and workshop practices under the guidance of a tutor.


  • Introduction to Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Science
  • CAD and Production Science
  • Materials and Environment
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Professional Development
  • Mechanical Systems 

YEAR 3 (level 5)


You will build on the knowledge, concepts and skills acquired at level 4 in addition to more specialist knowledge, skills in engineering design and analysis. More in depth in theories in mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, machine design, computer aided manufacturing, structures and finite element analysis, etc. Develop understanding in business and research methods.

  • Engineering Futures – Research, Ethics, and Sustainability
  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics 
  • Further Engineering Mathematics
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • Mechanics, Structures & FEA
  • Machine Design and Manufacturing

YEAR 4 (level 6)

You will acquire a critical understanding and application of the high-level concepts, principles and theories in engineering as well as a critical understanding and explanation of advanced topics in engineering design and manufacturing, machine and production systems. Use knowledge and skills acquired to do an individual project.


  • Project (Honours)
  • Mechanical Engineering Modelling & Simulation
  • Machine and Production System
  • Advanced Engineering Design and Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Systems and Sustainable Engineering  (optional)
  • Professional Engineering (optional)

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

Our general requirement for the foundation year is UCAS tariff points of 48-72 but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications, as well as motivation and potential to succeed.

Teaching & Assessment

Wrexham University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential. An open and friendly atmosphere enhances the students’ learning experience. Strong links to local, national, and international companies ensure teaching is industry relevant and provides students with the best possible starting point into their engineering career paths taking on key roles in industry and public services.


We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments.

Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

The degree will develop your intellectual and practical skills to meet the future needs of a rapidly changing technology and business environment. As well as continuing your professional development, the course prepares you for a career as a professional Engineer in industry, in roles such as:

  • Design Engineer
  • Automation Software Engineer
  • Test and Calibration Engineer
  • Commissioning Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Quality Control
  • Maintenance Management
  • Production Management
  • A management role in the industry

Past students work for globally known companies, such as Rolls-Royce Derby, Airbus, Bentley Motors.

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham University’s tuition fees for 2023/24 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are £9000 per year.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the FAQs.


If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.


If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section