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Engineering and Science Foundation

Key information

Start dates:
9 September 2019, 6 January and 7 September 2020
Course length:
3 terms (9 months), September–June or January–July
Class size range:
Average of 21 hours per week plus extensive private study

Entry requirements

Completion of 11-12 years of schooling
IELTS 5.0 or equivalent
Minimum age:

Sample pathways for the Engineering and Science Foundation

Sample pathways for the Engineering and Science Foundation at Kings

The course

This course is designed for students who want to apply to study an engineering or science degree at a UK university. Core modules are combined with specialist modules intended to give science and engineering students the subject specific knowledge they require in preparation for university. 


Students are regularly assessed.

Term 1 assessment counts for 30%

Term 2 assessment counts for 35%

Term 3 assessment counts for 35%

Educational visits

As part of the Engineering and Science Foundation programme, students are accompanied on regular visits to places and events relevant to their studies.

Examples of places visited include:

  • Google Science Fair
  • Oxford University laboratory visit
  • The Royal Society Summer Science exhibition
  • BMW Factory
  • Big Bang London
  • The Engineer and Science Show

From Kings Life

Physics students from Kings Oxford were invited to attend the 17th Hintze Lecture at the Department of Physics, University of Oxford. Physics teacher Latoya van der Meer reports back.

Read the full article on Kings Life

Course structure and content

The Foundation is based on A-level syllabuses, taught by A-level teachers, assessed against A-levels, and moderated by an independent Advisory Board of external examiners. As such, it is one of the most highly academic and successful pathways to the UK’s leading universities. The course runs for a full academic year. Students can start in September and finish in June, or start January and finish in July. Both start dates will take them on to university in September. There are three terms per year. 

Core modules (compulsory)

  • Data handling and IT 
  • Communication and study skills

Engineering and Science modules (compulsory)


Term 1

  • Basic Algebra and Quadratic Functions
  • Equations and Inequalities
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Curve Sketching
  • Binomial Theorem
  • More Algebra and Functions
  • Graphs of Trigonometric Functions
  • Sequences and Series
  • Trigonometric Identities and Equations
  • Vectors

Term 2

  • Differentiation 1
  • Integration 1
  • Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • Algebraic Functions and Partial Fractions
  • Sequences and Series
  • Radian Measure

Term 3

  • Trigonometry
  • Further Trigonometric Identities
  • Differentiation 2
  • Integration 2

Mechanics in Term 3

  • Modelling
  • Constant acceleration
  • Forces and Motion
  • Variable acceleration
  • Moments
  • Forces and friction
  • Application of forces

Additional modules (elective) 

Depending on their intended university degree, students on the Engineering and Sciences Foundation will choose three of the following elective modules:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Further Maths