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how competitive are foundation years for engineering?
anyone done it at Leicester?
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Well engineering itself is pretty noncompetitive and foundation years are even less competitive.
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Well engineering itself is pretty noncompetitive
It isnt competitive? maybe at low level universities it isn't. but Im pretty sure at top ones like oxbridge, bath, bristol it is.
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It isnt competitive? maybe at low level universities it isn't. but Im pretty sure at top ones like oxbridge, bath, bristol it is.
Maybe at Oxbridge and Imperial but otherwise not at all even at places like Bristol, Surrey, Soon, etc., as long as you have the grades or even one grade less they'll happily let you in, they don't care about PS or additional test scores or an interview which I'd say are the real marks of competitiveness. Even at Oxbridge and Imperial the competition is fairly artificial and if you get the grades you're pretty much in.
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I did a foundation year at Sheffield, the entry requirements were pretty low even though it's up there for Mech Eng, and from there it's straight on to the actual degree. There were maybe 40 of us in total across all disciplines of engineering, so I wouldn't say it's competitive at all. Definitely go for it if your A-Level subjects don't match up to get into the course directly
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(Original post by Helloworld_95)
Maybe at Oxbridge and Imperial but otherwise not at all even at places like Bristol, Surrey, Soon, etc., as long as you have the grades or even one grade less they'll happily let you in, they don't care about PS or additional test scores or an interview which I'd say are the real marks of competitiveness. Even at Oxbridge and Imperial the competition is fairly artificial and if you get the grades you're pretty much in.
40% offer rate at Imperial iirc.

But I'd say Oxbridge is definitely not artificially competitive, but actually competitive. Cambridge offer rate (not acceptances, but offers) this year is 18%

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I have a question. Can you apply to foundation year course at a university if you have the correct subjects,for example I want to study civil engineering but my a level(subjects maths physics chemistry) grades are low and plan to retake them so I apply for a foundation year, is this allowed by universities or is it only when you don't have the required a level subjects for a course you want to study.
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40% offer rate at Imperial iirc.

But I'd say Oxbridge is definitely not artificially competitive, but actually competitive. Cambridge offer rate (not acceptances, but offers) this year is 18%

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Looks like it's 23% based on the which website. I'd argue that offer % isn't the best way of showing competitiveness though as it doesn't take into account whether applicants met the grade requirements or not, and that will have quite an effect on unis which have international brand names like Imperial.

Their use of only a general engineering is what makes it artificially competitive as it severely restricts the number of places that can be offered in comparison to having multiple courses from the start.
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I have a question. Can you apply to foundation year course at a university if you have the correct subjects,for example I want to study civil engineering but my a level(subjects maths physics chemistry) grades are low and plan to retake them so I apply for a foundation year, is this allowed by universities or is it only when you don't have the required a level subjects for a course you want to study.
There are some foundation years which cater for that, not all though so you will need to check.
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Looks like it's 23% based on the which website. I'd argue that offer % isn't the best way of showing competitiveness though as it doesn't take into account whether applicants met the grade requirements or not, and that will have quite an effect on unis which have international brand names like Imperial.

Their use of only a general engineering is what makes it artificially competitive as it severely restricts the number of places that can be offered in comparison to having multiple courses from the start.
We are going off the Foundation topic, but at Cambridge Engineering is the 2nd largest dept (after NatSci). Having a general start doesn't limit the courses offered, the course range is wide and ends up specialised (if the student wants to be that) and fully accredited by IMechE, ICE, IET, etc as appropriate. There's effectively 9 specialisations.
http://teaching.eng.cam.ac.uk/conten...editation-meng

And in 2016 Cambridge had 2,344 applicants, 414 offers = 17.6% offer rate.
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