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Help me choose between a foundation year and direct entry!!!

Is it better to take a foundation year at Queen Mary or go to a lower-ranking university like Brunel and try for the second year to attempt to transfer to a better university? (Brunel University - Mechanical Engineering BEng or Engineering Foundation Year at Queen Mary?)
Reply 1
The purpose of the Russell Group is to promote its members and direct research funds in their direction. It is not a measure of the quality of instruction, and it excludes from its ranks two of the nation's top universities, Bath and St. Andrews.

Fortunately, mechanical engineering isn't one of those professions where the university you attend matters because of elitism and prejudice.

Choose a university that offers direct admission into the first year and skip the foundation year. Examine the course material to determine what is taught and how, in order to determine which would best suit your learning preferences and areas of interest.

Take into account the possibility of gaining practical experience if any of them are offered. (A foundation year at Queen Mary would not be nearly as relevant to prospective employers as a placement year elsewhere.)
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Reply 2
Original post by user8420
The purpose of the Russell Group is to promote its members and direct research funds in their direction. It is not a measure of the quality of instruction, and it excludes from its ranks two of the nation's top universities, Bath and St. Andrews.
Fortunately, mechanical engineering isn't one of those professions where the university you attend matters because of elitism and prejudice.
Choose a university that offers direct admission into the first year and skip the foundation year. Examine the course material to determine what is taught and how, in order to determine which would best suit your learning preferences and areas of interest.
Take into account the possibility of gaining practical experience if any of them are offered. (A foundation year at Queen Mary would not be nearly as relevant to prospective employers as a placement year elsewhere.)


Thank you for the detailed response. This issue has been bothering me for some time.

My grades are actually not bad. I am an international student from Bangladesh and completed the HSC (Higher Secondary Certificate), which is roughly equivalent to A-Levels. I achieved a GPA of 5.00 out of 5.00 in all subjects, with 86% marks in physics and higher math. This is considered excellent in Bangladesh.

However, from my research, I found that most universities in the UK do not accept HSC qualifications and usually recommend a foundation year. Is there any alternative? I am willing to take additional exams, as I am keen to attend a well-regarded university in the UK.
Original post by ShiamRahman
Is it better to take a foundation year at Queen Mary or go to a lower-ranking university like Brunel and try for the second year to attempt to transfer to a better university? (Brunel University - Mechanical Engineering BEng or Engineering Foundation Year at Queen Mary?)


Hi!

Brunel has state-of-the-art teaching facilities for the Mechanical Engineering BEng. Facilities include flight simulators and the Brunel Motorsport Centre. You also have a really cool option to join the student racing team and compete in the annual Formula Student and Isle of Man TT competitions which is so cool!

The Brunel degree will give you the specialist knowledge and skills needed to get started on a lucrative career, it’s also a great campus with a community feel and a quick train ride into central London!

Good luck with your search and let me know if you have any questions!

Sophie
Brunel London Student Rep
Original post by ShiamRahman
Is it better to take a foundation year at Queen Mary or go to a lower-ranking university like Brunel and try for the second year to attempt to transfer to a better university? (Brunel University - Mechanical Engineering BEng or Engineering Foundation Year at Queen Mary?)

I'd go for Brunel. I wouldn't say that Queen Mary is better than Brunel for engineering.
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Original post by ShiamRahman
Is it better to take a foundation year at Queen Mary or go to a lower-ranking university like Brunel and try for the second year to attempt to transfer to a better university? (Brunel University - Mechanical Engineering BEng or Engineering Foundation Year at Queen Mary?)


Brunel is great for engineering, extending your studies with an extra year isn’t worth.

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