A message to our offer-holders
Congratulations on becoming an offer-holder in our Integrated Foundation Year at The University of Manchester.
By choosing the Integrated Foundation Year at Manchester, you have taken the first steps in becoming fully prepared for degree-level study in engineering or the natural sciences at The University of Manchester.
The Integrated Foundation Year is specifically designed to prepare you for the first year on your chosen degree.
You'll have a guaranteed first-year place if you meet the specified criteria for your chosen department.
From teaching, facilities and accommodation, you'll have the same student experience as any other undergraduate.
We're the most targeted university by the nation's top graduate employers (The Graduate Market in 2023).
Our university has a rich academic history, with 25 Nobel laureates among our current and former staff and students.
Learning and support
Your learning experience
Learn more about academic skills units in the Foundation Year and why they are important to your learning.
George's foundation year
What is it actually like studying a Foundation Year? Listen to George’s experience in this video.
Support on your course
We're here for you, providing support every step of the way. From your own personal academic adviser, student communities and ways to look after your health and wellbeing.
Hear from Dr Sly, Head of Foundation Studies and Joanne Taylor, our Student Support Officer about the variety of student support offered when studying the Integrated Foundation Year.
Get ready to study
Preparing for your course
Getting ready to study at university is exciting but it can also be challenging.
To help you prepare and better understand what will be expected from you, we've outlined some useful things to know.
Our advice for anyone preparing to join us in September is to make sure you are confident in the mathematics, physics and (where applicable) chemistry that you have studied up to this point.
You can do this by looking at your existing notes or textbooks or by using your preferred online resources and videos.
The list below highlights the key 'prerequisite' knowledge that we expect all students to have when they join the Foundation Year:
- The meanings of basic terms such as; atoms, molecules, electrons, fluid, gas, vacuum etc.
- The meaning of quantities such as; speed, velocity, mass, force, pressure, volume, power, cross-sectional area, surface area, density (and the units used to measure them).
- Basic arithmetic, including fractions, indices and solving linear equations with one variable.
- Simple trigonometry, including trig functions and inverse functions and an understanding of which quadrants angles may lie in.
- How to interpret verbal information in mathematical form e.g. ‘Object A has mass ma which is 25% larger than the mass mb of object B; find a formula for mb in terms of ma.
- Work with simple functions, including being able to identify the domain and range.
- How to draw and interpret graphs of physical data and basic mathematical functions e.g. straight line, parabola, trig. and exponential functions.
- Formulae for the surface area and volume of simple shapes (cubes, cylinders, spheres and other shapes based on these - such as hemispheres etc.).
- Work with polynomials, including expanding brackets, factorising expressions and completing the square.
If you have studied Maths beyond GCSE, or if they were included in the curriculum of your previous maths qualifications, we would also expect a student to be able to:
- Work with logarithms and with logarithmic and exponential functions.
- Carry out simple differentiation and integration.
Here are some suggestions for online resources that you might find interesting. Resources range in difficulty, but don’t be deterred - many go well above what we would expect from a new Foundation Year student.
The Physics Girl YouTube channel creates content with a strong practical component, including home experiments, while also explaining the theory, in a very lively way.
PBS Space Time
PBS Space Time includes quite advanced content, but is entertaining and makes use of sophisticated animations, which help explain the concepts. The emphasis is on theoretical physics.
Steve Mould’s YouTube videos on various science topics, presented in an informal way.
3blue1brown has an emphasis on maths; often getting quite advanced, but presented with very effective animations.
Entertaining videos with a maths theme.
Careers and employability
Supporting your future
Our popular integrated foundation route has produced outstanding graduates across all of our science and engineering courses. Employers will recognise your determination to succeed, adaptability, analytical skills and independent thought.
You can also benefit from our award-winning Careers Service, which will support your first steps towards your dream job and a career for life.
VIDEO: Science alumni panel
Watch the recent science alumni panel where our alumni talk about their time studying at university and their careers since.
A great transition
Ahmed Omara found his Electrical, Electronic and Mechatronic Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year course to be a great transition from A Level to university study.
VIDEO: Engineering alumni panel
Watch the recent Engineering alumni panel where our alumni talk about their time studying at university and their careers since.