Student profiles

The wide range of the Science and Engineering Foundation Year programmes ensures that you are able to study your chosen discipline.


These student testimonials reveal why they applied to study the foundation year, their favourite parts of the course, their learning outcomes and their future career aspirations.

Aerospace Engineering

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Foundation Year helped me to learn good exam technique

Aiden Jefferson MEng Aerospace Engineering with a Year in North America

Aiden undertook the Foundation year after a few years out of education to prepare him for a degree in Aerospace Engineering

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Our class was diverse in age, educational background and nationality

Vaiva Zokaite MEng Aerospace Engineering with Private Pilot Instruction

Vaiva particularly liked the diversity of the course's content and participants.


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Being a second year biomedical engineering student now, I am very glad I did the extra year

Beatrice Schulz Biomedical Engineering MEng

The Foundation Year prepared Beatrice for her degree and beyond.

Chemical Engineering

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A friend directed me towards the course and as I didn’t have the correct A Levels

Chinwe Mofunanya MEng Chemical Engineering

Chinwe found the Foundation Year was an excellent way to prepare herself for her MEng

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The course re-caps all necessary material to bring your maths back up to speed

Sion Griffiths MEng Chemical Engineering

Sion took a foundation year to consolidate the knowledge he gained during his A Levels.

Civil and Structural Engineering

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The Foundation Year was very useful and provided a great introduction to university life

William MacDonald-Lowe MEng Civil and Structural Engineering

Following a placement with Rolls Royce, William decided he wanted to pursue a career in engineering.

Computer Science

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By the time Year 1 rolled around, I already had one year of experience under my belt

Luca Del Basso BSc Computer Science with a Year in Industry

Luca particularly found the foundation group assignment helped him develop his teamwork skills and time management.

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One of the biggest learning points for me was the style of teaching at University

Michael Gardiner MComp Computer Science

The Foundation Year equipped Michael to confidently go into his first year of study.

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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Foundation year students have access to all university facilities

Arthur Loukes MEng Electronic Engineering with a Year in Industry

The Foundation Year course gave Arthur an accessible pathway into his first-choice university.

Mechanical Engineering

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The Foundation Year programme at Sheffield stood out as the best

Marton Szabo MEng Mechanical Engineering

After studying in Switzerland, Marton came to Sheffield to study for his foundation year.

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I learned the importance of working throughout a semester

Patrick Appelqvist MEng Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry

Patrick found that the weekly labs and lab reports really prepared him for first year.


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I was considering changing my career path to study something that my grades allowed

Rayna Bocheva MPhys Physics

After finding out her grades, Rayna was considering a career change, but the Foundation Year gave her a way to pursue the subject she's passionate about

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The Foundation Year is an amazing year to learn new skills

Emily Clark MPhys Physics and Astrophysics

Emily found that her foundation year equipped her with degree-level skills.

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International Merit Scholarships

We offer a generous package of financial support for international students including 75 undergraduate scholarships worth £10,000 towards the annual tuition fee and 125 postgraduate taught scholarships worth £5,000 towards the tuition fee. Applications are now open for existing offer holders.