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Extended Degree Programme Engineering and Mathematics

(preparatory year)

Gain the knowledge you need to study engineering, mathematics or physics at degree level.

Course length 1 Year
Location City Campus
UCAS HG11 Course code

Course description

If you do not have the usual A level or equivalent qualifications, successfully completing this one-year course allows you to continue on to an engineering or mathematics degree.

It is ideal for
• mature students who have been out of education for some time or do not have relevant qualifications
• school leavers with A levels or equivalent qualifications that do not include mathematics.

What you study
You study mathematics, basic engineering principles and associated subjects, including
• mathematics relevant to engineering
• physics relevant to engineering
• materials science
• practical applications of engineering or mathematics.

You are taught and assessed using techniques that are used on the degree courses, such as assignments, lab exercises, individual and group presentations and formal examinations. This helps you to prepare for the transition to a degree course.

Teaching methods include classes in small tutor groups, large lectures with all students together, and practical investigations.

What this course leads to
If you successfully complete this year, you can move on to a place on one of our specialised engineering degrees or on the BSc (Honours) Mathematics degree.

Engineering degrees include
• food engineering
• aerospace
• mechanical engineering
• electrical and electronic engineering
• materials engineering
• automotive engineering
• computer and network engineering
• chemical engineering
• physics

This course can also lead to acceptance on to our BSc (Honours) Secondary Education in Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status, subject to relevant work experience and successful interview.

You follow the extended degree with three or four years of academic study on your chosen degree, plus an optional one year industrial training placement. Details of the placement are in the course entry for individual degree courses.

As the extended degree is part of an engineering or mathematics degree, you can claim the normal student support from your local education authority.

We teach this course in partnership with Sheffield College. The majority of teaching takes place at our City Campus, with some teaching at Sheffield College.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally five GCSE passes at grade C or Grade 4 or above including mathematics, science and English language plus,

• 80 UCAS points including at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC qualifications. A maximum of one AS level can be counted towards meeting the points total. We accept General studies.


• 64 UCAS points from three A levels including at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC qualifications.We accept General studies

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

We may also accept you, if you have no formal qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying mathematics.

We treat the foundation year as part of the mathematical sciences degree programme. Offers made to students will be for four years of study (or five years of study including a placement). This is made up of the foundation year plus one of our mathematical science degrees.

Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations.

UK students may be able to claim financial support for the course.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

First year of a full-time four year degree (or five years with one year work placement)

Typical modules may include

Core modules

• foundation mathematics 1 • fundamental engineering principles • fundamentals of materials and manufacturing • electrical and electronic principles • foundation maths 2


One from • mathematical investigations • engineering investigations

  • coursework
  • practical lab sessions
  • mathematical investigations
  • short tests
  • project
  • group work
  • examinations


This year prepares you for a range of engineering degree courses that develop your personal and specialist skills, which you can apply to engineering and technology associated industries.

Our mathematics graduates have gone on to various careers, including working as researchers here at Sheffield Hallam, as well as at Loughborough and Sheffield Universities, researching areas such as • wound healing • black holes • fluid flow.

You can also go into more general employment using your analytical and numerical skills.


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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