Foundation Certificate for Petroleum Engineering

A guaranteed progression route to petroleum, chemical or mechanical engineering bachelor’s degrees, taught at our International College in Nottingham.

Study at a top engineering university in the UK

When you successfully complete the Foundation Certificate you are guaranteed a place on a range of top engineering degrees. When you apply to us, you will choose between:

The degrees

Progress to one of three undergraduate degrees at the University of Aberdeen:

Each of the degrees are four-year honours degrees that teach you the principles of engineering before allowing you to develop the specialised skills needed to succeed in your chosen engineering field. Throughout your studies you will be exposed to world-class teaching and research at the University’s award-winning Integrated Engineering School.

In your first year you will cover fundamental subjects such as Principles of Electronics and Fundamentals of Engineering Materials, then depending on your degree you will develop your knowledge and skills in fields such as Stress Analysis; Petroleum Geology and Reservoir Characterisation; as well as Chemical Reaction Engineering. In your final year you can undertake an independent engineering project that allows you specialise further.

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The University

The historic University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495 and is the 5th oldest university in the UK. Located in the centre of the UK’s oil and gas industry in the Scottish city of Aberdeen, the University is perfectly placed for students to take advantage of work experience and career opportunities.

The degree

The Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) prepares you for a successful career in the challenging petro-chemical industry. The degree helps you to develop comprehensive knowledge of key subject areas, including Structural Mechanics and Control, Engineering Design and Drilling Oil and Gas wells.

Students can also choose to enhance their career prospects even further by extending their degree to a fourth year to take an industrial placement.

The University of Salford

The University

The University of Salford is a colourful and forward-looking institution with over 20,000 students, more than 3,000 of which are from overseas. Located in North West England, the University is just 3km from Manchester – one of Europe’s major cities.


Three steps to starting your degree in petroleum engineering

1) Apply to the Foundation Certificate for Petroleum Engineering and choose which university you want to progress to after your studies.
2) Study the Foundation Certificate at our popular International College in Nottingham
3) Progress to your chosen university and start your degree course!

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Course details

The Foundation Certificate for Petroleum Engineering equips international students with a range of subject-related knowledge and skills, English language capabilities and higher level study skills. The course allows students to become independent, self-directed learners and achieve the necessary academic standards to progress to a range of engineering-related degrees at a UK university.

The Foundation Certificate for Petroleum Engineering consists of seven credit-bearing modules. Six modules of 12 credits each and one of 8 credits.

Core modules:

  • Language for Study 2 (0 credits)
  • Language for Study 3 (8 credits)
  • Skills for Study 1 (0 credits)
  • Skills for Study 2 (12 credits)
  • Skills for Study 3 (12 credits)
  • Foundation Mathematics (12 credits)
  • Applied Mathematics (12 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Science (12 credits)
  • Basic Engineering (12 credits)

Additional modules for 3 term (Language) course:

  • Language for Study 1 (0 credits)

Additional modules for 3 term (enhancement) course:

  • Personal Development and Pre-Study Skills (0 credits)
  • Introduction to British Society and Culture (0 credits)
  • Preparatory Mathematics and Information Communication Technology (0 credits)

The course provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

1. Explain the basic nature of the three states of matter and describe the basic structure, properties and composition of organic chemical compounds;
2. Identify the characteristics and relative positions of different elements in the periodic table;
3. Explain the basic forces and bonds of different states of matter and predict the properties of simple substances when intermolecular forces are known;
4. Recognise different forms of energy, define energy change and understand electrode potential;
5. Describe the role and importance of water and carbon in biological and chemical systems;
6. Recognise the reaction mechanism and transition state of inorganic and organic chemicals under a range of different reaction conditions;
7. Apply concepts of algebra, trigonometry and calculus;
8. Manipulate mathematical expressions and solve linear and quadratic and cubic equations and inequalities;
9. Find stationary points of polynomials;
10. Solve equations and inequalities involving trigonometric function, exponentials and logarithms; prove trigonometric identities;
11. Sketch graphs of rational, trigonometric and exponential functions;
12. Find stationary points of a variety of curves;
13. Calculate an area bounded by curves;
14. Apply equilibrium conditions and friction conditions in simple mechanical systems to model systems of forces and moments;
15. Apply the governing equations of particle kinematics to perform kinematic and dynamic analysis for 2D mechanisms;
16. Apply knowledge of the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics to an analysis of various heat engines;
17. Understand the basic concept of ‘fluid’, specific fluid properties, concept of buoyancy and Bernoulli’s principles of fluid flow;
18. Understand the structure of metals, polymers and ceramics, factors which determine the appropriate criteria for material selection, the underlying physics of elastic and plastic deformation of metals, yield criteria and the mechanics of tensile tests, the difference between strength, stiffness and toughness;
19. Using basic concepts of the digital electronics and AND, OR and XOR expressions to analyse and design simple combinational logic circuits.

The University of Aberdeen

Students enter Year 2 of the degree.

  • Overall Foundation Certificate grade 55%, with 60% in FC020 (Applied Maths)
  • Overall English 60%

The University of Salford

  • Overall Foundation Certificate grade 55%.
  • Overall English grade 60% (no lower than 55% in two components)
1. Choose effective and safe laboratory procedures, selecting appropriate apparatus, with due regard to provision of measurement, scale of precision of measurement and the control of variables;
2. Demonstrate the use of logbooks to accurately record and present data, using graphs and tables;
3. Operate the English language skills of:

a) reading for information, attitude and evaluation;
b) listening with confidence to a wide range of dialogue and monologue;
c) understanding and controlling the writing process applicable to a variety of academic writing texts and situations;
d) speaking accurately, coherently and appropriately on a variety of complex topics;

4. Analyse and critically evaluate numerical data;
5. Understand how to prepare academic writing, how to use other people’s work without plagiarising, how to log information sources and compile biographies, and how to take notes effectively;
6. Apply problem-solving and critical thinking skills within their academic context, developing into an independent learner.

1. Retrieve paper-based and electronic information from a variety of sources
2. Make effective use of IT facilities, using software packages and the Internet
3. Demonstrate numeracy skills
4. Manage resources and time
5. Work and learn independently
6. Work as a member of a team
7. Communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.

Our dedicated team of expert tutors in Nottingham will offer you one-to-one tuition and help you develop not only academic qualifications to rival the best, but also personal, communication and teamwork skills to make you an all-round achiever in whatever you choose to do.

When you successfully complete the Foundation Certificate to the required level, you will be guaranteed a place on your chosen degree.

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