Bachelor of Engineering (Flexible First Year)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Bachelor of Engineering Flexible First Year allows you to explore different engineering disciplines before deciding upon your ultimate course of study. You will undertake a common set of units of study and achieve minimum average results and grades before transferring to a stream. The Bachelor of Engineering may be undertaken and awarded in the following streams: Aeronautical (including Space); Biomedical; Chemical and Biomolecular; Civil (including Construction Management, Environmental, Geotechnical, Project Management, and Structures); Electrical (including Computer, Power, and Telecommunications); Mechanical (including Space); Mechatronic (including Space); and Software. In all streams, you will undertake a mandatory 10-12 week industry placement, plant and site visits, and enjoy opportunities for the development of significant professional relationships with industry partners.

Units of study

Units of study information for this degree

Full units of study list

Further course information

Study plan

The Bachelor of Engineering is undertaken full-time over four years. The Flexible First Year allows students to explore various areas of engineering study in Semester 1, to discover personal interests and strengths before transferring to a stream in Semester 2 or Semester 1 of second year. Students planning to enter the following streams enrol in the Flexible First Year program A: Aeronautical; Aeronautical (Space); Biomedical; Chemical and Biomolecular; Civil (all streams); Mechanical; and Mechanical (Space). Students planning to enter the following streams enrol in the Flexible First Year program B: Electrical (all streams); Mechatronic; Mechatronic (Space); Software; and Computer Science or Information Technology programs. First year students enrol in a minimum 48 credit points. A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points.

Progression rules

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies will monitor students for satisfactory progress towards the completion of the Bachelor of Engineering. In addition to the common triggers used to identify students not meeting academic progression requirements (as defined by the progression requirements of the Coursework Rule), students must pass any unit of study identified in the course resolutions as being critical to progression through the course.

Course opportunities

See other fields of Engineering.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduate opportunities not available for Bachelor of Engineering (Flexible First Year).

Further study

Flexible first year students transfer into a specialised field of engineering or information technology in 2nd year.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule.

Flexible Entry Scheme available for this degree http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/futurestudent/flexibleentry

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1, Physics and/or Chemistry. If you attempt engineering without this prior level of knowledge of Mathematics you may experience difficulty, so you are strongly advised to undertake an appropriate bridging course. Science assumed knowledge is flexible and should be related to the the final stream of Engineering that is chosen.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of September. Please note: this course is not offered in the July semester intake.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or (iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.