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Preliminary Engineering

This is a 1-year programme that serves as a qualifying year for students seeking to access our 3-year BSc engineering programmes. The existing BSc. Engineering programmes have a minimum entry requirement of passes in CAPE mathematics and physics (or equivalent). Students who do not meet this requirement will now have the opportunity for admissions to the preliminary year. This preliminary year allow students from any country to access our engineering programmes. It creates a pathway for students from non-traditional educational background, such as City and Guilds.

At this preliminary level, students are required to register for 30 credits of courses across two semesters. These courses will facilitate the development of competences in mathematics, sciences, laboratory skills, technical writing, along with exposure to softer skills via electives from social sciences and humanities. The credits for these courses will not be added to any of the BSc Engineering programmes in The UWI and will only serve to qualify students for access to the BSc engineering programmes. 

Programme Objective

The overall aims of this preliminary engineering programme are to:

  • provide a programme structure that allows students to qualify for transition into any of the BSc engineering programmes within The UWI;
  • provide the requisite foundation in mathematics, sciences, laboratory techniques and communication skills that are required for a beginner engineering student;
  • facilitate increased enrolment in engineering to meet the future needs of our industries.


The program's courses are separated into two semesters, click on the link for more details on the courses:

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Degree Outline

The Program Outline contains the information required for students to complete preliminary engineering. Click on the link for more details on the programme outline:

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Programme Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this preliminary engineering programme, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate the necessary skills and competencies for successful continuation into a BSc engineering programmes;
  • apply mathematics and science to solve basic engineering problems;
  • use computers and various software packages to design and test simple engineering formulations;
  • write simple technical reports and make effective presentations.

Tuition and Requirements


Minimum entry requirement to the preliminary engineering programme are:

  • Passes in at least 5 CXC CSECs, or 5 GCESO, or 5 IB all including mathematics, English A, physics (or electrical technology) and any other two subjects; or
  • Certificate or Diploma in City & Guilds engineering examinations; or
  • Relevant high schools and SAT passes from international institutions, or
  • Relevant passes in ‘Gaokao’ (China’s National College Entrance Examination) examination, or
  • Passes in relevant college entry exams from other countries.


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