Engineering plays a central role in every aspect of our lives – from the built environment, electricity generation and transport networks to smartphones and bicycles. If you’re working in engineering-related employment at a technical level and would like to boost your career, this foundation degree is for you. A step up from a level 3 advanced apprenticeship, it combines academic skills with the needs of your workplace.
Key features of the course
- Applies the study of engineering fundamentals like energy, design, manufacturing, materials, mechanics and structural analysis, to the solution of real-life problems
- Develops your skills in mathematics which is key to the successful study of engineering
- Builds on your existing skills and experience from your current employment in engineering to support your professional development plans
- Includes a TWI route in materials fabrication for students who have recently completed a TWI welding diploma
- Builds a solid foundation for further study
A nationally recognised qualification in its own right, this foundation degree is also equivalent to the first two-thirds of an honours degree – see the Top-up Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Q78) for more information.
This foundation degree has two stages, each comprising 120 credits.
- In Stage 1 you’ll study four 30-credit core engineering modules – the last, of which, is work based.
- Next, in Stage 2, you’ll study two further 30-credit core engineering modules, followed by a 30-credit module.
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification; however, you’ll need some knowledge of mathematics, an interest in technology, and the ability to read and write to a good standard of English.
Skills for career development
There are many occupations in which engineering knowledge and skills are highly valued, and often essential. This foundation degree will help you develop and demonstrate a sound grasp of engineering principles, the ability to apply them, and an awareness of surrounding issues. It includes two work-based modules which guide you through activities and projects closely linked to your workplace. There’s a strong focus on professional development planning, and you’ll be well prepared for further study should you wish to progress to an honours degree.
Whatever field of engineering you currently work in, this course will enhance your career prospects. Qualified engineers are much in demand for their rigorous approach to the problem-solving and high level of numeracy – with opportunities in research, design and development, commissioning, project management, technical sales and marketing, technical journalism and patent work.
If you choose the TWI Materials fabrication route, this qualification will help you build on your existing expertise in welding by broadening your engineering knowledge and developing the intermediate technical and professional skills that are in demand from employers.
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Last updated January 19, 2018