The Foundation Degree (FdEng) provides a solid foundation in general engineering science and mathematics, with specialisms in mechanical, electrical and manufacturing engineering.
Validated by Sheffield Hallam University, this two-year programme has been designed in consultation with a number of employers who have expressed a need for engineering technicians to have specialist knowledge and an appreciation of the challenges across the various engineering disciplines.
The FdEng programme provides the opportunity for progression from Level 3 courses such as the BTEC National Certificate to an honours degree in Engineering.
We offer two routes to achieve this qualification:
The programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council and hence the course will partly meet the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.
This programme is delivered at our Roundhouse Campus in the award-winning vocational skills centre packed with the latest industry-standard scientific and mechanical equipment – from rapid prototyping to robotics, CAD to electronics.
It is delivered as a series of modules that cover the major themes in engineering. Each module will constitute 1.5 hours per week for 36 weeks per year. Our module lecturing teams combine both academic and industrial experience.
As well as nine hours spent in College, it is expected that the student will equal this time working outside the College on assessments, research, revision and other learning activities.
The programme is regulated by OfS and the qualification is awarded by Sheffield Hallam University.
In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will seek to mitigate risks to health by applying social distancing and other government guidelines and continuing to respond to the changing public health situation through appropriate changes to our courses, services and facilities. Where official guidance or concerns for the health of students and staff demand it, we will review our approach.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues.
For day release applicants, you will need to be employed and have permission from your employer to undertake this programme.
You should have one of the following:
You will also need:
Students with an Edexcel BTEC Higher National Certificate - or an equivalent qualification in an appropriate engineering discipline - may be eligible to join the second year of the part-time programme.
We also welcome applicants who lack traditional academic qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
All applicants are subject to approval by Sheffield Hallam University.
You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course.
There are three pathways available on the FdEng Integrated Engineering (namely Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing), each comprising a range of specialist and core modules:
Year 1 (all pathways):
Each module has a different approach to assessment, optimised for the materials studied and skills acquired. There is a common theme of high quality presentation, referenced research and in-depth analysis that runs through all assessments, be they examinations, seminars, coursework or laboratory reports.
The intensity of the programme means that any prospective student must be able to make the commitment to study extensively outside of normal College hours.
The programme is strongly vocational and aims to develop engineers who have both academic and problem-solving skills in combination with work-based vocational skills.
Students may take up a career in the development and maintenance of manufacturing process plant, the design and build of mechanical or electrical components, or the modelling of complex engineering systems to develop improved systems.
Upon successful completion of the programme, you can progress to the top-up BEng programme at Derby College to gain the full honours degree. Alternatively, Sheffield Hallam University will accept you on their top-up programme.
The offer made by the University will be subject to:
• successful completion of the Foundation Degree programme, including satisfying performance attainment requirements where specified
• submission of a satisfactory personal statement and reference
• meeting the University’s literacy and numeracy requirements
• satisfying any additional specific course requirements for entry to the designated progression route which may include successful attendance at an interview or selection event, successful completion of associated bridging studies or any non-academic conditions.
Offers are made subject to the availability of courses and the University Terms and Conditions (http://students.shu.ac.uk/rightsrules/17.html)
Taking an engineering course at Derby College Group marked the beginning of a whole new voyage of discovery for naval engineer Declan Clarke-Hancock.
After leaving Littleover Community School, Declan enrolled on the full-time performing engineering operations level 2 course at The Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills college.
Now aged 25, he is a third electro-technical officer (ETO) on the cruise ship Sapphire Princess and is seeing the world while doing an engineering job he loves.
Getting to where he is now hasn’t always been plain sailing though. The Derbyshire firm where Declan took a level 3 electrical apprenticeship closed just as he qualified. Unsure of what to do next, he was looking for a local job as an electrician when he spotted a cadetship opportunity with Princess Cruises.
After attending maritime college in Southampton, as well as training for months at sea, Declan then had to pass difficult Maritime and Coastguard Agency exams before taking up his current role.
Declan started as an ETO in May 2019 and is responsible for the 110,000-ton ship’s electrical and electronics, including looking after her 35 elevators, watertight doors and lifeboats.
Declan said: “Going to Derby College definitely gave me the step up I needed. Without that I wouldn’t have got where I am now so I’m very thankful. I’d like to come back to college and talk to engineering students about my experiences. I want to show them where studying engineering at the Roundhouse can lead – and that they don’t necessarily have to stay in Derby or the East Midlands when they qualify. The right qualifications can take them anywhere.”
Declan has already had many memorable travel experiences through his job. Highlights include kayaking and dog sled riding in an Alaskan glacier, watching England play football in the World Cup in St Petersburg and visiting New York.
Going to Derby College definitely gave me the step up I needed.