The Foundation Degree in Integrated Engineering provides a solid foundation in general engineering science and mathematics, with specialisms in mechanical, electrical, and manufacturing engineering. The programme is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and the Office for Students and the qualification is awarded by Sheffield Hallam University.
Validated by Sheffield Hallam University, this two-year programme has been designed in consultation with local 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 Foundation Degree programme provides the opportunity for progression from Level 3 courses such as the BTEC Extended Diploma (following a further year’s study) to an honours degree in Engineering. The programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council and hence will partly meet the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.
The programme is generally offered as a day-release (1 day per week) programme for those already in the workplace, either as a standalone qualification or part of a higher apprenticeship. Delivery occurs at our Roundhouse Campus and students are generally on site for nine hours of class time for 36 weeks per year.
Over the two years, the programme is based upon 12 modules covering major topics relating to mechanical, electrical, or manufacturing engineering. Each module is worth 20 credits and 240 credits are required to achieve the Foundation Degree qualifications. In addition to the time spent in College, it is expected that at least the same amount of time is spent working outside the College on assessments, research, revision and other learning activities.
Further information about the Foundation Degree course can be obtained from the Engineering HE Team Manager.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and suitable pathway options. It is also advisable to be employed and have permission from your employer to undertake this programme of study.
You should have at least one of the following:
You will also need:
Students with a BTEC Higher National Certificate - or an equivalent qualification in an appropriate engineering discipline - may be eligible to join the second year of the Foundation Degree.
Applications are also welcomed from those 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 applications are subject to approval by Sheffield Hallam University and applicants must be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course.
The Foundation Degree in Integrated Engineering has three different pathways: Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing; each pathway comprises a range of core and specialist modules:
Year 1 Core Modules (All Pathways):
Module assessment is generally through a blend of coursework and examinations, with a weighting applied that is optimised for the materials studied and skills acquired. A common theme of high-quality presentation, referenced research and in-depth analysis runs through all forms of assessment, be it an examination, presentation, piece of coursework or laboratory report.
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 to ensure all assessment deadlines are met.
The programme aims to develop the academic and problem-solving skills of engineers so that they can be applied successfully in a vocational context.
Most students attending the course are employed in a junior engineering role and the course aims to further their career in such areas as the development and maintenance of manufacturing process plant, design and build of mechanical or electrical components, modelling of complex engineering systems or developing systems for process improvement.
Upon successful completion of the Foundation Degree, there is progression to the top-up BEng programme at the College to gain the full honours degree. Alternatively, Sheffield Hallam University will accept students on its top-up programme.
All offers made by Sheffield Hallam University will be subject to:
Offers are made subject to the availability of courses and the University Terms and Conditions.
Leaving home to take up an apprenticeship with a leading power engineering company is working out well for former Derby College level 3 welding student Effy Barabu.
Effy, who is 18 and from Derby, is now a welding apprentice at Doosan Babcock alongside four of his former fellow level 3 students from the College’s Ilkeston site.
He said: “To be taken on as an apprentice, we had to go to Doosan’s welding school in Tipton for trade tests. It was quite stressful – I was up at 5 o’clock in the morning to get there for 8am. All five of us passed and we’re now on an apprenticeship scheme with Doosan. It’s great. We’re training to be high integrity welders. It’s a skilled job and pays very well.”
His apprenticeship means having to live away from home – but Effy doesn’t mind – the new opportunity has broadened his horizons.
And all five former Ilkeston students were already good friends before they were accepted onto Doosan’s scheme so they’re happy to train and spend time together.
Effy added: “After my apprenticeship, I don’t mind where I go to work. I used to think I wanted to stay near home but that’s changed now. I’d happily go to London or Scotland – or even abroad. I’d tell people on my old course that you have to work hard and be prepared to make sacrifices, like staying away from home. But I’d say it’s all worth it. It’s all good. I’d definitely recommend taking an engineering course at Derby College – 100%!”
After my apprenticeship, I don’t mind where I go to work. I used to think I wanted to stay near home but that’s changed now. I’d happily go to London or Scotland – or even abroad. I’d tell people on my old course that you have to work hard and be prepared to make sacrifices, like staying away from home. But I’d say it’s all worth it. It’s all good. I’d definitely recommend taking an engineering course at Derby College – 100%!