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Level: 5

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 36

Hours: 9.00

Start: 14/09/2021

Days / Times: Tuesday 08:45 to 19:30

Tuition (£): 7500.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.

Entry requirements

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:

  • At least one GCE A-level pass in a relevant scientific / technology subject; two AS Level passes are considered equivalent to one A-level pass.
  • A Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in a science or technology-based subject, preferably including Further Maths
  • A pass in the Access to HE Diploma in Engineering course, or other suitable science / technology-based Foundation or Access programme containing an appropriate level of mathematics, with an overall average mark of at least 40%. 
  • A qualification which is deemed to be equivalent to any of the above.

You will also need:

  • GCSE English and Maths grade 9-4 (A*- C).

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.

Course Content

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):

  • Computing for Engineers
  • Maths and Engineering Science
  • Engineering Principles
  • Business and Project Management
  • Investigative Project I

Electrical Pathway:

Year 1:

  • All Core Modules
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics I

Year 2:

  • Investigative Project II
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics II
  • Machines and Drives
  • Maths for Control
  • Microprocessor Systems
  • Introduction to PLCs

Manufacturing Pathway:

Year 1:

  • All Core Modules
  • Manufacturing Processes

Year 2:

  • Investigative Project II
  • Engineering Design and Manufacture
  • Maths for Materials and Design
  • Process Improvement and Lean Operations
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Materials Engineering

Mechanical Pathway:

Year 1:

  • All Core Modules
  • Manufacturing Processes

Year 2:

  • Investigative Project II
  • Engineering Design and Manufacture
  • Maths for Materials and Design
  • Mechanics of Solids and Dynamics
  • Thermofluids Engineering
  • Materials Engineering

How will I be assessed?

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.

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What can I do after this course?

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:

  • 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.

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Adrian Andres

Adrian Andres

Welding student Adrian excited to start Cavendish Nuclear apprenticeship

Former DCG Welding student Adrian Andres is excited to be starting an apprenticeship with a leading nuclear industry supplier.
Adrian, who is nearly 21 and from Derby, is one of three students from his level 3 welding course to have secured a place on Cavendish Nuclear’s coveted scheme.
And he is among eight young welders from that same college cohort to become an apprentice with a Babcock company. Five former students from his group are currently on apprenticeships with Doosan Babcock in the West Midlands.
Adrian, who has always wanted to be an engineer, took level 2 Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) at the Roundhouse, before moving on to level 3 Welding at the suggestion of his lecturer Sean Smith.
He said: "I really hadn’t thought about training to be a welder before that but the more I learned, the more motivated I became. Sean wanted us all to get quality apprenticeships so we’d have a great industry career and he really fought to get us the best opportunities.”
After beginning his four-year apprenticeship initially online in early September, Adrian will, after a couple of weeks, relocate to Somerset. He will spend one year full-time at Bridgwater & Taunton College before continuing his welding training on site.
He added: “Moving away from home doesn’t worry me. I’m excited to be starting my apprenticeship and I’m going to be training with people I already know. I expect the training to be hard and it’s going to be quite nerve wracking being watched by the tutors when we’re practising our welds.”
“I’m looking forward to qualifying as a welder. One of my dreams was to be a professional basketball player – I’ve played a lot of basketball all around England – but as I’m only 5ft 7 that wasn’t going to happen!  Training for a great job in engineering is something I can succeed in.”

I really hadn’t thought about training to be a welder before that but the more I learned, the more motivated I became. Sean wanted us all to get quality apprenticeships so we’d have a great industry career and he really fought to get us the best opportunities.


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