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 HEFCE and the qualification is awarded by Sheffield Hallam University.
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)
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When he retired at the end of October, Pete, 52, had operational oversight of 680 officers and police staff, yet in the mid-1980s he worked as a laboratory technician in Belper. While Pete was with solid fuel business TI Parkray, he studied on release for a day-and-a half-a week, over four years, at Derby College. He gained his ONC and HNC engineering qualifications with passes and merits.
And his time at Derby College helped lay the foundations when he decided to change career and apply for the police. Pete progressed through the ranks, from PC, to becoming the youngest Sergeant at the time in Derbyshire, to Inspector and Chief Inspector. At one stage he headed Learning and Development for forces across the East Midlands. He retired as Chief Inspector and Operations Manager for the Derbyshire force. Pete is currently studying for a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 qualification and said he intends to keep on learning.
For me, college was great. I was painfully shy at that stage and it helped me grow as a person, through meeting and learning from people from a wide range of backgrounds and different ages and cultures, and from various sections of industry like Rolls-Royce.
It gave me an early idea of public speaking and it gave me an insight into the academic world. I'm not the most bookish of people but I came out of my police training course with the second highest mark.