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Level: 5

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 36

Hours: 9.00

Start: 15/09/2020

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

Tuition (£): 7500.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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:

  • Day-release (1 day per week) programme for apprentices already in the workplace

 

  • Full-time (3 days per week) programme for those not currently in employment.  Students choosing to take the full-time route will be required to complete mandatory work experience equivalent to two days per week or block placement as determined by the work placement provider.  Support will be provided to help students identify work placement providers. 

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.

  1. We will be welcoming students next academic year. We will also do all we reasonably can to meet the needs of students whose individual circumstances mean that they cannot attend any in-person teaching.
  2. The academic year will start as normal and term dates will not be changed. You are advised to be flexible in your travel plans at this stage and more advice about arrangements for the start of term will follow in July.
  3. Teaching will be delivered by a blend of in-person and online teaching, and we will adapt our timetables, teaching methods, course content and locations for delivery of teaching to achieve this. The balance of the blend will depend on the stringency of social distancing and other regulations in force at the time. Where possible, teaching by seminars, practicals and supervisions will be delivered in person, and it may be possible for teaching to smaller groups to be given on this basis. The size of the face-to-face contact groups will be determined by the capacity of rooms allocated on the timetable, and also the activity taking place within the room. If large-scale whole-class teaching in person becomes permissible, then the DCG Engineering Academy will reintroduce it as soon as possible.
  4. Research and learning facilities: it is our aim that all students who need them for their studies and research will have sufficient and suitable access to practical facilities, libraries and other facilities, subject to the restrictions of social distancing.
  5. Minimising risk: all University and College buildings will be risk assessed and managed on an ongoing basis, following government guidelines and advice. This may involve managing how we all enter and leave buildings to allow for social distancing, reducing numbers of people allowed into a building or area, appropriate cleaning regimes, altered timings of events and any other measures considered appropriate to mitigate risk of exposure to Covid-19. We will promote health and infection control measures across the rooms used by DCG Engineering Academy, and communicate and implement changes to any of these measures resulting from local lockdown requirements as required.
  6. Support: the DCG Engineering Academy will offer you pastoral support in many forms. The University additionally provides centralised student support, including the availability of study coaches,

Entry requirements

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:

  • 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.
  • A pass in the Preparatory Year of the Extended Degree Programme in Engineering, 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 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.

Course Content

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):

  • Maths and Engineering Science
  • Engineering Principles
  • Business and Project Management
  • Investigative Project
  • Manufacturing Processes (Mechanical and Manufacturing route) or Analogue and Digital (Electrical and Electronic route)

Year 2:

Mechanical:

  • Mechanical Engineering (A and B)
  • Engineering Design and Manufacture
  • CAD
  • Project
  • Power Hydraulics and Control or Materials Engineering or Introduction to PLCs or Control and Instrumentation (dependent on employer requirements)

Manufacturing:

  • Engineering Design and Manufacture
  • Project
  • Automated Manufacture
  • Process Improvement and Lean Operations
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Power Hydraulics and Control or Materials Engineering or Introduction to PLCs or Control and Instrumentation (dependent on employer requirements)

Electrical:

  • Analogue and Digital Electronics
  • Project
  • Machines and Drives
  • Control and Instrumentation
  • Microprocessor Systems
  • Power Hydraulics and Control or Introduction to PLCs or Materials Engineering (dependent on employer requirements)

 

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

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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Student welder Rosie Dales is forging ahead in the male-dominated world of fabrication thanks to Derby College. Rosie, 24, is set to take a Level 3 NVQ in Fabrication and Welding. She is also adding skills to a previous Level 2 qualification which she did not gain through an earlier provider. Rosie, who was born deaf and is a skilled lipreader, uses a hearing aid to boost what sound she can hear. She praised the teaching focus of her Derby College tutor and said her fellow students were "deaf aware", which was helpful. After working unpaid for two weeks, Rosie landed an apprenticeship with her grandfather's firm, Dales Fabrications, in Ilkeston. She found that she loved the work and the company is now funding her college training.

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