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Ulster University FdEng Engineering with Specialisms (Manufacturing Engineering) HLA (Dungannon Campus)

Level 5
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As a Higher Level Apprentice, students will gain the benefit of studying for an in demand qualification, alongside developing work based skills at their place of employment to support their learning. Higher Level Apprenticeship

The FdEng in Engineering (with Specialisms) has an industry focused approach, where graduates develop an extensive range of professional knowledge and technical skills. The programme has been designed in a more applied nature, and aligns with the needs of the local and regional engineering sector. Demand for Manufacturing and Engineering graduates is extremely high, and in particular there is demand for those with level and 4 and 5 qualifications. This programme will not only help you gain the qualification to get into this exciting sector, but develop your skills in such a way that you will be well positioned to excel in your career.

This programme has been designed to ensure graduates develop the skills and attributes to contribute in a meaningful way to local and regional engineering companies. There is a focus on developing the broad engineering skills in mathematical and scientific principles, underpinned by a practical and applied approach to developing technical, professional and 21st century skills which are informed by, and aligned with, the needs of industry. The programme aims to instil a sense of enquiry, problem solving, and pragmatism through the integration of project based learning, industry relevant teaching and assessment and an introduction to future systems which will ensure a ‘work ready’ and sought after graduate.

Year One

Year One/Year Two - Level 4 Modules

  • Automation Principles (Level 4 Module)
  • Engineering Mathematics (Level 4 Module)
  • Professional Studies (Level 4 Module)
  • Engineering Science (Level 4 Module)
  • Computer-Aided Design Design (Level 4 Module)
  • Electronic Principles (Level 4 Module)

Year Two

Year Two/Year Three - Level 5 Modules

  • Mechatronics and Robotics (Level 5 Module)
  • Mechanical Systems and Materials (Level 5 Module)
  • Work Based Learning (Level 5 Module)
  • Operations Management and Maintenance (Manufacturing Specialism Further Study)
  • Computer-aided Manufacturing (Manufacturing Specialism Further Study)

All modules are Compulsory.

Entrants should have passes in 4 different subjects including a grade C/4 or above in GCSE Maths and English and hold a related Level 3 qualification(s) equating to 56 UCAS points.

International students (for whom English is not their first language), must demonstrate their competence in written and spoken English at IELTS – Academic 6.0, with minimum 5.5 in all four elements of the test. Trinity ISE - Pass at Level 3 also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Where an applicant does not hold the formal academic requirements for entry to the programme, but can demonstrate relevant experiential learning across a range of industries, they may apply for admission through the College Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process. In such cases, contact the Course Director for the programme who will advise further.

To be eligible to commence study on this HLA Pathway, applicants must have secured full-time paid employment in a relevant industry sector.

Assessment is varied and linked to industry relevant qualities and will include written reports and assignments, CAD drawings, individual and group presentations, class tests, laboratory reports and formal, end-of-semester examinations.

Completion of this Foundation Degree will facilitate progression to higher level roles within the candidates own place of work.

Students are also in a position to articulate into year two of an associated Honours Degree at Ulster University, provided they meet the entrance criteria.

Students can progress to a ‘Top Up Degree’ in Engineering within SWC approved by The Open University on a part time basis.

There are a number of alternative Higher Education Institutions offering part-time and full time top ups to level 6 and above.

The Manufacturing Engineering Specialism is delivered in the Dungannon Campus.

Course delivery is part-time, over three years. Students will study part time, whilst working in a relevant place of employment in the engineering industry and in the final semester will complete a period of work based learning to compliment and consolidate their academic study.

This programme was revalidated by Ulster University in 2023 and the changes to curriculum, modules and teaching and assessment strategies will be introduced from September 2024.

During your course you may be required to purchase course textbooks and incur additional costs for printing, photocopying, and binding. The overall additional costs incurred to support your studies may be in the region of £100 or more per year.

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