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The FdEng in Engineering (with Specialisms) has an industry focused approach, where graduates develop an extensive range of professional subject 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 - Level 4 Modules
All modules are compulsory.
Entrants should have passes in 4 different subjects including grade C/4 or above in GCSE Maths and English and hold a Level 3 qualification(s) equating to 64 UCAS points.
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.
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.
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 engineering sector.
Students are also in a position to articulate into year two of a linked Honours Degree at Ulster University, provided they meet the articulation criteria: BEng Hons Mechatronic Engineering, BEng Hons Mechanical Engineering (Belfast), and BEng Hons Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Magee).
Students can progress to a BEng (Hons) in Engineering (Top Up) within SWC, validated by The Open University.
There are a number of alternative Higher Education Institutions offering part-time and full time top ups to Level 6 Degrees.
The Mechatronics Engineering Specialism is delivered in the Omagh Campus.
This foundation degree is offered:
Full time over 2 years
Students will study full time, and in the second year will complete a period of work-based learning to compliment and consolidate their academic study.
Part time over 3 years
Students will study part time, and in the final semester will complete a period of work based learning to compliment and consolidate their academic study.
Full-time tuition fees £2,700 (payable for each year)
Part time tuition fees:
£265 per 20-credit module
£530 for 40-credit Work Based Learning Module
For 2024/25 & 2025/26 fees, please refer to our Fees and Charges Policy on the College website.
Other fees associated with the course: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 £250 per year.
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Total Annual Fee £2,700.00
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Total Annual Fee £1,060.00
Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering (Advanced Technical)
Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeship
BEng (Hons) Degree in Engineering (Top Up) (Validated by The Open University)