Where will this course lead?

This course is a Foundation Degree programme designed to offer a learning programme to students with a relevant Level 4 qualification in a Mechanical Engineering subject, or equivalent, to obtain a FdEng in Mechanical Engineering and, if desired, progress to a BEng (Hons) programme in Mechanical engineering Design at Solihull College and practice in a career as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

What will I study?

Students graduating with this FdEng award will be confident practitioners in Engineering with the knowledge and ability to apply current technology to existing products & designs as well as developing new ones. They will have a sound understanding of Engineering Principles and the skills necessary to communicate them to others and develop them into finished products that meet customer expectations and agreed specifications. Within this skill set will be the ability to reflect on their own work to evaluate what worked, what can be improved and how the overall process can be changed for the better.

The programme you will study has the following modules:

· Work Based Project

· Stress Analysis and Materials

· PLCs

· Computer Aided Engineering

· Manufacturing I*

· Manufacturing II*

· Mathematics II*

· Thermo- fluids*

*Optional Units: *Mathematics II and Thermo-fluids are compulsory for students who wish to progress to Level 6 of the BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated, please contact us for the latest information.

How will this course be delivered?

The programme consists of lectures, seminars, project work, and directed activities to promote independent learning along with workshops, and tutorials. Work-based learning is also an important part of the programme and will be linked in with core modules.

The programme is designed for full time mode of study for 1 year - 1 day per week (9:00am-8:00pm) plus work based project (flexible hours).

There is the possibility of alternative attendance modes if there are sufficient applicants to make the course viable. Please note that the fees will be calculated based on the number of modules studied each year.

Please note that the fees will be calculated based on the number of modules studied each year.

What qualifications will I get?

On successful completion of all the modules the learner will have 120 credits at level 5 and will be awarded a Foundation Degree Mechanical Engineering from Oxford Brookes University.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of methods of assessment will be used within the programme, including coursework, assignments, examinations, experiments and presentations. Most modules consist of more than one method of assessment.

How do I get a place on the course?

In order to gain a place on this course, applicants must meet the entry criteria and attend a formal interview. All are to be submitted via UCAS using the following codes:

INSTITUTION CODE: O66 (Oxford Brookes University)


CAMPUS: L (Solihull College & University Centre)

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application, we can help with this too.


Part Time

Oxford Brookes Part Time applications are to be made via the university's website https://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/how-to-apply/applying-direct/


What are the entry requirements?

For entry into the second year of the Foundation Degree in Mechanical Engineering:

· HNC (BTEC) A minimum of 120 credits at MERIT profile or above and must be in a relevant Engineering subject.

· As well as HNC level 4 in a relevant subject, normally a BTEC Level 3 Qualification (MMM) or A-level Equivalent (CCC) in a relevant subject include: Mathematics/Physics/Chemistry

· In addition, a Grade C/4 or above in GCSE Maths and English or equivalent will normally be required.

· 5 GCSE A* - C or 9/4 or above in English and Mathematics or equivalent will be required. Add any other relevant subject required.

Other qualifications and combinations of qualifications will be considered and maybe also acceptable - please contact HE.Admissions@solihull.ac.uk

Additional Entry requirements

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have appropriate industry and life experiences may have their prior learning and skills considered.

Applicants may be required to complete an Aptitude assessment (this will be advised at interview).

English language requirements

Students who are non-native English speakers or who have not studied the final two years of school in English but can demonstrate capability in English at a standard commensurate to IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 being awarded on individual sections for a level 4, 5 or 6 qualifications may be considered as eligible to apply for the programme.

What else do I need to know?

If you are applying for financial help from Student Finance England, then you should do this as soon as possible to ensure your funding is in place for the start of your course. https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

Is there anything else I will have to pay for in order to do this course?

· Scientific Calculator (approx. £10)

· Optional: Books: £100 for the year with average book price at £15 to £20

· Optional: Printing and binding in the college over and above print allowance (dependent upon page numbers and colour)

· Optional: Laptop/Home computer (required for assessment work and accessing software remotely)

· Optional: Project based costs may be incurred if components are required which are not available through college stock.

· Optional: 3D printing may form part of a project. Where possible, the college will pay for the printing materials. However, for larger designs, a contribution may be required from the student.

Additional costs

Costs depend on the direction and ambition of your work. We suggest budgeting approximately £250 for materials and workbooks in the first year. Please read our full terms and conditions https://www.solihull.ac.uk/uni-level-learner/policies-and-applicant-information/

For a more detailed information please refer to the course specifications

.Please note that when you enrol you are accepting that the course content and module descriptions are accurate at the time of publishing and that the course content as described is based on what is possible to deliver under the government advice and social distancing rules at that particular time.

In the event of changes made to those rules, by national or local government, the College may need to make further alterations to the published course content. By enrolling with the College, you will be confirming that you are content to proceed with the course as detailed at that time and on the basis that the programme may be subject to reasonable change.

What can I do after this course?

On successful completion of this Foundation Degree course, students can progress to the BEng in Mechanical Engineering and Design at Solihull College and practice in a career as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).


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