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Ulster University Foundation Degree in Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineering

The Foundation Degree (FdEng) in Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineering provides students with a broad-based engineering education in aspects of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

32 Weeks
Level 5
Part-Time Study

Campus: Bangor

Course Code: 78304

Duration: 32 Weeks

Level: 5

Type: Part-Time

Course Structure

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineers are creative problem solvers who require vision to work with a range of other engineers in the development of innovative and cost-effective products. Students must master modern technologies and skills such as robotics, computer-aided design and simulation.

The teaching team consists of staff who are highly qualified with valuable industrial experience.  Our staff are regularly trained to keep up-to-date with the changing needs of the industry.


Year 1

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electrical Science 1
  • CAD Techniques 1
  • Mechanical Science
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Materials

Year 2

  • CAD Techniques 2
  • Professional Studies
  • Automation and Fluid Power
  • Industrial Robot Technology
  • Energy and Maintenance Systems
  • PLCs

Year 3

  • CAD/CAM 1 and 2
  • Quality and BIT
  • Work based Learning 1 and 2
  • Mechatronics
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Ulster University Foundation Degree in Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineering



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Time: 09:00-19:00



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Contact Hours

Contact Hours

8.5 hours' contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials

Personal Study

A further average of 8 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials


The Foundation Degree also provides students with an opportunity to undertake a substantial work-based project during the final year of the programme.

Entry Requirements

General GCSE Requirements:

  • GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above
  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above or Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy


A minimum of 48 UCAS points including:

  • GCE A-Levels to include a Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths subject OR
  • Level 3 National Award in Engineering 

    International Requirements:

    • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
    • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5
    • Trinity ISE: Pass at Level III, or other University-approved equivalent qualifications.

    Equivalent qualifications include:

    • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
    • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)

    Tier 4 Students:

    • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)


    • Successful completion of the admissions process


    • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning.  Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section
    How will I be assessed and given feedback?

    Candidates are assessed using a range of different methods. These include assessments, coursework, project based learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study.  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

    Where will it take me?

    Successful completion of this course will enable you to apply for jobs within advanced industries as diverse as aerospace, consumer goods, electronics and pharmaceuticals, as well as the more traditional light and heavy engineering sectors. Alternatively successful completion depending on grade will allow direct entry to Year 2 of the following degree programmes at Ulster University.

    • BEng Hons in Mechanical Engineering
    • BEng Hons in Mechatronic Engineering
    How will it make me more employable?
    This course will equip you with formal qualifications which will improve your job opportunities and employability skills in the engineering sector. You will also gain a range of soft skills regarded as highly desirable by employers.
    Additional Costs
    There are no additional associated costs with this Programme
    This programme is validated by Ulster University
    Terms & Conditions

    Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

    While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

    In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:
    • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme. *The minimum overall pas mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.
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