Ulster University Foundation Degree in Mechatronic Engineering

The Foundation Degree in Mechatronic Engineering (FdEng) aims to develop industry current skills to ensure that the future needs of the Engineering sector are fully met. This qualification will provide you with knowledge and practical experience in mechanical/electrical engineering, programming, robotics, PLCs and CAD/CAM as well as other core skills required for employment within the engineering industry.

Academic Year: 2024/25
Course Code: 10706
Campus: Lisburn
Study Type: Full-Time
Education Level Higher Education
Department: Manufacturing & General Engineering

Available Sessions

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

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Course Structure

This programme is currently under review with Ulster University and as a result some content may be subject to change.


The Foundation Degree provides students with an opportunity to undertake a structured work-based learning placement within the engineering industry during the final year of the programme. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain a suitable work placement employer.  Assistance, however, will be provided by the college as required. This course will grant you the status of Ulster University Associate Student



Year 1

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Engineering Science
  • Electronic Principles 
  • Automation Principles
  • Professional Studies

Year 2

  • Programming & Embedded Systems 
  • Mechatronics & Robotics
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • Business Improvement Techniques
  • Work- Based Learning

In addition to the above modules, you will also work towards a professional/ personal development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve employability within the Engineering sector.

This is a 2-Year Programme and course fees are payable in each year of study.

This programme is based on a hybrid learning model with a focus on face-to-face delivery.

Contact Hours per Week

16.75 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Mandatory Additional Study 

Maximum of 3 hours per week average over the academic year

Personal Study

19 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

Work Placement

The Foundation Degree also provides students with an opportunity to undertake work placement during their final year.


General Entry Requirements

The general entry requirements below identify the minimum qualifications needed to apply for the programme. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis on application. You are required to upload a copy of your qualification certificates to show how you meet the entry requirements for the programme prior to enrolment. Applications will also require successful completion of the admissions process.

GCSE/ Level 2 Requirements

  • GCSE grade C/4 in English Language, or Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills- Communication, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.


  • GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.


  • Passes in 4 different subjects (can include English Language and Mathematics and as above), with 1 at GCE Advanced (A) level (grades A-E), and 3 at GCSE level (grades A*-C*/9-4), or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

Course Entry Requirements

A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff points including:

• GCE A level (A2): Typical grade profile CC [to include 1 from Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Technology & Design, Design & Technology, Engineering, Electronics or Double Award Science/Applied Science.]


• RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering with overall award profile MPP or Diploma in Engineering with overall award profile MM


• Access to HE Diploma (NI): 45% overall in an Engineering Access course and 45% in level 2 Access Mathematics.


• An equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.  

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Alternatively, you can provide evidence of your ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process, either through Accredited Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Further details on APL can be found in the HE Admissions Process section of our website and the HE Accreditation of Prior Learning SOP.  

International Students English Language Requirements

International applicants, from Non-Native English speaking countries, must have evidence of English Language Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:

• IELTS 6.0 (Academic) (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)

• PTE Academic 51 (minimum of 46 in each part)

• Or equivalent UKVI-approved English Language Test For further information please contact our International Department at international@serc.ac.uk

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.

Successful completion of this course will enable you to apply for jobs in the engineering industry or alternatively, you would be eligible to apply to related degree programmes where you will normally be able to start at second year of entry.

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.

There are no additional costs associated with this programme.

Course and Provider regulated by Ulster University.

Available Sessions

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

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Terms & Conditions

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

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

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 pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.
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