Mechanical Engineering, Foundation Degree

Course code: FHAG306P

Subject area: Engineering

Study level: Undergraduate

Course level: H

Course details

9:00am - 6:30pm


16th Sep 2021 - 24th Jun 2023

Abingdon Campus

Contact details

01235 555585

The aim of the Foundation Degree is to provide a rational, structured and coherent programme of study that offers an alternative pathway to well-motivated and skilled engineers within the region in which Abingdon & Witney College is situated. The programme is relevant to the needs of employers, facilitates CPD of the student and benefits the regional economy as well as potentially offering an opportunity for growth in Higher Education.

This programme intends to:

• Provide students, from a wide range of educational backgrounds, with an opportunity for further study including an alternative route for learners who have completed a Level 3 course and wish to gain work experience and study part-time
• Equip learners with the broad knowledge and ability to apply current technology to existing products and designs as well as developing new ones
• Enable learners to 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
• Develop the learner’s ability to reflect on their own work evaluating what worked, what can be improved and how the overall process can be changed for the better
• Enable learners that are employed to make an immediate professional contribution in their work environment through skills learnt and in particular via a work-related project
• Develop the learners’ skills, personal qualities and attitudes essential for reflective learning and practice leading to successful performance in working life through the integrated, but explicit, curriculum and assessment.

Students who are following the full-time programme will be expected to attend college for the equivalent of 2 days per week over two academic years, with students who are following the part-time programme expected to attend college for the equivalent of 1 day per week over three academic years.

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 course runs over two semesters per year, from September to June.

Although the course is one or two days per week, there is a substantial amount of self-study required in order to be successful on this programme. Each single undergraduate module is 150 hours of effort. Modules presently consist of 45 hours contact time and are delivered using a mixture of lectures, tutorial/seminar sessions and laboratories. A student can expect to undertake an additional 105 hours of independent work per single module (210 for the double-module project).

This course is validated by Oxford Brookes University. Applications are made via UCAS - code H305.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

• Work Based Module
• Mathematics I
• Engineering Management
• Mechanical Principles and Engineering Science
• Electrical and Electronic Science

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

• Work Based Project
• Mathematics II
• Mechanics of Materials
• Thermo-fluids
• Computer Aided Engineering
• Engineering Test and Measurement

Students will attend trade shows during their study and in the past, they have visited the MACH show and the Sensor Instrumentation show at the NEC, Birmingham as well as the Southern Manufacturing show at the Farnborough Innovation Centre.
The course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment within Mechanical Engineering. Critical to this programme is the opportunity for work based learning to take place, combining academic knowledge with real life engineering scenarios.

You may be able to progress on to a further year of study at Oxford Brookes University, or at one of our partner colleges, in order to 'top up' to a full honours degree.

You will have the opportunity to transfer onto the BSc in Mechanical Engineering and related courses at Oxford Brookes University. You will need a minimum of one year to gain sufficient credits to qualify for an honours degree, or slightly longer if you wish to transfer to other degree programmes.
Entrants to the programme should normally meet the following entry requirements:

Four passes at GCSE including Maths and English Language at grade 4/C or above and one of the following:

• A BTEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in an engineering discipline (including a Maths unit)
• One A Level pass in either Maths or Physics (or a closely related subject)
• Any other qualification deemed equivalent

Regarding the normal entry qualifications above, the study of Maths to A Level is usually required, although relatively strong performance in other subjects may give exemption from this requirement. Examples of such subjects include Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Computer Studies and Design and Technology. Entrants will also need to successfully attend an interview prior to starting the course.

English Language Requirements (For students whose first language is not English): IELTS 6.0 (with 6.0 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking). All students must meet UK visa and immigration requirements. Further information can be found at

We include students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties into the life of the College and seek to offer opportunities for success in all courses at all levels. If you have any particular requirements, please contact our Learning Support Adviser on 01235 216440.
Home/EU tuition fee full-time is £7,570 per year. Home/EU tuition fee part-time is £5,045 per year. International tuition fee for 2 years is £9,270 per year.

Whilst all core textbooks are available in the College and University libraries and online, students may wish to purchase their own copies. Prices of core textbooks range from £15.00 - £55.00 (prices correct at time of publication).

You can find information on our fees and on Student Finance at Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the University and all college partners.

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Foundation Degree in Mechanical Engineering (FdEng). Awarded by Oxford Brookes University.
There are many different methods of learning on this course. The teaching is a combination of theory and student centred activities where formative feedback is provided to support elements of the assessment.

A variety of assessment methods will be used, including the submission of written reports, delivering individual and group presentations, completing time-constrained assessments, simulation exercises, role play, exams and in-class tests and submission of portfolios.

Formal assignments will be returned to students within three weeks of the submission date.
Students will be provided with an educational foundation for mechanical careers in engineering. Students’ ability in engineering will be developed through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme. Students will learn a range of skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for successful performance in an engineering environment.