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Foundation degree in Mechanical Engineering

Course Code: C5135
Campus: Millfield
Week Commencing: 17 Sep 18
18/19 Academic Year End Date:
08 Jun 19
Time: 09:00-16:30


UCAS Code H302

Foundation Degree Mechanical Engineering is a 2 year full time course.  The majority of man-made products are mechanical or have mechanical parts, and mechanical engineers are to be found working in virtually every type of industry, on products as diverse as racing cars, jet engines, cruise ships, farm machinery, sports equipment and domestic appliances. This course is offered in collaboration with Queen’s University (subject to meeting final re-approval recommendations) and students are enrolled at both the College and Queen’s and have all the main entitlements as other undergraduate students at the university. Units of study include: Introduction to Design and Manufacture; Maths; Solid Mechanics and Dynamics; Materials, Design and Manufacturing; CAD; Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics and Electrical Systems. Students will undertake a period of relevant industrial work placement which will assist in developing a sound understanding of the practical applications of some of the theoretical content. This forms a significant portion of the assessment and will be completed in the first semester of year two. Assessment is by a combination of assignments, reports and examinations.

Career Opportunities / Progression

Successful students can either progress to year two of the BEng (Hons) Degree in Mechanical Engineering / Aerospace Engineering or Product Design Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. Students can also apply for other design/ engineering related degree courses at different institutions. Alternatively they may choose to seek full-time employment in the design or mechanical/ manufacturing industry.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the general university entrance requirements as specified in the University Calendar of General Regulations and at least one of the following:

(i) A Level Requirements: Grades CC including Mathematics and one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Further Mathematics or Technology and Design plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above.

(ii) BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits) in a relevant discipline, with a Merit or above in at least half of the units taken (relevant units will be specified) and Passes in the remaining units, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above.

NB: Applicants not offering Physics at A Level should have a minimum of a Grade C in GCSE Physics or grades CC in Double Award Science.

(iii) Irish Leaving Certificate: H3H3H4H4 including Mathematics and at least one of Physics (preferred), Biology or Chemistry. NB: a minimum of 5 subjects will be required in the Irish Leaving Certificate, at least 4 of which should be at Higher Level.

 (iv) Relevant Access Course: A minimum of 55% average in a relevant discipline, including Mathematics and relevant Science units (Level 3).

(vi) Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning: Those with industrial experience returning to education after a break may be considered, subject to 'Recognition of Prior Learning' requirements.

Applicants with other qualifications, such as a BTEC Diploma (12 units), a HNC or AVCEs, will be considered on their individual merits.

 NB: Level 2 Essential Skills in Communication is acceptable in lieu of a Grade C in GCSE English Language.

Application for this course must be made through UCAS at: During Confirmation and Clearing in August applicants may be considered via UCAS Clearing, if vacancies are available. Vacancies and entry requirements are normally published on the Queen’s University website ( and the UCAS website ( If you meet the entry requirements, then contact the Admissions and Access Service at Queen’s University ([email protected]) in the first instance.


Tuition Fee


Course fees relate to year one of this two–year course.

All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.

Contact Information

Neil McDowell, tel: 028 9026 5382 or email: [email protected]