Foundation
Degree in Science (FdSc) Engineering (Automation)

Validated by University of Lincoln

The rise of new digital engineering technologies, known as Industry 4.0, is a transformation that makes it possible to gather and analyse data across machines, enabling faster, more flexible, and more efficient processes to produce higher-quality goods at reduced costs. This manufacturing revolution will increase productivity, shift economics, foster industrial growth, and modify the profile of the workforce ultimately changing the competitiveness of companies and regions.

Undertaking the FdSc in Engineering (Automation) validated by the University of Lincoln will allow you to develop your knowledge and expertise from the basics of pneumatics and electronics through mechatronics, process control, robotics and PLCs right up to exploring concepts such as artificial intelligence, big data and analytics, cybersecurity, augmented reality.

The FdSc in Engineering (Automation) has a predominantly practical focus for many of the modules with the learning, and teaching strategy adopting an integrated learning approach of lectures and workshop-based tutorials to develop student understanding of theoretical concepts with hands on learning experience in the tutorial workshops. Students will have access to the UCNL’s purpose-built Engineering laboratories to undertake Robotics, Electronics, Mechatronics and Control Systems and Industry 4.0 practical sessions. Students will also have the opportunity to visit relevant industrial sites to conceptualise their learning. Work placements are encouraged, and students are supported in gaining relevant vocational experience.

Full-time, two days per week over the academic year with the course running over 2 Years.

UCAS Course Code: 8P9Y

If you are looking for a full-time or part-time course in Higher Education to study at UCNL, look no further as we explain the process of how to apply. You'll be on the path to success in no time at all!

All applications for entry to full time programmes must be made through the national Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS)

When: as a general guide, applications can be made to UCAS between September and mid-January. Please check their website (www.ucas.com) for further information. We do consider applications throughout the year, although the earlier you submit, the earlier you will receive a decision and can start to plan accordingly.

How: Once you have found the perfect course on the study at UCNL page and you are ready to apply, you have a couple of options:

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  • UCAS

    Alternatively, you can head directly to the UCAS website: http://www.ucas.ac.uk.

    Please use the following details to find us on the UCAS website:

    The UCAS Code for the DN Colleges Group is: N64 (The University Campus North Lincolnshire (UCNL)

    Campus Code:
    N (UCNL) 
    Campus Code: D (University Centre Doncaster) 

Please note that UCNL is part of the DN Colleges Group.

Once you have submitted your application, UCAS will send copies to all of your selected institutions.

 

Each will make a decision based on your application, and may invite you for an interview.

 

If we can offer you a place on a course, the offer will be communicated via UCAS TRACK.

 

If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, an institution could also offer you an alternative course, or will provide you with feedback about why they were unable to offer you a place.

 

If you receive an offer, it will either be:

  • Conditional – you must meet certain conditions which are usually based on exam results.
  • Unconditional – you have been accepted without any further conditions.

Offers should be accepted or declined. You may accept an offer as Firm or Insurance.

  • Firm is your preferred choice.
  • Insurance is your back-up choice.

All applications for part-time programmes should be made directly to UCNL, using a Higher Education Part Time Application form. This is available by emailing enquiries@ucnl.ac.uk. Alternatively, click the ‘enquire’ button located next to the course you wish to apply for.

Loans for tuition fees are available to full-time and part-time students (subject to current Government funding criteria), from Student Finance England and are known as 'Tuition Fee Loans'.

 

You will need to ensure that student finance is in place prior to the start of your course to ensure payments for tuition fees and maintenance grants are made in a timely fashion.

Please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance for more information and guidance. Should you need some assistance, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

UCNL has a range of financial support awards available for students. These include:

  • The Student Opportunity Fund
    This is also referred to as the Hardship Fund and is an amount of money UCNL holds in order to allocate to students facing financial hardship and difficulty. Applications to the fund can be made from late October throughout the academic year. This is NOT a loan and is not repayable.To qualify you must have applied for a student loan. If following this, you are still in hardship you may apply to the fund for help. Following a standard assessment, you may qualify for a termly payment based upon attendance or if you have an unexpected large expense you may qualify for a non-standard award to help towards the cost.Additionally, students facing unexpected financial difficulties may be eligible for a short term repayable loan. Information can be provided by the UCNL Information and Advice office.
  • Bursaries Students may also be able to apply for a number of financial bursaries. These include awards available to students who are care leavers and those from low participation neighbourhoods. Please note that there is a limited number of awards available. For further details, please contact the Information and Advice office.
  • Council Tax Certificates Exemption certificates can be arranged for full-time Students only. Please contact the UCNL Information and Advice Office for further details.

We encourage all students to become members of The Student Society which is proactively involved in UCNL and creates the opportunity for students to provide feedback and share ideas and suggestions with regards to their student experience. The Student Society allows students the chance to develop their interests, to network and engage with other students and staff, to work in partnership with UCNL to achieve goals and to discuss their student experience.

We are always trying to find creative and innovate ways of inspiring our students to enhance their experience. In previous years the Student Society has been engaged in UCNL's first student-led conference, 'UCNL's Got Talent', has helped develop UNCL’s LGBTQ+ Group and has been responsible for providing a forum to discuss student suggestions, leading to changes such as the introduction of microwaves in the Bistro for HE students. 

If you think that you could make a real difference and would like to join, please come to one of our advertised meetings or ask your Programme Leader about who you go to for more information.

This Student Charter has been developed in partnership between staff, students and members of the Student Society, setting out ways in which everyone will work together to make your time at UCNL enjoyable, successful and rewarding.

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Course Details

Level 4 (Year 1 full time)

– Engineering Mechanics (15 credits)
– Electrical and Electronic Technology (15 credits)
– Introduction to Robotics (15 credits)
– Matter and Interactions (15 credits)
– Mathematical Skills for Engineers (15 credits)
– Computing and Programming for Engineers (15 credits)
– Design Challenge for Engineers (30 credits)

Level 5 (Year 2 full time)

– Analogue Electronics (15 Credits)
– Applied Thermofluids (15 credits)
– Control Systems (15 Credits)
– Data Modelling and Simulation (15 credits)
– Electrical Power and Machines (15 Credits)
– Innovation Project (15 Credits)
– Mechatronics Systems (15 Credits)
– Solid Body Mechanics (15 Credits)

Entry Requirements

You will normally be required to have achieved the BTEC National Certificate or Diploma or A Level or NVQ/VRQ level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area. If you hold significant practical experience or craft qualifications but not the usual level 3 entry requirement, your application would also be considered, subject to an interview with an appropriate member of the teaching team or Programme Leader.

Course Progression

On completing this FdSc, students can continue their studies with the University of Lincoln on the Automation Engineering Bachelor Of Science With Honours (BSc (Hons)) programme, which provides an opportunity for students to deepen their learning through engagement with a substantial project linked to their own industries.
For those graduates completing (BSc (Hons)) you will be able to demonstrate a professional who’s prepared for a career as Automation Engineers with a broad knowledge and understanding of modern Automation Systems that is informed by the industrial state of the art and best practices.

Assessment Methods

A variety of forms of coursework assessment are employed on the programme. These include written descriptive and numerical assignments, short tests, laboratory and workshop appraisals, personal projects, group work, self- and peer-assessment, portfolio preparation and case studies.

Course Fees

Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition and assessment).
There may be some extra costs that you might need to make or choose to pay.
Books (you will have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies).
Printing and photocopying.
If your programme includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Call 01724 294125 Email enquiries@ucnl.ac.uk

Scholarship, Engagement and Employability (SEE)

When you study at the University Centre, we want you to leave with so much more than a qualification. We are committed to the philosophy of students as partners within a learning community. To this end, there are many opportunities to get involved, including:

  • Student conferences, exhibitions and poster presentations
  • Cross disciplinary event, at the annual science fair
  • Staff/student research, including publication and conference presentation
  • Student Society Group
  • Business & Management Exhibition