Foundation Degree in Industry 4.0 (Validated by the Open University)

Welcome to the Future of Making: Industry 4.0 where machines and technology work seamlessly together. Industry 4.0, also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is like giving our manufacturing processes a high-tech makeover where we connect machines and equipment to digital systems. With the power of Data Analytics, engineers can make lightning-fast decisions and predict the future with the support of some Artificial Intelligence. Imagine being able to see a potential machine breakdown and having time to fix it before it happens! Imagine being able to build the factory digitally and test scenarios, fine tune the process design and make the process run smoothly once you are ready to start production. In this programme, you’ll explore engineering basics and dive into the cutting-edge tech used by today’s manufacturing leaders. So, get ready to boost efficiency, increase profitability, and engineer your way to production success!


Academic Year: 2024/25
Course Code: 11131
Campus: Bangor, 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:

Campus & Course Type Start
Full-Time
Bangor
02/09/2024
Full-Time
Lisburn
02/09/2024
Course Structure

This 2-year Foundation Degree is delivered over 4 semesters.  In year 1 learners will cover core engineering principles and practices whilst gaining an appreciation of new and emerging technologies. In year 2 of the programme students will continue to study a range of contemporary modules whilst having the opportunity to undertake a structured work-based learning placement within the engineering industry.  It is the responsibility of the student to obtain a suitable work placement employer.  Assistance, however, will be provided by the college as required. 

Modules Year 1: 

  • Engineering and Computational Mathematics 
  • Mechatronic Systems and Control 
  • Programming Fundamentals 
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) 
  • Digital Manufacturing Infrastructure 
  • Science for Modern Engineering Technicians   

 

Modules Year 2: 

  • Computer Aided Engineering 
  • Manufacturing Systems Management 
  • Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence 
  • IIOT Data Security 
  • Work Based Learning   

In addition to the above modules, you may undertake 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. 

Contact Hours per Week 

15 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. 

GCSE English 

GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Essential Skills Level 2 Communication OR another approved equivalent   

GCSE Maths 

GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above OR Essential Skills Level 2 Application of Number OR another approved equivalent   

Additional GCSEs 

Two additional GCSEs at Grade C are required OR approved equivalents. One of the two must be from a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) or computing subject area.   

UCAS 

A minimum of 64 UCAS points including: 

  • A levels (excluding OCN qualifications) OR 
  • Level 3 Diploma’s (Level 3 qualifications, other than BTEC, will be subject to approval)   

Access Diploma 

Access to Higher Education Diploma with an overall average of 45+% 

English Language Requirements for International students: 

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 
  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills) 
  • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English 

Equivalent qualifications include: 

  • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English 
  • Successful completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language 
  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2) 
  • ESOL Level 2    

Tier 4 Students: 

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

Admissions 

Successful completion of the admissions process   

APEL 

Applicants who do not hold any formal Level 3/4 qualifications but hold significant and relevant Industrial experience may gain admission through experiential learning and should request the college Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) procedure. Further details on APEL can be found here Admissions Process - SERC. 

Candidates are assessed using a range of different methods. These include technical reports, 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/manufacturing industry or alternatively, you would be eligible to apply to related degree programmes. 

This course will equip you with formal qualifications which will improve your job opportunities and employability skills in the engineering/manufacturing 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. 

Available Sessions

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Full-Time
Bangor
02/09/2024
Full-Time
Lisburn
02/09/2024

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Available Sessions

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HE
Foundation Degree in Industry 4.0 (Validated by the Open University)
Y11131BF1A

Bangor

02/09/2024
16 £2850.00
FT
HE
Foundation Degree in Industry 4.0 (Validated by the Open University)
Y11131LF1A

Lisburn

02/09/2024
16 £2850.00

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