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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: 2021/22
Course Code: 10706
Campus: Lisburn
Study Type: Full-Time
Education Level Higher Education

Course Structure

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.

Modules (year 1)

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • CAD Techniques
  • Programming and Embedded Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic Fundamentals
  • Automation, Robotics and PLCs
  • Professional Studies

Modules (year 2)

  • Mechanical Fundamentals
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics
  • 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.  


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This course is also available in the following academic years:

  2021/22 Academic Year
  2022/23 Academic Year

An academic year runs from September to August of the following year.

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Contact Hours

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.




Entry Requirements

 GCSE English

  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Essential Skills Level 2 Literacy

GCSE Maths

  • GCSE Mathematics Grade C (or University-approved equivalent)

2 Additional GCSEs

  • In addition to Maths and English, two additional GCSEs at Grade C or above are required


A minimum of 64 UCAS points including:

  • A levels OR
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering 

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)  


  • Successful completion of the admissions process


  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions sec APEL Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section



How will I be assessed and given feedback?

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.

Where will it take me?

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.


How will it make me more employable?

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.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme.


Course and Provider regulated by Ulster University.

Terms & Conditions

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

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

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