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Manufacturing Engineering Foundation Degree

This course has been written to provide you with a wide technical background to support a range of careers in manufacturing engineering. Manufacturing Engineers have detailed knowledge of a broad range of general engineering principles and use this to develop and maintain manufacturing processes and systems to ensure high quality production of components and services. Manufacturing Engineers are employed in a wide range of industries including vehicle manufacture, aerospace, transport, healthcare, food and beverage and leisure. The course has a strong technical element that will help you develop the skills you need to succeed. If you are employed in the industry this course will provide you with advanced knowledge and skills which will enhance your career prospects. If you are not employed, the course will provide you with a good grounding to help you to find employment in the field.

Course Modules;

Year 1:
• Computer Aided Design
• Management of the Business Environment
• Materials and Manufacturing Processes
• Mathematics for Engineering
• Mechanical Science
• Quality and Reliability

Year 2:
• Corporate Responsibility and Personal Development
• Design and Manufacture
• Manufacturing Automation and Control
• Operations Systems
• Project Foundation Degree
• Quality Systems

The Year 1 tuition fee for academic year 2022-23 is £6,500. Please be aware that we intend to increase tuition fees in subsequent years using the Retail Price Index (RPI-X).

Course Info

Level 5 - Professional & University
Subject Area
Course Type
Higher Education Part-Time
James Watt College
Next Start Date
Course Length
31 weeks

Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS UCAS Tariff Points: Pre-2017 Entry - 160 points, Post-2017 Entry - 64 points The tariff points can be made up of: A Levels (GCE and VCE): 2 A Levels at Grade C BTEC Extended Diploma: Grade MPP BTEC Diploma: Grade MM BTEC 90 Credit Diploma: Grade DM Access to HE: Grade P45 If the Level 3 qualification is made up of A Levels one A Level must be Maths or Physics. All other qualifications must be an engineering, science or IT subject. Minimum number of GCSEs at Grade C or above: 5 which must include: GCSE English: Grade C or 4 GCSE Maths: Grade C or 4 Are Level 2 equivalents accepted?: Yes

Delivery and Assessment

A range of assessment methods are used including assignments, examinations, case studies, projects and presentations.


Students successfully completing the Foundation Degree with merit grades or higher will be able to progress on to the final stage of an honours degree with Birmingham City University (this component will take 2 years part-time or one year full-time, subject to university regulations). Progression to other universities is subject to their own particular entry requirements. Students passing the course but not achieving this grade profile will be able to progress on to the 2nd year of the honours degree. As an engineer, your technical expertise and skills will be valued across many industries, including food and drink, oil, plastics, biotechnology, manufacture, aerospace, automotive and pharmaceuticals.

Career Opportunities

  • Aeronautical Engineers
  • CAD Technicians
  • Software Developers
  • Telecommunication Specialists
  • Building Inspectors
  • Construction Managers
  • Design Consultants
  • Safety Officers