2 years full-time, 3 years part-time
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
N/A; Short form: N/A
Preston (Campus code: U)
On this foundation course you’ll develop generic skills that are needed across a range of sectors, before studying modules that are specific to the nuclear sector. It has been developed in conjunction with employers to support the national need for skills development identified by Cogent – the Government Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the power industries, and has been endorsed by the National Skills Academy – Nuclear (NSAN). You’ll study the identification, analysis, evaluation and subsequent solving of problems associated with manufacture and process engineering, setting those activities within the context of nuclear operations.
All students will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course. Achievement following two years post-16 study will demonstrate the capacity to benefit from the course. Thus the equivalent of 2 ‘A2’ Levels at Grade ‘E’ with one in a science, maths or technology related subject is expected, plus five GCSE’s (including both mathematics and English at Grade ‘C’ or above). An example of equivalence is a National Diploma in a technical or numerate discipline. Students may offer a combination of lower level academic qualifications (e.g. traditional CSE, City & Guilds L1, NVQ2, vocational training courses) and experience in lieu of the standard entry requirements subject to satisfactory interview. Apprentices who have attained a BTEC Certificate and can combine it with a period of industrial training are also welcome to apply.
NOTE: The requirements of “Classified Worker” status within the Nuclear Industry (those employees who may work within facilities that directly handle radioactive materials) may restrict students with certain disabilities from pursuing certain career paths.
A range of specialist nuclear modules about reactor design, the fuel cycle and safety, plus modules about thermal & fluid processes, instrumentation & control and computer-aided engineering, with modules entitled
The FdEng Engineering (Nuclear) course involves the identification, analysis, evaluation and subsequent solving of problems associated with manufacture and process engineering, setting those activities within the context of nuclear operations. In the first half of the course students will learn fundamental theory and enjoy learning from practical field and laboratory activity. There is also a module about personal development which provides help in developing personal development plans and transferable skills. A professional development module in the second half of the course places emphasis on applying the fundamentals learnt throughout the course, and setting the work in a nuclear context.
You will gain experience of solving practical problems. This approach is typical of many engineering degrees. It suggests relevance and develops intellectual skills useful in the work-place and engages and generates interest.
This course develops generic skills that are needed across a range of sectors, before studying modules that are specific to the nuclear sector. It has been developed in conjunction with Employers to support the national need for skills development identified by Cogent – the Government Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the power industries.
The National Skills Academy – Nuclear (NSAN) has endorsed this FdEng for award nationally by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the University of Portsmouth (UoP).
For part-time study, the course requires attendance on just one day per week. Scheduled teaching takes place on 26 weeks of the year.
Because the course was originally developed with up skilling of practising technician engineers in mind, much of the teaching is conducted with the advantage of practical examples taken from site practice and with guest lectures from practising engineers.
Full-time: £9,000 per year (UK/EU) at Preston Campus - please note Partner Colleges may have different fees
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
The National Skills Academy – Nuclear (NSAN) has endorsed this FdEng for award nationally by UCLan.
The course is assessed through a variety of means including project report, portfolio presentation, laboratories, assignments and examinations.
Demand for skilled and educated professionals exists at both leadership and management levels and this course provides the foundation from which to launch a career. Students graduating with the Foundation Degree may also chose to continue their intellectual development by topping-up their academic study to an ‘Honours’ degree.