Manufacturing Technology FdSc

UCAS code H748
Location Shrewsbury Colleges Group
Duration 2 Years

2019/20 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £6,500 per year of study
  • International students: £6,500 per year of study
Course start September
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Course outline

The aim of the full-time Foundation Degree in Manufacturing Technology is to provide an opportunity for part-time students in regional and other colleges to access higher education, with a significant work based learning content, at a local level.

The programme of study places emphasis on your work-based learning. It is quite clear that learning does not just take place in the classroom. We all learn and practice skills and accumulate knowledge outside of educational institutions, but especially at work. This course aims to incorporate and accredit this learning acquired at work.

The programme routes exist to fulfil the changing expectations of industry. Engineers and technologists have to operate in a wider marketplace than they did 20 years ago. The abundance of computer software and hardware available to the engineer has altered their job function tremendously. Industry has also taken the role of the engineer and technologist and altered it to a multidisciplinary career spanning the physical sciences, mathematics, information technology and management. The award has been developed to produce technologists who can operate in this fast changing environment.

The Foundation Degree offers the mix of skills and knowledge that employers and professional bodies are looking for through its distinctive blend of vocational, professional and academic components.

Students successfully completing the FDSc are eligible to go on to study the BSc(Hons) top-up at Staffordshire University.

Course content

Teaching and learning is delivered via study units or modules through three levels: 4, 5 and 6.

Level 4 aims to develop the basic understanding knowledge, techniques and skills drawing on workplace experience wherever possible.

Level 5 is focused on the application of level 4 experiences to deepen knowledge and improve problem-solving, and other skills, through applied workplace study. The work-based project and the design project modules will integrate the different concepts and ideas of the previous modules.
Successful completion of all level 4 and Level 5 modules will result in the award of a Foundation Degree (FDSc).

Level 6 is quite distinct and contains an individual project which consolidates your knowledge, skills and understanding.
Successful completion of all level 4, 5 and 6 modules will result in the award of an Honours degree BSc(Hons).

[Students also have the option of finishing their studies early and graduating with BSc (non-honours)] 

Nominally the overall structure of the awards divides each year into two teaching blocks per year and the completion of a Foundation Degree in 3 years.
However, some of our franchised colleges run an accelerated option allowing students to study 3 teaching blocks per year and completion of a Foundation Degree in 2 years.

Study at Level 6 (or the BSc top-up) takes place on the University campus.

Route map (PDF, file size: 20.56KB) and possible qualifications applicable to all HNC, Foundation Degree, BSc and BSc(Hons) awards.

Year 1

  • Personal Development 1
  • Mathematics for Technology
  • Technology A
  • Design Principles for Technology
  • Technology B

Year 2

  • Design Project
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Introduction to Manufacturing
  • Material Properties and Selection
  • Quality Management  and Control

Year 3

  • Personal Development 2
  • Product Creation Technology
  • Work-Based Project
  • Control Technology
  • Manufacturing Systems

Entry requirements

  • 48 UCAS tariff points.
  • Completed an Advanced/ Modern Apprenticeship.
  • BTEC National Diploma or Certificate qualifications.
  • Advanced GNVQ at pass grade.
  • Mature students with relevant experience.


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