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Foundation Degree in Engineering

Course level: 
Qualification type: 
Higher Education
Subject area: 
Foundation Degrees
Awarding body: 
University of Portsmouth
3 years
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Course Content:

At Alton College on the Foundation Degree in Engineering you/your employee will study a combination of level 4 & 5 units. The Foundation Degree is two thirds of a standard Degree. There are various options available to top this up to a standard degree through the University of Portsmouth after the 3 years:

1st Year
Engineering Design
Mechanical Electrical and Electronic Principles 1
Mathematics 1

2nd Year
Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic Principles 2
Mathematics 2
Manufacturing and Materials
Digital and Analogue Electronics

3rd Year
Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic Principles 3
Business Context
Work based Project (Double Unit)

Studying at Alton College:

The small class sizes and teacher driven approach give a focus and high level  support  unusual  to Higher Education study. There is a small proportion of hands on studies with the majority being academic lessons. We have a variety of learners on the course from apprentices to those further on in their career wishing to upgrade their qualifications. We can take in learners with other level 4/5 qualifications and consider exemptions for units.

An interview is required before you can enrol on this course.


17% Project, 33% course work, 50% exams.

Entry Requirements:

Level 3 qualification either  A Levels  (A-C Maths and Physics plus A-D in one other subject)  or a Level 3 BTEC in Engineering at Merit preferable Distinction grade in Maths.  Applications from those with suitable industry experience will be welcomed in place of those above.

Please contact Barbara Cox,

Course Costs:

£3600 a year payable to Portsmouth University


This is a work based qualification requiring day release (1 day a week) and a workplace mentor with support for the Project in year 3.
It is a University of Portsmouth Qualification delivered here by Alton College Teachers.
Applications made directly to UOP via their website.

The External Examiner's report on Alton College's teaching of this course states:

“I felt that the student performance was generally very impressive, but it is clear that effective grading is taking place. Examples of student work were of a good standard, appropriately graded and helpful feedback had been given to the students. I felt that the physical model-pieces offered by the students from the CADCAM module were particularly impressive. I was also very pleased, if a little surprised to see that all student work had been double marked, a QA protocol which considerably exceeds the normal sampled moderation.” 

Students are entitled to view the whole report on request. 

For more information about the course, please visit the unistats website.

Unless your tutor informs you otherwise, classes will not be held on College closure days. Details regarding these dates can be found in the Adult Student Handbook or on the General Information page.


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