School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences

FD (Engineering) Mechanical Engineering

FD (Engineering) Part-time 4 years, Full-time 2 years

This course employs a strong practical focus and a ‘knowledge then practice’ approach to learning, providing opportunity for knowledge gained to be strengthened with practical activities. 

This course employs a strong practical focus and a ‘knowledge then practice’ approach to learning, providing opportunity for knowledge gained to be strengthened with practical activities. 

FD (Engineering)
Start date(s)
25 September 2023,23 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Part-time (4 years),Full-time (2 years)
Campus location
South Staffordshire College Cannock Campus
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Why choose this course?

This course employs a strong practical focus and a ‘knowledge then practice’ approach to learning, providing opportunity for knowledge gained to be strengthened with practical activities. The University of Wolverhampton, in partnership with South Staffordshire College, boasts mechanical, manufacturing and mechatronic laboratory equipment alongside exemplary design and rapid prototyping suites, facilities which will be put into use across a flexible course, mindful of your abilities, qualifications and aspirations. Led by lecturers with a wealth of industry experience and supplemented by visiting speakers, external visits and real time case based activities, in conjunction with local employers and community organisations offering to develop your skills, attributes and experience, you will be able to take responsibility for your own independent work as an engineering technician.

What's unique about this course?

  • Taught in our state-of-the-art Telford Campus
  • Opportunity to gain experience with UWR
  • Access to open live project workspace and formula student
  • Accredited by Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE)

What happens on the course?

The educational aims for this course collectively strive to develop independence, creative talent, as well as the capability for continuing professional growth and self-learning. This ensures that graduates are equipped with the appropriate knowledge and enterprising capabilities to practise engineering professionally, ethically and sustainably.

Thus, the course will:

  • aim to develop in learners a range of knowledge and skills to enable successful students to operate in their respective fields in industry as Engineering Technicians
  • the Fd(Eng) programme also aims to form a foundation on which learners may build on in order to progress to undergraduate level if desired, and attain IEng of CEng status
  • aim to develop in learners the transferable skills necessary to operate effectively in industry especially self-reliance, self-discipline and a capacity for collaboration with other members of a team
  • aim to develop in learners the analytical and research skills necessary for mechanical engineering design, the ability to interpret results of testing and computer-based engineering analysis and an ability to reflect upon the shortfalls
  • inherent in this will be an ability to competently use and apply computer aided engineering design techniques and to manage modern technology
  • aim to develop in learners the knowledge and critical understanding of the established principles in Mechanical Engineering and understanding of the limits of their knowledge
  • aim to develop in learners the ability to evaluate critically the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems and to apply these in a work context
  • aim to develop in learners the ability to apply their knowledge and skills to new situations, including in the workplace.

Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £6165 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £6165 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £6165 per year 2023-24
Home Part-time £4110 per year# 2022-23
Home Part-time £4110 per year# 2022-23
Home Part-time £4110 per year# 2023-24

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Entrants to the programme will be expected to have the support of an employer and will need to demonstrate that it will provide an opportunity for work-based learning, e.g. a letter of employer support with the application form. For full-time students, arrangements will be made to identify an appropriate work placement in advance of admission. It follows that in order to undertake the assessment on the programme, a student must have access to an appropriate work environment (voluntary or paid; full-time, part-time or work placement). If during the programme a student loses their work or access to the workplace then alternative arrangements, if feasible, will be made as soon as possible. Whilst SSC will facilitate this as far as possible, fundamentally, it remains the learner’s responsibility to secure such access in order to complete the learning outcomes of the programme.

In addition, the general entry requirements are as follows:




  • GCSEs at grade 4 / C+ including Science, Technology or Mathematics

    Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

    • A Levels - DDE / CC preferably including Mathematics or Physics
    • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma in a Science or Engineering based subject - grades MPP
    • BTEC L3 Diploma in a Science or Engineering based subject - grades MM
    • Access to HE Diploma in a Science or Engineering based subject (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 (64 UCAS point equivalence, minimum 15 credits at merit and 30 credits at pass)

      Mature applicants, over the age of 21yrs, may be considered based on experience.


      In addition, applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component, or the nationally recognised equivalent.


Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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