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The Foundation Degree in Marine Engineering develops the skills and underpinning knowledge needed for a rewarding career in the international maritime industry. Within world-class learning facilities, we offer an employer-focused programme of study fully aligned to the requirements of both the Maritime and Coastguard Agencies (MCA) and the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB). This will support your eligibility for a career as a Marine Engineering Officer.
This programme is only available to students sponsored by a shipping company or cadet training provider due to the work-based learning modules, which should be completed on board ship.
In addition to this programme providing a level 5 Foundation Degree academic qualification which integrates academic and work-based learning through close collaboration between employers and Blackpool and the Fylde College, you will also undertake a cadet training programme that runs alongside the academic award. You will cover topics such as STCW basic training and workshop training skills, alongside courses in first aid, fire fighting, high voltage scenarios, and rescue boat experiences.
The programme is delivered across 3 years and broken down into five phases: phase 1, 3 and 5 will be delivered at College whilst phases 2 and 4 will be spent undertaking Work Based Learning at sea. Industrial experience will normally be achieved through sea time when sponsored by a shipping or training company, meeting the MCA requirements. However, other maritime related industries may meet the requirements of the programme. If you intend to utilise this programme for reduced sea time requirements, then you must have a sponsorship in place prior to enrolling onto the programme, which will be done on your behalf by a sponsoring shipping company.
You can download the Programme Specification document to find out more.
To enrol on the foundation degree you need a minimum of 48 points under the UCAS tariff system. This must include subjects relevant to Engineering or Mathematics. GCSE Mathematics Grade B/6 or 5 or higher is also required.
Students who have completed a Level 3 Diploma in Shipping and Maritime Operations (marine Engineering) as part of a direct entry programme are also eligible to enrol onto the Foundation Degree Marine Engineering.
In order to complete this programme and gain a certificate of competency you will require sponsorship by a shipping company or training provider. This is to ensure you are able to accrue the necessary sea time for the purposes of certification.
FdEng Marine Engineering
For information about modules and assessment, please see the Programme Specification.
Teaching and Learning Methods
The programme is delivered through a wide range of teaching methodologies to suit every type of student whilst ensuring those most appropriate for each module and learning outcomes are implemented. Aligned outcomes ensure that you are given the opportunity to learn holistically to integrate modules, reflect and support further progression. A key element of all learning is your involvement in and ownership of your learning. It is essential for you, as a student, to engage with your learning to apply your knowledge to best prepare you for your industry.
Employers seek graduates who are flexible, innovative, problem solving and who can work co-operatively with good communication and management skills. These attributes will be developed, challenged and refined during the course to enhance your employability.
Module content will be delivered in a variety of ways in order for you to gain deeper understanding of the module content. This may be through face to face lectures, virtual learning, seminars, case studies, academic research, practical skills in our workshop/Marine Engineering Centre and simulation exercises in our state-of-the-art engine room simulator.
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Work placement must be agreed prior to enrolment onto the programme; this would typically be with a shipping company through a sponsored cadet programme in order to achieve the required reduced sea time. Alternatively other industrial placement must be in an engineering environment either as agreed by the programme team or the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) in the cases of cadet programmes.
The Foundation Degree is delivered as a 3 year full time sandwich programme with 5 phases; phases 2 and 4 will give appropriate time to learn in the workplace, apply Foundation Degree theories gained during College phases and conduct analysis and reflection of learning throughout. These phases will typically be referred to as Sea Phases.
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
You are expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Candidates will need a calculator - the college approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX- 85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source.
You will require access to a computer or laptop with internet access. Learning Resources are provided onsite and free for students to use Monday to Friday.
Other equipment during your programme will include personal protective equipment for workshops, such as boots, gloves and overalls and are provided by the college.
All staff involved in the delivery of any courses within the College are approved to teach and/or assess the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering and/or assessing a given programme are appropriately qualified, with relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
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Regulation and Accreditation
Accrediting Institution: N/A
Awarding Body: The University of Lancaster
Terms and Conditions
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