Marine Electrical and Electronics Engineering - Foundation Degree


Course Code: MH1HE92


Maritime and Nautical

Next course dates

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
22/02/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus3 Years/ £7,250 per yearApply   
10/09/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus3 Years/ £7,250 per yearApply   
21/02/2025Fleetwood Nautical Campus3 Years/ £7,250 per yearApply   

Course Overview

The Foundation Degree Marine Electrical and Electronics Engineering programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge required for a career within the maritime industry.

The alignment to industry bodies will ensure you meet all the required Foundation Degree outcomes to support a career at sea which, when coupled with additional vocational training, will support your eligibility for a career in the field of Marine Electrical and Electronics Engineering, such as that of an Electro-Technical Officer. This programme is aligned to support your progression through knowledge acquisition at Operational level and onto Managerial level, as directed by the Standard of Training, Certification and Watch keeping (STCW) 1978, as amended 2012. This is achieved by meeting the requirements of the Maritime and Coastguard Agencies (MCA) and approved by the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB).

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, firefighting, high voltage scenarios, and rescue boat experiences.

You can download the programme specification here.

Entry Requirements

Due to the nature of the programme it is expected that you have work placements in place;  this is typically through a sponsoring shipping company although non-sponsored entrants may arrange appropriate alternative work placements to support a Foundation Degree in Marine Electrical and Electronics Engineering. The programme team will provide you with any required further support and guidance in this matter.

The shipping companies play a vital role in the application process through their interview and application procedures which may vary dependent on the company. To ensure consistency for application specific to B&FC, guidance is given on what the programme entry requirements are and the final decision for enrolment will always fall to the programme team. 

Entry for Level 4 - The minimum entry requirements for the programme are a minimum of 48 UCAS points with GCSE grade 6  in Mathematics, English and Science. Within the 48 points there must be at least one module relating specifically to a mathematics based subject area.

Holders of Level 3 Diploma in Shipping and Maritime Operations or other relevant subjects will also qualify for this route.

Qualification Obtained

FdEng Marine Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Career Options and Progression

B&FC  level 6 top up degree validated by Lancaster University

If you  wish to develop your knowledge in engineering and management, the B&FC level 6 top up degree validated by Lancaster University would be an ideal choice. The BSc (Hons) in Maritime Operations Management fits perfectly with current international and national maritime labour market trends. Latest international and national research convincingly demonstrates the demand for management level qualifications for both employers and employees. In addition, this development will undoubtedly contribute to the prosperity of the region. It offers excellence in curriculum design and innovation by co-creating content with the industry to ensure direct connection with work-based learning. The three pathways link directly to the roles in the sector, namely Nautical Science (Deck Officer), Marine Engineering, and Electro-Technical Officer. It offers a route for you to come ashore to continue in a shore-based shipping career in logistics, marine management or technical support. As a level 6 qualification, this top up also offers the opportunity for you  to move into other more generic roles, particularly in management or engineering in a range of other industries, This is possible due to the broad base of graduate attributes developed both through the programme and in the roles at sea.

BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering programme offered by Sheffield Hallam University

The BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering programme offered by Sheffield Hallam University has been also identified as a suitable progression route for you.

Assessment Methods

You can find our more in the Programme Specification.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The programme is delivered through a wide range of teaching methodologies to suit every type of student. You will attend seminars, lectures and simulation exercises in order to gain a deeper understanding of the module content. You will be provided with the opportunity to work in groups to critically analyse and solve problems and apply knowledge and understanding to a range of tutor and student-defined contexts. You will have the opportunity to work both independently and with peers in a supervised manner.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

As this is a 5 phase programme, you will be required to obtain a total of 8 months sea time during phase 2 and 4. Your sponsoring training provider or shipping company will facilitate this. You time at sea is an opportunity for you to take your underpinning knowledge of marine engineering and apply it in a shipboard context. Onboard ship, you can expect to be involved with assisting the day to day running of the engine room. This could include the overhaul of diesel generators, operating engineering plant and machinery, assisting with engineering operations such as bunkering and fresh water production and the attendance at daily engineering team meetings. During Phase 1, all students will attend a three day cadet development course, which aims to build their team-working, communication and leadership skills, as well as improve their situational awareness and decision-making capabilities.

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

In some cases, coursework and/or projects may be submitted electronically. Where it is not possible to submit electronically you will be liable for printing costs. There may be opportunities for field trips to conferences, exhibitions or for other interests. This is done through negotiation as new venues/locations/trips must be risk assessed and approved.

Expert Tutors

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.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: Blackpool and the Fylde College

Terms and Conditions

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