Rail Engineering - FdEng [Full Time]

Level 5 - Foundation Degree or HNCs/HNDs or NVQ Level 5 or Equivalent

Subject Area Rail Engineering

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  H201


The FdEng Railway Engineering is a new qualification designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and practical skills to provide technical solutions across the railway network and includes the following engineering disciplines:
• The railway (infrastructure)
• Track (including minor works)
• Overhead line, electrification, signalling, telecommunications
• Traction, rolling stock and rail systems.

You will develop an understanding of how the railway works as an integrated, complex system in order to take proactive actions and decisions to avoid railway asset, equipment, process and systems failures and will include involvement in aspects of:
• The construction, installation, renewal, enhancement and modification of the railway.
• Fault finding and diagnosis, maintenance and replacement of a range of complex systems and components.
• Ensuring assets are installed, enhanced, replaced, maintained, tested and inspected to specification maintaining required records and making recommendations for and delivery of system improvements.

The programme intends to develop independent and critical engineers who are able to apply their knowledge and practical skills in a range of rail engineering contexts to help progress your career as a technician or engineer in the rail industry.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk.
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: The Rail Academy, Gateshead

Work Ready Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee you will have the opportunity to develop skills surrounding  professional qualifications and key industry competencies alongside your academic programme. These opportunities will be dependent upon demand.

Some modules have been mapped to cover the key competencies delivered in industry such as; NEBOSH which provides an awareness of health and safety and risk management, and Network Rail’s OLEC standards which provide the training requirements for anyone required to access OLE construction sites covering site access and egress procedures and on-site hazard awareness

Who the course is for

This course is suitable for engineering, maths or science students and mature students who wish to specialise in rail engineering. It will develop professional engineers with the multidisciplinary skills and ability to analyse current and future rail engineering problems.

The programme of flexible work-based learning offers unique skills and training opportunities to those who intend to gain employment within rail engineering and related sectors such as mechanical and electrical engineering and those within the supply chain.

Qualification Gained

FdEng Rail Engineering awarded by NCG

How to Apply


Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email international@ncl-coll.ac.uk

Course Content

Year 1:

Academic Study Skills, Work Related Learning,
Engineering Mathematics,  Strategic Thinking,
Railway Legislation and Regulations,  Technical Drawing for Engineers,  
Railway Infrastructure and Construction, Geotechnical Engineering and
Personal Development

Yaer 2

Railway Signalling, Strategic Leadership and Management , Advanced Engineering Mathematics, Monitoring and Fault Diagnosis of Railway Systems,
Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
Work Based Learning and
Professional Development

Learning Methods

Learning methods are flexible and varied and include practical workshops, assignment work, reports, projects, simulations, portfolios, presentations and examinations. Due to the nature and delivery of the programme you will develop a number of vocational competencies and key skills in order to become an autonomous learner. Modules are designed to assist you with your own personal and professional development and support your transition into HE and employment. In addition the mandatory modules will help you assume greater independence and responsibility for your own learning.

Local commercial rail engineering developments and projects, together with field trips will provide an enhanced curriculum in a vocational context that complements module delivery.

Assessment Methods

There will be a range of assessment methods designed to stretch and challange all students. There will be a mix of practical portfolios and projects and academic submissions, such as, controlled assessments and reports.

Progression Opportunities

On achievement of the programme students can either pursue a career as a rail engineer (technician/specialist/manager) in the rail industry or progress to a BSc (Hons) Project Management (Top-Up) (subject to validation).

Career Opportunities

The development of the FdEng Rail Engineering is in response to sector demand and national and local employment opportunities within the rail industry and will provide you with a competitive edge in your engineering career as a rail technician or engineer who can expect to be highly sought after by employers

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff Points in engineering, maths and/or science related qualifications such as; A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Level 3 Access to HE Diploma (Merit), Advanced Apprenticeship.

Applicants must have achieved grade C in GCSE maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.

Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 5.5 or the nationally recognised equivalent.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at gov.uk/studentfinance or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.