Renewable Energy Engineering - FdEng [Full-Time]

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

Subject Area Renewable and Subsea Engineering

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  H221


The Foundation Degree (FdEng) in Renewable Energy Engineering provides an excellent balance of academic and Industrial knowledge. FdEng courses at Newcastle College are designed to kick-start your engineering journey by enhancing and developing new skills, providing strong foundations in Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical, Industrial and system engineering skills, also developing softer transferable skills throughout the qualification which enables successful graduates to look, apply and get jobs within Engineering.

You will also have the opportunity to achieve additional ‘value-added’ professional qualifications such as PRINCE2 (Foundation) as part of your career development and could possibly start working towards achieving Engineering Technician (EngTech) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status to further improve your future employment prospects.

*Please note* PRINCE2® Foundation is additional to the course and may incur extra cost

The first Year (Level 4) of the foundation degree will give you multi-disciplinary theoretical, simulation and practical experience focusing on Engineering Mathematics, Understanding and Applying Engineering Information, Engineering Science, Introduction to Renewables, and Operation and Maintenance of Equipment.

Second year (Level 5) of the foundation degree will build upon previous knowledge and experience and Project management (incorporating Prince 2), Advanced Engineering Mathematics, Mechanical power transmission, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Hydraulic systems and Wind Turbine Design.

Renewable energy technology has become the focus of governments around the world as it is seen as a solution to addressing the ever-growing need for low carbon energy production.

On completion of the course graduates will have the skills and knowledge to be able to: design, plan and implement renewable energy solutions; analyse current and future energy demand; analyse economic, environmental and social aspects that affect the installation of renewable energy projects; and analyse current industry regulations and standards. Graduates will be able to apply for technician or engineer positions in both commercial and public sector organisations. Opportunities for employment exist in a wide range of industries, such as bio-energy, wind power, solar energy, wave energy, tidal energy or in the off-shore energy industry.

The course combined with a Top-up Bachelor’s level degree satisfies the academic accreditation for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status with The Institute of Mechanical Engineers. As part of this course you will be encouraged to apply for Student Membership of the IMechE which offers a range of benefits to students at no extra cost.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Energy Academy, Wallsend

Work Ready Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee you will be given the opportunity to work towards EngTech or IEng professional status with the Engineering Council, through a regulatory body. To further develop your work ready skills, we ensure that you get the opportunity to visit various engineering companies throughout your studies, to gain vital first-hand experience of how engineering theory is put into practice.

Who the course is for

This course is designed to prepare you for employment as an engineer specialising in renewable energy technology. In order to meet the needs of industry, the course contains sector skills core modules and specialist modules which focus on the principles and practical applications of expanding renewable energy technology. The course covers

elements such as the development and integration of wind, marine, biomass and solar technologies. You will also develop additional practical, presentation, debating, writing and thinking skills.

Qualification Gained

Upon completion of the programme you will gain a Foundation Degree in Renewable Energy Engineering from 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


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

Course Content

The FdEng Renewable Energy Technology will be delivered over the period of two academic years which is divided into two semesters each year.

Year 1
Academic Study Skills 10 credits

Engineering Mathematics 10 credits

Introduction to Renewables 20 credits

Personal Development 20 credits

Understanding and Applying Engineering Information 10 credits

Engineering Science 10 credits

Operation and Maintenance of Equipment 20 credits

Work Related Learning 20 credits

Year 2

Project Management incorporating PRINCE2 (Foundation) 20 credits

Hydraulic Systems 10 credits

Advanced Engineering Mathematics 10 credits

Wind Turbine Design 20 credits

Electrical and Electronic Engineering 10 credits

Mechanical Power Transmission 20 credits

Professional Development 20 credits

Learning Methods

Learning Methods include assignment work, reports, simulations, portfolios, presentations and examinations.

Progression Opportunities

Upon completion of the FdEng Programme you can progress to our BSc (Hons) Top-up in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering, or BSc (Hons) Engineering Management, as well as programs at other institutions.

Career Opportunities

Many career opportunities exist for those who successfully completing the FdEng programme including technician or engineer positions in the following renewable energy sectors: bio-energy, wind power, solar energy, wave energy, tidal energy or in the off-shore energy industry.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Merits in Level 3 Access to HE Diploma, Advanced Apprenticeship.* *Must be in Engineering, Maths and/or Science subjects.

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 Language 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 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 or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.