Renewable Energy Technologies - FdEng (Full-Time)

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

Subject Area Renewable and Subsea Engineering

School Engineering

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  H221

UCAS Code  H221


The Foundation Degree (FdEng) in Renewable Energy Technology 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.
The first Year (Level 4) of the foundation degree will give you multi-disciplinary theoretical, simulation and practical experience focusing on Engineering Mathematics, Drawing Systems, Electrical Science, Mechanical Science, Introduction to Renewables, and Machine tools and fabrication.
Second year (Level 5) of the foundation degree will build upon previous knowledge and experience and Project management, Further renewables, Mechanical power transmission, Electrical power transmission, Control 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 economical, environmental and social aspects that effect 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 National Students Survey (NSS) undertaken independently by Ipsos MORI gathers information from undergraduate students asking individual student to provide feedback on their course and institution. Newcastle College for academic year 2015-16, achieved a 97% student satisfaction rating for Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Foundation Degree. Also, 100% students studying Foundation degree in Mechanical Manufacturing foundation degree last year have undertaken job offers or progressed with further Education qualification.
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 encourage 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:

If you would like to apply for this course starting in January 2018 you can complete the application form.

Start Date: 17/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Energy Academy, Wallsend

Work 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 Technology.

"I have received sufficient experience for me to take this to the next level, I am in pursuit of my career goals".

Eugene Robledo
FdEng Renewable Energy Technologies (Full Time)

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Entry Level Renewable Energy Engineer - £25,000-£30,000

Middle Level Role

Renewable Energy Engineer - £30,000-£40,000

Senior Level Role

Lead Renewable Energy Engineer - £40,000-80,000

How to Apply

Apply for September 2018

If you would like to study a degree at Newcastle College this September you can register your interest here. A member of the team will then be in touch with you to discuss your options.

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

Personal Development - 20 credits
Work Related Learning - 20 credits
Drawing System - 10 credits
Machine Tools & Fabrication - 10 credits
Electrical Science - 10 credits
Intro to Renewables - 10 credits
Engineering Maths - 20 credits
Mechanical Science - 10 credit
Academic Study Skills - 10 Credit
Power Electronics - 10 credit

Year 2

Professional Development - 20 Credits
Work based Learning - 20 Credits
Electrical Power Transmission - 10 Credits
Mechanical Power Transmission - 10 Credits
Project Management Principles - 20 Credits
Control Systems - 10 Credits
Further Renewables - 10 Credits
Wind Turbine Design - 20 Credit

Learning Methods

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

Progression Opportunities

Upon completion of the FdEng Program 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 program 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, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

Students studying the FdEng Renewable Energy Technology programme will need to supply safety footwear for use when working in the mechanical workshops, or visiting Engineering companies.

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.