Subsea and Offshore 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  HH36


The Foundation Engineering Degree (FdEng) in Subsea and Offshore 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.

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 Subsea and Offshore Engineering, 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 PRINCE2 (Foundation), Advanced Engineering Mathematics, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Engineering Design, Hydraulic systems and Commercial Awareness and Business Improvement.

On completion of the course graduates will have the skills, knowledge and understanding of the development and operation of subsea technologies and systems. You will develop the academic and practical skills required to apply sound engineering principles and analysis methods to the design and installation of subsea systems, and you will learn how to use and adapt appropriate analysis tools and techniques, specialist design software and standards for design improvements and performance optimisation.

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

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 the Subsea and Offshore industry. 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 topics relevant to the Subsea and Offshore sector. The course covers

elements such as the design of Subsea apparatus and the implementation of commercial awareness in the Subsea sector. 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 Subsea and Offshore 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

Year 1
Academic Study Skills (10 credits)
Engineering Mathematics (10 credits)
Introduction to Subsea and Offshore Engineering (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)Commercial Awareness and Business Improvement (20 credits)
Electrical and Electronic Engineering (10 credits)
Engineering Design (10 credits)
Professional Development (20 credits)
Work Based Learning (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.

Industry Average Salaries

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

Junior Level Role
Entry Level Subsea Engineer - £25,000-£30,000

Middle Level Role
Subsea Engineer - £30,000-£40,000

Senior Level Role
Lead Subsea Engineer - £40,000-80,000

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.