Engineering with Applied Digital Technologies - FdEng [Full-Time]

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

Subject Area Manufacturing Engineering

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  HH39


The Foundation Degree (FdEng) in Engineering with Applied Digital Technologies is a new and unique program that gives graduates a strong understanding of Engineering and how to use modern digital computing technologies within the engineering and manufacturing context.
The FdEng provides an excellent balance of academic and industrial knowledge to kick-start your engineering journey by enhancing and developing new skills, providing strong foundations in either Mechanical or Electrical & Electronics with Industrial and Digital skills.

On this programme you will also develop transferable skills throughout the qualification, which enables successful graduates to become proficient and searching, applying and getting employment within the engineering and manufacturing sectors.

A career in Engineering opens many industry doors and you can choose from varied career options in wide range of industries, such as design, manufacturing, military services, aerospace, automotive, rail, Control, Renewables energy, Subsea applications and specialist measurement techniques.

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: Rutherford Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is designed for those with a passion for entering the Engineering industry, or those wishing to further their career prospects who are currently working in engineering related roles. It presents an opportunity to manage transformational change within engineering as we move to Industry 4.0.

Qualification Gained

On successful completion of this course you will gain the FdEng in Engineering with Applied Digital Technologies awarded 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

Course Content

First Year (Level 4) of the foundation degree will give you theoretical, simulation and practical experience focusing on mechanical or electrical sciences, automation and information systems as well as network design fundamentals. These modules are underpinned by a practical knowledge in technical drawing, mathematics and workshop skills development.

Second year (Level 5) of the foundation degree will build upon previous knowledge and experience and studying with Advanced Science, Design and Power of either Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. Intelligent Systems and Applied Digital Technologies from within an engineering environment such as industry 4.0. Skills in Project Management and analysis of the local engineering sector with employability skills to help you gain employment.

Level 4 (year 1)

CMP111 Information Systems
20 Credits

CMP113 Network Design Fundamentals
20 Credits

ENG401 Maths
10 Credits

ENG421 Automation
20 Credits

ENG403 Mechanical Science
ENG402 Electrical Science
10 Credits

ACS100 Academic Study Skills
10 Credits

PRD100 Personal Development
10 Credits
Inc. Technical drawing for Engineers

WRL100 Work Related Learning
20 Credits
Inc. Advance Practical Skills

Level 5 (Year 2)

CMP211 Intelligent Systems
20 Credits

CMP250 Applied Digital Technologies
20 Credits

ENG511 Advanced Mechanical Science
ENG521 Electrical Electronic Principles
10 Credits

ENG512 Mechanical Power Transmission
ENG522 Electrical Power Transmission
10 Credits

ENG513 Mechanical Engineering Design
ENG523 Electrical Engineering Design
20 Credits

WKL200 Work Based Learning
20 Credits
Inc. Project Management

PFD Professional Development
20 Credits
Inc. Commercial & Business Systems


Learning Methods

Students will engage in learner-centred activities that focus on employability and personal development such as skills audits, role plays and presentations, together with encouraging both peer self-analysis and evaluation will enable continuous personal and professional development.

The academic programme is 2 years.

You will complete a total of 16 modules on the program, 120 credits in each academic year during the University Centre’s teaching weeks in:

Semester 1 (September to January)
Semester 2 (January – June)

Progression Opportunities

Students completing this qualification will be able to progress to a related top-up degree course or progress into their related career.

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.

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 6.0 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.