City College Plymouth

FdSc Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy

A friendly, supportive higher education community is what we’re all about. Small classes. Personal tuition. Dedicated and enthusiastic tutors and lecturers delivering courses designed with employers. And it’s all in partnership with Plymouth University. 

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CFD119 Sustainability and Energy Business Management

      This module introduces concepts of sustainability and current energy / business management techniques within the realm of current professional practice taking into account developing environmental legislation in the engineering sector. The module is partly project and case study based investigating different industrial scenarios taking into account legislative requirements, applied business and energy management techniques. Case studies investigate the management of energy generation, energy conservation, energy recovery and waste issues within the context of current protocols and the allocation of carbon allowances.

    • CFD120 Analytical Methods

      To develop the student's mathematical ability and to apply principles to the solution of engineering problems and to make use of mathematical computer based packages.

    • EFD111 Digital and Analogue Devices and Circuits

      This module provides learners with a practical understanding of a range of digital and analogue devices and circuits in common use within Electrical/Electronic Engineering Systems.

    • REN114 Renewable Energy Principles

      This module introduces the basic principles of electrical practice, installation, and testing for renewable energy systems to provide underpinning knowledge for progression onto stage two studies in renewable energy systems.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • EFD108 Microprocessor Systems and High Level Programming

      This unit is intended to give learners an understanding of the general principles and concepts of programming in assembly language and high level language, to create and test simple programs.

    • EFD112 Science and Measurement

      After an introduction to applied science within the context of electrical and electronic engineering this module introduces the principles and practice of Instrumentation, Measurement and Test. The student will develop an underpinning knowledge of scientific analysis and thereafter instrumentation techniques and measurement methods.

    • EFD206 Electrical Power

      Evaluate techniques and applications used in electrical power engineering from generation to utilisation incorporating energy management and control systems.

    • EFD208 Applications of Power Electronics

      This module provides introduction to the principles, techniques and applications of power electronics. After an initial exploration of power device characteristics and application the student will be evaluate and analyse electronic power circuits for the control of AC/DC motors, Inverters, SMPU, industrial control and protection.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CFD200 Research Project

      This module enables students to gain specific skills in the design, build, test and evaluation of an engineering project. Thereafter the student will be given the opportunity to develop aspects of project design to include additional technical elements or functions. Generic skills include the use of industry standard CAD tools, project construction and software development.

    • EFD201 Further Digital Electronics

      This module is intended to develop combinational and sequential logic design techniques, making use of industry standard Electronic CAD tools, and to introduce software for Programmable Logic Devices.

    • REN208 Electrical Design and Standby Power Systems

    • REN210 Renewable Energy Systems

      This module describes techniques and applications used in the design of renewable energy systems within the context of professional practice as defined by current IEE regulations and the Energy Savings Trust.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with City College Plymouth

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with City College Plymouth

Just one-and-a-half miles from Plymouth University, we’re one of the largest colleges in the South West, with two main sites linked by shuttle buses, with a dynamic Students’ Union and Student Liaison Team.

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