Cornwall College

FdSc Engineering

The Cornwall College Group offers a wide range of undergraduate programmes across eight campuses throughout Cornwall and Devon, including Bicton College, Cornwall College, Duchy College and Falmouth Marine School. We offer specialist courses designed with employers and delivered by industry professionals. During your studies you will get the opportunity to work on live projects and start your career before you even graduate.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Analytical Methods for Engineers 1 (CORC193)

      This module will provide analytical mathematical knowledge concepts and techniques required by the students to enable successful use of fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, analysis, modelling and solutions to engineering problems.

    • Engineering Science 1 (CORC194)

      Investigates a number of major scientific principles, which underpin the design and operation of engineering systems. Broadly based, it covers both mechanical and electrical principles.

    Optional modules

    • Business Management Techniques (CORC1016)

    • Communications and Electrical Principles 1 (FENG134)

      This module introduces passive and reactive devices, DC and AC circuit principles, elementary electric and magnetic field theory, basic transmission lines and makes use of appropriate contexts including a range of methodologies and systems for visual and textual information transfer.

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Instrumentation, Control and Automation (CORC1244)

      This module develops an understanding of the development and integration of modern instrumentation, control and automation systems.

    • Engineering Applications in a Business Context (CORC1245)

      A module designed to apply engineering concepts within a business context, in order to produce the specification and design of an engineering product, service or system.

    • Manufacture and Materials 1 (FENG137)

      This module provides an introduction to manufacturing and materials. it includes primary and secondary forming processes and introduces the concept of process structure property relationships in engineering materials.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Analytical Methods for Engineers 2 (CORC2202)

      This module will build upon the analytical mathematical knowledge concepts and techniques learnt by the students in the first year of their studies. It will enhance their ability to apply the skills they have learnt in trigonometry and calculus and introduce new concepts such an numerical analysis, vector geometry, matrices and 2nd order differential equations to enable the analysis of more complex engineering problems.

    • Engineering Project (CORC2222)

      This module allows students to undertake a sizable project in engineering in a planned and managed way. This individual project will be work-based, providing an opportunity for students to focus on the chosen area of specialisation.

    • Engineering Science 2 (CORC2223)

      This module builds on the learning from Engineering Science 1, providing further, more in-depth investigation of the scientific principles which underpin the design, development and operation of mechanical engineering systems.

    Optional modules

    • Engineering Design (CORC2194)

      This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop principles and techniques, including CAD, learned at Level 4 to consider the design and manufacture of mechanical engineering components.

    • Manufacturing Systems (CORC2195)

      This module provides leaners with an understanding of manufacturing systems methods used by world-class manufacturing companies and provides opportunity to apply those methods in order to effect change in a sustainable way.

    • Electrical Engineering Principles (CORC2196)

      This module introduces passive and reactive devices, DC and AC circuit principles, elementary electric and magnetic field theory. How electrical energy is employed in applications with reference to power transformers, circuit protection, and induction motors.

    • Electronics (CORC2197)

      This module provides an introduction to the principles and applications of analogue and digital electronics and instrumentation. The module will cover discrete and integrated semiconductor devices, operational amplifier circuits, sequential and combinational digital circuits, and gives an introduction to analogue-to-digital converters, sampling theory and the selection and use of sensors.

    • Control Systems (CORC2198)

      This module aims to provide an introduction to feedback control and the methods of relating output functionality with input data. The sensing of variables and the processing of information using modern Programmable Logic Controllers is presented.

    • Marine Technology (CORC2199)

      This module introduces the student to marine propulsion systems to include a range of power generation devices, transmission systems and propulsion devices. It will also look at the fundamental design of propulsion systems and their applications within the marine industry with regard to environmental issues.

    • Naval Architecture (CORC2200)

      This module enables learners to understand basic ship construction methods, the effects on vessel stability of small and large angles of heel, to consider the effects of compartmental flooding on ship stability. Learners will explore the static and dynamic forces in ship structures, and examine their effect on buoyancy. Basic factors of propulsion and resistance to ship motion are used to provide estimates for power and fuel consumption.

    • Maritime Operations (CORC2201)

      This module is intended to introduce the learner to the processes, communication systems and planning required to undertake marine operations.

    • Mechanical Engineering Principles (CORC2203)

      The principles are taught in the context of applications relevant to mechanical engineering and include stress analysis, solid dynamic analysis, momentum and energy, fundamentals of thermodynamics, operational principles, uses and limitations of common energy consuming equipment.

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.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

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. 
Our partnership with Cornwall College
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 Partnerships 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. 

Please contact Cornwall College to apply for this course:

Cornwall College
Tregonissey Road
St Austell
PL25 4DJ

Tel: +448452232567

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Cornwall College

Looking to study a specialist subject at university level? Want to do it in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Our wide range of courses gives you the chance to pick up the skills and experience you’ll need for your chosen profession.

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