South Devon College

FdSc Engineering (Photonic and Optical Electronics)

Everything at University Centre South Devon (UCSD) is designed to maximise your employability and future career opportunities. Courses are created with local employers to ensure you learn industry-relevant skills and are delivered in small classes with regular one-to-one support, covering a range of study skills – it’s no wonder we’re recognised as a leading institution in the National Student Survey.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Computer Aided Engineering (SOUD2486)

      This module provides knowledge and understanding of how CAE software can be used to solve, improve and resolve product design and engineering problems for a wide range of industries. An overview through design for manufacture, parametric modelling and design simulation modelling, to the output of models for post-processing and final realisation onto Computer Controlled production systems. Each stage is supported with hands-on practice and realistic component requirements

    • Industrial Control and Automation (SOUD2487)

      This module introduces the student to the systems implemented in the industry to control processing tasks. The module will cover awareness of industrial systems from input (sensors) through processing (embedded, compact, modular and rack controllers) to output (actuators and drives).  

    • Engineering Build (SOUD2489)

      An introduction to the theory, practice and the application of engineering systems will be explored within this module focussing on the design, build construction and simulation. The module will also focus on practical skills within a system environment linked to the learner pathway.  

    • Engineering Business, Quality and Project Management (SOUD2490)

      This module provides students with an understanding of how businesses operate within the engineering sector. From Total Quality Management within engineering organisations such as Six Sigma techniques, resource management and lean manufacturing to the disciplines of successful Project Management. 

    • Independent Research Module (SOUD2491)

      This module provides students with the opportunity to plan, research, produce and reflect upon the findings of a research project relevant to their chosen Engineering pathway and/or Industry.   

    • Manufacturing Technology Techniques (SOUD2495)

      This module builds on previous learning of fundamentals and relevance of project management and design and manufacturing development. The module aim’s to provide knowledge in project management scheduling activities, securing appropriate resources, managing production budgets and implementing, monitor and evaluating engineering manufacturing processes. This also investigates advanced static and dynamic mechanical systems associated with manufacturing. 

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

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.
To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

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 South Devon 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. 

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 South Devon College

At the heart of the sunny English Riviera, we’re an award-winning Beacon status college. Add to that our ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted (in 2009), modern facilities and our larger-than-life Students’ Union, and you’re left with the perfect environment.
Plymouth students working on a group project