FdSc Production and Manufacture Engineering

Petroc is one of the largest colleges in Devon and is committed to driving forward educational success in further and higher education. 

We are passionate about raising the aspirations, knowledge and skills of individuals, and year after year our students produce exceptional results, enabling them to progress further in training or employment. 

Petroc has been delivering a range of degree-level courses for over 30 years and is proud to be able to provide a wide variety of programmes (from HNCs and Foundation Degrees to Higher Apprenticeships and Honours Degrees) in subject areas including education, computing, science, engineering, and health and care. 

Petroc has three campuses situated across North and Mid Devon with modern and stimulating learning environments. We also offer small classes, extensive student support and exceptional links to local industry. 

Visit the Petroc website to find out how we can help you go further in life.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Analytical Methods (PETR1092)

      This module focuses upon the mathematical strategies and processes involved in solving a wide range of engineering problems. Develops analytical and algebraic skills transferable to engineering subjects. Gives students the analytical tools to solve problems in their own field and also exposes them to the application of complex number, matrix methods, calculus and statistics across engineering.

    • Engineering Science (PETR1093)

      This module provides an introduction to solid mechanics and energy systems so that students will have a firm base from which to work when they under take further studies.

    • Engineering Graduate Skills (PETR1140)

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skills necessary for appropriate academic work and employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles. Students use reflective techniques to inform and evaluate progress.

    • Mechatronics (PETR1141)

      On successful completion of this unit students will be able to explain the basic mechatronic system components and functions, design a simple mechatronic system specification for a given application, use appropriate simulation and modelling software to examine its operation and function, and solve faults on mechatronic systems using a range of techniques and methods

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Research and Context (PETR1090)

      This module enables students to gain knowledge of theory, principles and transferable skills, to support an emerging professional practice. The application of that knowledge will embrace written responses and portfolio building (PDP). Students will demonstrate awareness of their subject sector, its contemporary and traditional practice, employability and entrepreneurial requirements

    • Robotic and Automation Systems (PETR2110)

      This module extends on mechatronics fundamentals to develop appreciation and the analytical skills to assess the suitability of robots, automation components and systems are fit for purpose, use various methods to assess the appropriate programming and set up for safe operation.

    • Manufacturing Systems (PETR2127)

      This module introduces students to the concepts of modern industrial management and control philosophies to manufacturing plant.

    Optional modules

    • Engineering Materials (PETR1094)

      This module provides an introduction to material characteristic and classification. Develop knowledge and understanding of the relationship between observation and materials testing technique. To take account of the requirements of destructive and non-destructive testing. Students will have a firm base from which to work when they under take further studies.

    • Advanced CAD Techniques (PETR1143)

      This module develops both 2D and 3D modelling skills and the use of computer simulation in support of engineering tasks. The principal activity will be developing a portfolio of engineering drawings and designs by working through graded tasks. Students’ produce working drawings and designs, where some are used produce animations and analysis.

    • Mechanical Principles (PETR2129)

      This module introduces the student to an extended range of mechanical principles which underpin the analysis and design of engineering systems.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Production Management (PETR2111)

      This module investigates the functions, structures and inter-relationships of a manufacturing organisation. Learners will apply the skills of costing, financial planning and control associated with manufacturing processes. Learners will explore the principles and applications of business performance improvement using a range of different techniques and methodologies in order to improve value.

    • Level 5 Project (PETR2123)

      This module is an individual investigation of a specific problem in any of the engineering disciplines encountered in the programme. It represents a significant amount of work in which the student is proactive in managing their own learning and other resources needed to find a solution to the task which will normally relate to the student’s place of work

    • Manufacturing Processes (PETR2128)

      The module investigates the use of conventional and non-conventional forming and machining techniques used in component manufacture in modern engineering industry.

    Optional modules

    • Mechanical Principles (PETR2129)

      This module introduces the student to an extended range of mechanical principles which underpin the analysis and design of engineering systems.

    • Instrumentation and Control (PETR2130)

      This module introduces electrical and mechanical engineering students to basic instrumentation in terms of measuring system approach. Develops knowledge understanding sensor technologies in the application and determining the calibration requirements. Solve problems using modern control systems approach. Appreciate the major developments in digital technologies that impact on instrumentation and control.

    • Design Processes (PETR2131)

      This module consists of a lecture course including design methodology, information gathering and interpretation, and the design of a range of machine elements. Students work individually or in small groups on design assignments.

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 Petroc

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 Petroc to apply for this course:

Old Sticklepath Hill
EX31 2BQ

Tel: +441271345291

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 Petroc

With main campuses in Barnstaple, Tiverton and Brannams, if you decide to study at the combined college, you’ll be able to take advantage of increased resources and the plethora of learning opportunities associated with them.
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