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Full Time Engineering (Nuclear) Foundation Degree - Level 5, (University of Central Lancashire)

Blackpool and The Fylde College

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Engineering (Nuclear) Foundation Degree - Level 5, (University of Central Lancashire) UCAS Code(s): H821 Qualification Obtained: Foundation Degree in Nuclear Engineering About this Course: Nuclear Engineering is a recognised branch of Advanced Engineering and is critical to Nuclear Industry and necessary to maintain UK Engineering excellence and the competitive level in the global economy. The School of Engineering and Computing have supplied education and training for the Nuclear Industry over many years and have a strong profile delivering HE across the range of Engineering and Computing. Evidence is based on the strategic significance of Nuclear energy towards addressing the ??OEC crisis'and the longer term energy requirements of the UK. Industry input is essential to ensuring that the Foundation Degree is developed in an appropriate ??-industry focused'manner and that candidates who wish to take the Foundation Degree in Engineering (Nuclear), will receive the most up to date and relevant trends in controlling and operating plant machinery and processes, whilst using the best resources and software available, to industry. Current Government thinking and the takeover of British Energy by EDF is to have up and running four new nuclear stations by 2017 creating new jobs within the building, generation and reprocessing industry. This FD will address the recognised skills deficit (Employer's Skills Surveys 2005 and the Regional Economic Strategy). The FD graduates will not only have the necessary technical skills valued by employers but will have enhanced transferable skills to enable them to develop in supervisory roles. The proposed Foundation Degree in Plant and Process (Nuclear) Engineering is an integral part of the expansion strategy to meet the skills need of employers in the Advanced Engineering sector, which in turn influenced the development of the College's successful bid to the Strategic Development Fund to establish the new HE Centre that is planned to open in September 2009. The proposal to Hefce identified that the College would be part of the Lancashire LLN and would bid for additional student numbers through Lancashire LLN to support the curriculum development for Advanced Engineering FD programmes to underpin their strategic investment. The programme has been designed to be attractive to students from FE programmes. The programme will provide a clear progression route from FE programmes within the School of Engineering & Computing. Currently there are six full-time National Diploma courses in three vocational areas; engineering, computing and motor vehicle. Other Schools, such as Construction and Academic Studies, also deliver level 3 provision to significant numbers. Many of these learners currently leave the College on completion, to progress into HE at other institutions outside of Lancashire. The part-time route would also be attractive to young people who have been forced to enter employment for economic reasons. We recognise this as an important market. Currently, there are no programmes available locally for Nuclear Engineering. The study of ??OESeamless Progression from FE to HE', a project sponsored by Teaching Quality Enhancement Funds, identified the real need to create more HE progression opportunities in the College. This would enable recruitment from our internal pool of local FE learners and thus widen participation in HE from our local communities. Even in the current economic climate there are skills shortages and long term career opportunities in the vocational fields serviced by this programme. The School of Engineering and Computing has well established links with employers, both locally and nationally. This employer engagement has been of critical importance to maintaining the currency in the curriculum. The exchange of information between the College staff and industry has facilitated both the restructuring of existing curriculum and also the development of new provision to service the tra

Engineering (Nuclear) Foundation Degree - Level 5, (University of Central Lancashire) UCAS Code(s): H821 Qualification Obtained: Foundation Degree in Nuclear Engineering About this Course: Nuclear Engineering is a recognised branch of Advanced Engineering and is critical to Nuclear Industry and necessary to maintain UK Engineering excellence and the competitive level in the global economy. The...

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