Foundation Degree in Nuclear Engineering
Launched September 2011
This is a new approach to higher education, integrating academic and applied learning in an industrial context. It is the result of a partnership between nuclear employers, the University of Central Lancashire and regional providers to develop innovative and flexible delivery models for the FdEng Nuclear Engineering. The design is based on Cogent's Foundation Degree Framework Specification for Nuclear Engineering.
The FdEng Nuclear Engineering addresses engineering, management and behavioural skills through three focus areas: principle knowledge; functional skills and specialist knowledge.
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"We see foundation degrees as having an important role to play in recruiting, maintaining and developing the future nuclear workforce with the skills required to respond to the many changes and challenges the sector is facing."Alan Coley, Director of Capability, Babcock Nuclear Ltd.
Designed for organisations such as existing reactor operators, site licence companies, manufacturing and support organisations, decommissioning and new build consortia, the course will support the development of:
- Mature learners currently in the nuclear industry
- New entrants from the nuclear SMEs and supply chain
The FdEng Nuclear Engineering will be delivered by a regional provider network which includes:
- Bridgwater College
- Blackpool and the Fylde College
- Coleg Menai
- Sussex Coast College
The FdEng Nuclear Engineering has been endorsed by the National Skills Academy Nuclear.
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Unique features and benefits
Foundation degrees offer a flexible work-based approach to higher level skills. The FdEng Nuclear Engineering has incorporated innovative delivery models to ensure that your workforce can quickly apply what they learn back in to the organisation.
- Integrates technical and work-based skills with academic knowledge
- Shaped by employers
- Relevant to business needs of nuclear industry
- Flexible patterns of delivery
- Maximises the use of the workplace as a learning environment
- Applied learning in an industrial context
- Work-based career path
- Designed to meet current and future skills needs
- Opportunity to 'earn and learn'
- Support and build on existing industry recognised qualifications
- Develop industry and individual talent
- Recognises, rewards and supports recruitment and retention in the nuclear industry
A significant emphasis is put on the work-based learning element of up to 50%, with the learning outcomes based on workplace requirements through dialogue between regional providers and employers. This ensures there is minimal time away from the workplace and demonstrates the flexibility of delivery through a modular approach.
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Foundation degrees suit those with Level 3 qualifications seeking to develop their career and employees who have relevant experience (even if they don't have formal qualifications).
Coleg Menai £850 per 80 credits/year over three years. Total cost £2550
Bridgwater £1,800 per year, over two years and one term.
Sussex Coast College tbc
For further details on how to apply please contact
Alli Hunt, Industry Champion
tel: 07866 008067
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