Foundation Degree in Engineering (Nuclear)

The National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSAN) has worked with Portsmouth University and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to jointly develop the Foundation Degree in Engineering.  The universities, NSAN and employers have designed this FD to provide opportunities for progression for apprentices, new entrants and existing employees.

The course aims to deliver the particular educational needs identified by employers in the disciplines of; engineering, management, personal skills and some more specialised nuclear skills. 

The curriculum content has been developed in a manner that provides direct linkage to the final year of an accredited BEng (Hons), other Degree courses will also be available. Accreditation for IEng by IET will be sought.

What are Foundation Degrees?

  • Foundation degrees integrate academic and workbased learning.
  • They are designed in partnership with employers to ensure that they deliver the knowledge and skills relevant to businesses.
  • Foundation degrees are university-level qualifications (at level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework).

Who are Foundation degrees suitable for?

  • Employees from both within and outside of the Nuclear sector who have relevant experience (even if they don’t have formal qualifications).
  • Employees who have completed level 3 qualifications (for example, NVQ3 or an Advanced Apprenticeship) and want to achieve more.
  • School and college leavers who have completed level 3 qualifications and wish to gain an employment focussed degree.

Where will it be delivered?

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How long will it take?

If undertaken on a part time basis the Foundation Degree will take 3 years