South Devon College

FdSc Engineering Technologies

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.

In 2017 UCSD was awarded ‘Gold’, the highest level possible, by the Teaching Excellence Framework which recognises outstanding teaching within our university-level curriculum.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • SOUD1214 Mechanical and Electrical Concepts

      An introduction to Mechanical and Electrical systems to provide the broad understanding for both Mechanical and Electrical Students required in industry. DC and single phase AC circuit theory will sit alongside static and dynamic mechanical theory to give a comprehensive introduction for further study.

    • SOUD1287 Applied Mathematics in Engineering

    • SOUD1288 Industrial Control and Automation with Applications

    • SOUD1385 Developing Research and Practice

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • SOUD1216 Management Theory and Practice of Health, Safety and Risk Assessment

      This module concentrates on the management systems applied in industrial scenarios for the planning, implementation and control of health and safety systems. Particular emphasis will be placed on selection and application of procedures for industrial applications appropriate to UK and EU legislation and risk management requirements.

    Optional modules
    • SOUD1218 Analogue Electronics

      This module provides the basic understanding students require for further study in the field of Electrical Engineering. Focussing on the requirements of circuit design for transistor amplifiers, operational amplifiers, filter circuits and power electronics.

    • SOUD1289 Electrical and Electronic Science

    • SOUD1290 Mechanical Science

    • SOUD1291 Introduction to Materials

    • SOUD1384 Introduction to CAD

    • SOUD1385 Developing Research and Practice

  • Year 3
  • Core modules
    • SOUD2163 Sustainable Engineering

      This module introduces the learner to the impact engineering activities have on the environment and the controls that restrict the engineering activities that business can operate. Current climate change regulation will be covered ¿ including EU and global agreements. Link social, ethical, environmental, energy and material constraints to sustainable design.

    • SOUD2166 Computational Mathematics

      This module is designed to enhance and expand student's analytical process by encouraging the use of computer based programs to solve engineering problems and introducing advanced manipulation techniques.

    • SOUD2233 Business Management for Engineers

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • SOUD2165 Independent Research Project

      This module provides students the opportunity to plan, research, produce and reflect upon the findings of a research project relevant to the Engineering Industry.

    Optional modules
    • SOUD2169 Product Design with CAD and CAM applications

      This module provides a complete route through design for manufacture, using both 2D non-associative design and Parametric modelling, to 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.

    • SOUD2234 Polyphase Systems and Applications

    • SOUD2235 Electrical/ Electronic and Digital Applications

    • SOUD2236 Manufacturing Materials

    • SOUD2335 Mechatronics

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 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. 

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.

Find out more about studying at South Devon College