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Mechanical Engineering (FdEng, Solihull College)

Foundation Degree Fd(Eng)

This foundation degree (FdEng) in Mechanical Engineering has been developed by Solihull College and Oxford Brookes University, to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed for a technical or management career in the mechanical engineering industry.

This programme designed to offer flexible learning patterns and to enable students with a relevant Level 3 qualification in a Mechanical Engineering subject, or equivalent, to obtain a FdEng in Mechanical Engineering and, if desired, progress to a BSc(Hons) programme in Mechanical Engineering and practice in a career as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). The programme has been developed by Oxford Brookes University to meet increasing industry demand for employees with the right vocational knowledge and skills to add value to organisations. You will gain a wider and deeper range of skills and knowledge on this programme than through traditional courses. This will help you progress in the workplace or continue your studies to a higher-level degree course.

To find out more about what it is like to study at an Oxford Brookes partner college, visit our partnership course pages.

This programme, currently known as the BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering is being considered for accreditation by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for intakes of 2019 onwards.  The programme will have the new name BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering Design from September 2019.

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Solihull College

Course length

  • Full time: 2 years
  • Part time: 3 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time off-campus fee: 2018/19: £7,200. 2019/20: £7,350.

Home/EU - part time off-campus fee: 2018/19: £4,500. 2019/20: £5,010.

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Specific entry requirements

Typically entrants will possess:

  • National Certificate / Diploma or other full equivalent Level 3 qualification, in a discipline related to Engineering, minimum grade MM, plus a minimum of three passes at GCSE (grades A-C) including Mathematics at grade B or equivalent and English language.


  • Employment in an appropriate workplace setting with their organisation’s support for the programme.

Entrants with equivalent qualifications and experience will be accepted on an individual basis. Full-time students may be admitted with equivalent qualifications and experience subject to identifying suitable work placements.

Work-based learning is an integral part of the Foundation Degree programme. Thus, a key characteristic of a Foundation Degree is close co-operation with relevant employers. Entrants to the programme will be expected to have the support of their employer and will need to demonstrate the employer will provide the opportunity for work-based learning, e.g. a letter of employer support with the application form. For full-time students, arrangements will be made to identify appropriate work placement in advance of admission. It follows that in order to undertake the assessment on the programme, a student must have access to an appropriate work environment (voluntary or paid; full-time, part-time or work placement). If during the course of the programme a student loses their work or access to the work-place then alternative arrangements, if feasible, will be made as soon as possible. Whilst the college will facilitate as far as possible, fundamentally, it remains the learner’s responsibility to secure such access in order to complete the assessment on the programme.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

Applicants are normally interviewed and may be required to undertake numeracy and literacy tests as part of the assessment by the College, especially where experiential learning is used to support admission, to ensure that they possess the appropriate attributes to succeed on the programme and to check on the suitability of the work environment to which applicants have access.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

How to apply

International applicants

Apply direct »

For full-time study you can also apply through UCAS.

International applications

International students will normally have to study full-time unless they have full-time employment within the UK.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Find out more

For full details about studying Mechanical Engineering, please visit the College website.