A brand new engineering course delivered by an innovative Birmingham partnership is to be launched on 23rd October.
The Foundation Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering has been developed by South and City College Birmingham, University College Birmingham and the University of Birmingham. Employers such as Arup, Alstom UK and Ireland, Telent and National Grid have contributed to the development of the unique course, which will boost students’ digital, technical and employment skills, alongside core academic content. The course with two pathways, one in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the other Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering, will also offer opportunities for paid summer placements with local employers. The two-year Foundation Degree will be taught at Bournville College, part of South and City College, after which the students will progress onto a final year of an Engineering degree programme at the University of Birmingham.
‘This unique programme provides a fantastic new route to the University of Birmingham for many of our students as well as helping meet our regional skills needs. We pride ourselves on the quality of teaching in Engineering – our lecturers have vast experience of the sector and many hold PhD qualifications.’ Mike Hopkins, Principal of South and City College said.
Funded by Higher Education Funding Council for England, the project is designed to support the aims of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Furthermore, it will plug the gap in provision between further education colleges, which tend to take more vocationally focused students, and research-intensive universities, which traditionally admit more academically focused students.
‘To further support student’s studies, UCB’s Centre for Academic Skills team will provide high quality provision in the form of a compulsory study skills course covering key areas such as report-writing, presentations, advanced grammar, referencing and exam strategies. In addition, online materials to further develop study and employability skills will also be available consisting of sessions on CV, cover letter writing and interview strategies.’ Alex Lofthouse Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at University College Birmingham said.
Professor Andy Schofield, Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham, added:
‘We are delighted to be partnering with other local higher education institutions to help give students a new route into the University of Birmingham and open up access to study here. We are passionate about providing our students with the best opportunities and experiences. With this programme, we are helping to address the skills gap in engineering, improving the industry’s diversity, and are proud to be instrumental in educating future talent.’