Innovative Engineering course launched

College News and Communications
Monday, 03 December 2018 14:30

A brand new engineering course delivered by an innovative Birmingham partnership launched in 2018. 

The Foundation Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering has been developed by South and City College, 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 is taught at Bournville College, after which the students will progress onto the 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 Birmingham and Bournville College, said. 

The project 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.

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.”

This project builds on the recent opening of a state-of-the-art engineering centre at Bournville College, which trains students in mechanical and electrical engineering from Level 1 upwards.

With a huge demand for skills in engineering and shortage of supply, there has never been a better time to study an engineering course.

Inspired to launch your career in engineering? Visit and come to our Open Day on 23rd January 2019, 4pm – 7pm.

Innovative Engineering course