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Mechatronic Engineering Foundation Degree (FdA)

About the course

The course will enable you to learn how mechatronics systems work from design to build. You’ll hone your skills in systems design, development, and optimisation by working on a variety of projects.

You will learn to design and manufacture products efficiently. You’ll also acquire project management and commercial skills that will make you a well-rounded, engineer career-ready for the engineering industry and beyond.

*Modules are subject to change and availability.

This Course is a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ)

Our HTQs have been developed with employers to ensure our students are receiving the most relevant skills and knowledge they need to progress in their career after graduation.

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Entry requirements

UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).  2 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above in English and Maths.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University. 


UCAS Tariff points acquired from BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are accepted.

Access to HE Diplomas at overall Pass grade are accepted.

Level 3 Engineering qualification.

UCAS Tariff points from the Irish Leaving Certificate are accepted.

UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted.

UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted.

How much does it cost?

University Centre Harlow currently charges an annual fee of £7750 for all of its degrees.

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available.

If you are over 19 you may access a student loan for the fees and maintenance.

The Student Finance England website has full details and you can use their calculator to see what help you may be entitled to.

*There may be additional costs for this course

Awarding Body

Anglia Ruskin University

Why study?

This course is for those who would like to work within the engineering field.  

The course is project-based and focuses on the use of engineering tool kits and product development from start to finish. You will analyse, develop, and optimise mechatronics systems and build multidisciplinary skills in electronics and mechanical engineering that, ultimately, will prepare you to work in a broad range of sectors.

This is a great opportunity to get hands-on and develop proficiency in design and manufacture, as well as valuable transferable skills that will distinguish you in the workplace.

This exciting foundation degree can help you start or advance a rewarding career.

Where will this course take me?

  1. Mechatronics Engineer (with top up degree) 
  2. Computer Engineer
  3. Software Engineer
  4. Mechanical &/or Electrical Engineering
  5. Engineering Systems Management

Core modules

  • Introduction to Mechatronics
  • Engineering Skills
  • Design and Manufacturing Project
  • Materials Composites and Mechanical Structures

*These modules may be subject to change

Optional modules

  • Product Development and Quality Project
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Mechatronics System Design

How will I be assessed?

The mechatronics engineering FDA includes hands-on activities and learning about fundamental engineering topics, as well as concepts of design and project management. You’ll focus on materials and composites, manufacturing, and understanding of mechanical engineering concepts, as well as introductory mechatronics and electronics.

You’ll undertake a design and manufacturing project that will teach you how to identify, analyse and assess engineering challenges, while developing the skills to critically appraise problems accurately and holistically from end to end. You’ll work with colleagues and build strong interpersonal, communication and project management skills.

This gives you the opportunity to begin to experience a real-world engineering environment from the start.

Assessment is conducted on an ongoing basis and includes a combination of coursework, presentations, reports and some exams or in-class tests. You will receive structured, insightful feedback throughout your degree course.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

For general enquiries, or advice, please contact the Harlow College Admissions Advisers on 01279 868100