Foundation Degree (FdEng) Product Design and Development (UCAS Code: H153)
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Note: applicants not offering Physics at A-level should have a minimum of a grade C in GCSE Physics or Double Award Science.
Applicants with other qualifications, such as a BTEC National Certificate, a HNC or AVCEs, will be considered on their individual merits.
Those with industrial experience returning to education after a break may be considered, subject to 'Accreditation for Prior Learning' requirements.
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
If you are an international student and you do not meet the English Language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will develop the language skills you need to progress. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses. For a full list click hereBack to top
The Foundation Degree in Product Design and Development is a two-year degree offered by Belfast Metropolitan College in collaboration with Queen's University Belfast. Students will have the option of either seeking employment when they graduate, or transferring to Stage 2 of the BEng degree in Product Design and Development at Queen's, from where they can graduate with an Honours degree after two further years of study.
In order to remain competitive, companies have become increasingly aware of the need to launch new and improved products on a regular basis. To enable them to achieve this, they need graduates who are creative, and have the knowledge and skills required to translate ideas into marketable products that are technically sound.Back to top
The Foundation Degree in Product Design and Development is based on the same model as the Queen's degree. This means that the Foundation Degree develops students' creative skills, provides them with a scientific base and introduces them to relevant marketing and business issues. In addition, it integrates learning through project work that covers the product design and development cycle from the generation of an initial concept, through market analysis and design, to the manufacture of prototypes. As a result, graduates will have competence in all areas that are relevant to companies wishing to develop successful new or improved products.
The Foundation Degree involves a significant amount of active learning, where students work on assignments and projects, either individually or in teams. The College has excellent workshops and laboratories to support these activities, however, the most important feature of the Foundation Degree is the opportunity it provides for work-based learning, since every student undertakes an extended work placement with a local company as an integral part of the degree. During the placement, students become acquainted with all aspects of the operation of the company, spend time working in different areas, and undertake a major project on a topic of interest to the company.Back to top
Through the Foundation Degrees we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential. On the Foundation Degree in Product Design and Development we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
Assessment (general): The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations.
Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.Back to top
Students who seek employment after graduating with Foundation Degrees will have acquired practical and theoretical knowledge and a wide range of skills. Students will also have had the benefit of working in various roles within a company, and undertaking a major industrially-relevant project. As a result, graduates will be in an excellent position to pursue careers in many of the areas where Product Design Engineers are employed.
Further study by articulation to Year 2 of the BEng degree in Product Design and Development at Queen's will broaden students' options in terms of employment and create the opportunity to gain postgraduate qualifications.
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Progression: the Foundation Degree is principally designed to provide access to Queen's University for students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to enrol on the BEng Honours degree, and places are available to applicants with a wide range of qualifications. While Belfast Metropolitan College is responsible for teaching the modules in the Foundation Degree curriculum, students are fully enrolled in both the College and the University and have the same entitlements as other students at Queen's.Back to top