Three is the magic number for “unique” engineering course

A trio of Birmingham-based educational institutions have teamed up to offer a qualification boasting paid work placements along the way

Three second city institutions – South & City College Birmingham, University College Birmingham and the University of Birmingham – have joined forces to launch a new Foundation Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Officially announced on 23rd October 2018 at Bournville College – one of South & City College’s eight campuses, hosting 12,000 vocational students – the new degree was collectively developed by the three educational establishments and, they claim, offers a “unique pathway” for students looking to pursue a career in Mechatronics and Robotics.

The dedicated launch event was led by Sardul Dhesi, Deputy Principal of South & City College, who introduced numerous guests from each arm of the partnership.

Speakers included Mike Hopkins (Principal of South & City College), Alex Lofthouse (Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University College Birmingham), Kathy Armour (Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Birmingham) and Bob Howlett (Head of Faculty for Construction Studies & Technology, South & City College).

Paul Faulkner, Chief Executive of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, also showed his support.

Paid placements

Mike Hopkins said: “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.”

The two-year Foundation Degree will be taught at Bournville College, after which the students will progress on to a final year of an Engineering degree at the University of Birmingham. There will also be opportunities for paid summer placements with local employers.

A major aim of the programme is to boost students’ digital, technical and employment skills. Consequently, employers such as Alstom UK & Ireland, Telent and National Grid have contributed towards the development of the specialised course.

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