FdEng Industrial Engineering

Course details

  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 2 YRS (PT)
  • UCAS Tariff 48-72
  • Location Wrexham
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A student in our engineering labs using the equipment

Course Highlights

Flexible study

to fit around your employment


to industry-standard equipment in specialist labs

97% of graduates

are in paid work or study 15 months after graduating*

Why choose this course?

Designed to meet the needs of people working in engineering, this course is delivered on a part-time basis to fit around employment. It has been developed with employers from a variety of industries and incorporates a number of work-based modules.

You will:

  • Work with industry-standard technology.
  • Specialise in one of five pathways: automation and instrumentation, plant maintenance, mechanical, electrical, mechatronics.
  • Enjoy stimulating, interactive and challenging learning.
  • Gain an understanding of new and emerging technologies as well as a firm foundation in theory.
  • Study a course where 97% of graduates are in paid work or study 15 months after graduating* * WGU analysis of unpublished data.

You will achieve a foundation degree in only two years. There is an option of a one year top-up (Level 6) to obtain a BEng (Hons) in Industrial Engineering. This means that the overall cost will be less and you will graduate with a full honours degree in only three years (Level 6 top up subject to meeting entry requirements).

Engineering Council Accredited Degree

Key course features

  • You will be taught by a dedicated teaching team, many with industrial backgrounds.
  • Study flexibly on day release allowing you to fit study around work (check for availability).
  • Excellent links to industry and local businesses.
  • Investment of equipment from major companies and local suppliers.
  • Use industrial standard equipment in our specialist engineering laboratories.
  • Students will have a mentor regularly visiting the workplace.
  • The courses are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB) – The Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB) is made up of all the Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) that are licensed by the Engineering Council to accredit academic programmes for both Chartered Engineer and Incorporated Engineer status. The Engineering Council provides the secretariat for EAB.
  • 97% of graduates of this course are in paid work or study* *graduates surveyed 15 months graduating, WGU analysis of unpublished data.

What you will study



  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Science A
  • Work-Based Investigation and Training*
  • Operations Management*

Plant Maintenance Route

  • Plant Equipment Fundamentals

Electrical Route

  • Transducers
  • Diagnostics & Testing

Automation & Instrumentation Route

  • Transducers
  • Diagnostics & Testing

Mechatronics Route

  • Transducers

Mechanical Route

  • Application of Mechanical Systems



  • Engineering Science B
  • Project Management and Presentation Techniques*
  • Project*

Plant Maintenance Route

  • Process Control & Instrumentation
  • Power Distribution & System Design
  • Applied Engineering 

Electrical Route

  • PLC’s
  • Process Control & Instrumentation
  • Power Distribution & System Design

Automation & Instrumentation Route

  • PLC’s
  • Process Control & Instrumentation
  • Industrial Data & Network Design

Mechatronics Route

  • PLC’s
  • Industrial Electronics
  • Mechatronic Application

Mechanical Route

  • Metrology & Materials
  • Manufacturing, Design & Technology
  • Applied Engineering

*work-based modules

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

Our general requirement is UCAS tariff points of 48-72 but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications, as well as motivation and potential to succeed.

An academic qualification in engineering at Level 3 e.g. BTEC National Extended Diploma PPP will give 48 UCAS tariff points. An HNC in the relevant field may enable you to join the 2nd year of the course via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL).

Please state on your application form your preferred pathway after Industrial Engineering within the course title field. Eg. FdEng Industrial Engineering (Mechanical).

All applicants must be employed in an appropriate role/job function in industry. Advice and guidance to applicants regarding their appropriate experience and their industrial background will be offered by the admissions tutor. Personal experience is taken into account even if no formal education qualifications are held.

Teaching & Assessment

This foundation degree will not only cover the traditional theoretical aspects associated with engineering but also encompass new and emerging technologies that are crucial to maintaining efficiency in a competitive world market. You will take part in practical laboratory work and work-based learning in your workplace. Tutorial demonstrations and assessed practical work are also part of the course.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

The course will develop your intellectual and practical skills to meet the future needs of a rapidly changing technology and business environment. As well as continuing your professional development, the course prepares you for a career as a professional Engineer in industry, in roles such as:

  • Design Engineer
  • Automation Software Engineer
  • Test and Calibration Engineer
  • Commissioning Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Quality Control
  • Maintenance Management
  • Production Management
  • Mechatronic Systems Design Engineer
  • A management role in the industry

Fees & funding

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for an undergraduate degree course are TBC.

Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the FAQs section



If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

Subject to re-accreditation

External accreditation/recognition by Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) has to be renewed periodically for existing courses. The details on the website are based on the accreditation of the previous or current version of the course, and the anticipated updates are made as soon as they are known. The majority of courses that are still ‘subject to re-accreditation’ are approved as expected however, this is not guaranteed and should the accreditation not be approved as planned, or be significantly amended or delayed, you will be informed by the University. 

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