About the FdSc Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineering programme
Advance your skills in refrigeration and air conditioning design on this unique course specifically designed to meet the UK skills shortage within the refrigeration industry. The course is unique within the UK and has been designed to provide underpinning knowledge and skills in refrigeration and air conditioning design at levels 4 and 5.
Applicants will require 64 UCAS points in an engineering related subject, or 60 Access-to-HE Credits (of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3). Applicants are required to hold English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent) at Grade C/4.
The Institute will also encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. Non-standard applicants would normally have extensive industrial experience within the engineering/construction sector with specific knowledge and/or skills related to refrigeration or air-conditioning systems. It would be ideal if they had already completed a level 3 module in engineering mathematics. All such non-traditional applicants will be interviewed, set an appropriate piece of work this will be a short assignment that aims to measure your knowledge and understanding of mathematic applications in an engineering environment and your rationale for the results and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APcL) or work/life experience or other uncertificated learning (APeL) – refer to the HE07 Admissions, Admissions Appeals and APEL.
International students must evidence they possess a satisfactory command of English language in terms of reading, writing, listening and are expected to have achieved Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR), as defined by UK Visas and Immigration.
What you will learn
Level 4 (Certificate Stage)
- Mathematics for Engineers
- Mechanical and Electrical Sciences
- Principles of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
- Management Planning
- Study Skills in Engineering
- The Philosophy of Controls
Level 5 (Diploma Stage)
- Research Project
- Advanced Mechanical and Electrical Sciences
- Applications of Refrigeration
- Applications of Air Conditioning
- Advanced Mathematics for Engineers
Learning & Teaching Methods
Core knowledge and understanding is acquired via lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, computer assisted learning, case studies, video and other multi-media presentations. There will also be a range of enrichment and practical activities aimed at enhancing a range of skills. The use of self-directed study and independent learning materials will also be used in some modules. Webinars of lectures will also be available along with online tutorials.
Throughout the teaching the emphasis will be made on context and application of theory to practice to a relevant engineering design/management environment. In the learning and teaching approach we will utilise FRPERC.
The course is unique within the UK and is ideally placed, geographically, to give you the best opportunity to move into employment within the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry. The combination of work related activity with theoretical delivery and practical skills development prepare you for employment within the sector.
There is currently significant demand for highly skilled refrigeration and air-conditioning engineers in the UK. Grimsby is home to two national employers within this sector, as well as a number of national food processing and manufacturing companies.
This degree is specifically designed with employers to ensure that the skills you develop on this course set you up for employment within the industry.
The course will provide the underpinning higher engineering skills, which will enable the student to progress to Level 6 studies at another HE institution or gain employment within the design/project or contracting fields in refrigeration and air conditioning industries. The Foundation Degree is designed to allow successful graduates to progress into the design area of the refrigeration industry. It has been designed to meet the skills shortage in the refrigeration industry and to provide successful graduates with the skills required to be able to design refrigeration and air-conditioning systems to meet the requirements of the customer.