Newcastle College University Centre

Rail Engineering Newcastle College University Centre Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Newcastle College Group


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The FdEng Rail Engineering is a new qualification designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and practical skills to provide technical solutions across the railway network and includes the following engineering disciplines:
• The railway (infrastructure and trains)
• Track (including minor works)
• Overhead line, electrification, signalling, telecommunications
• Traction, rolling stock and rail systems.

You will develop an understanding of how the railway works as an integrated, complex system in order to take proactive actions and decisions to avoid railway asset, equipment, process and systems failures and will include involvement in aspects of: The construction, installation, renewal, enhancement and modification of the railway; Fault finding and diagnosis, maintenance and replacement of a range of complex systems and components; Ensuring assets are installed, enhanced, replaced, maintained, tested and inspected to specification maintaining required records and making recommendations for and delivery of system improvements. The programme intends to develop independent and critical engineers who are able to apply their knowledge and practical skills in a range of rail engineering contexts to help progress your career as a technician or engineer in the rail industry. As part of our work ready guarantee, you will have the opportunity to achieve professional qualifications and key industry competencies alongside your academic programme. These include; NEBOSH, which provides an awareness of health and safety and risk management, and Network Rail’s OLEC standards providing the training requirements for anyone, required to access OLE construction sites covering site access and egress procedures and on-site hazard awareness. This course is suitable for engineering, maths or science students and mature students who wish to specialise in rail engineering. It will develop professional engineers with the multidisciplinary skills and ability to analyse current and future rail engineering problems. The programme of flexible work-based learning offers unique skills and training opportunities to those who intend to gain employment within rail engineering and related sectors such as mechanical and electrical engineering and those within the supply chain. On achievement of the programme students can either pursue a career as a rail engineer (technician/specialist/manager) in the rail industry or progress to a BSc (Hons) Project Management (Top-Up) (subject to validation). The development of the FdEng Rail Engineering is in response to sector demand and national and local employment opportunities within the rail industry and will provide you with a competitive edge in your engineering career as a rail technician or engineer who can expect to be highly sought after by employers

Course details


Year One: Academic Study Skills, Engineering Mathematics, Maintenance Practices (incorporating H&S Legislation and Regulations - NEBOSH), Railway Infrastructure, Construction, Maintenance and Overheadlines, Railway Signalling Systems, Structural Mechanics and Materials, Technical Drawing for Engineers, Personal Development, Work Related Learning. Year 2: Advanced Engineering Mathematics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Monitoring and Fault Diagnosis of Railway Systems Railway Signalling Systems Testing, Maintenance and Overheadlines, Professional Development, Work Based Learning.

Assessment method

Learning methods are flexible and varied and include practical workshops, assignment work, reports, projects, simulations, portfolios, presentations and examinations. Due to the nature and delivery of the programme you will develop a number of vocational competencies and key skills in order to become an autonomous learner. Modules are designed to assist you with your own personal and professional development and support your transition into HE and employment. In addition the mandatory modules will help you assume greater independence and responsibility for your own learning. Local commercial rail engineering developments and projects, together with field trips will provide an enhanced curriculum in a vocational context that complements module delivery.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code H201
Institution code N23
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points
A level CC Engineering, Maths and/or science related subjects.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP Engineering, Maths and/or science related subjects.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Maths and English Language.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MM Engineering, Maths and/or science related subjects.
Scottish Advanced Higher CC Engineering, Maths and/or science related subjects.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,000 * Year 1
England £9,000 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 * Year 1
Scotland £9,000 * Year 1
Wales £9,000 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Newcastle College University Centre
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

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