University Centre Grimsby

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineering University Centre Grimsby Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: The Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education


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Course summary

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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.
The programme will develop skills and provide the basis for the refrigeration and air conditioning engineer to use higher level skills and knowledge to design systems that meet customers’ needs, allows for data logging and remote access to automation systems and understand the impact of automation on the work place and the future of work. You will initially study higher mathematics and engineering science skills focused for their application as a refrigeration and air conditioning engineer, before applying these skills to solve sector specific problems.
Our excellent workshop facilities allow the student to build and evaluate systems and components which can be used to support theory learned in the classroom and additionally gain skills which can be used to enhance their employment.
The course would ideally suit existing level 3 qualified engineers who want to advance their skills in refrigeration and air conditioning design, whilst still working within the industry.
The Foundation Degree 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.

Course details


Level 4

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

Research Project
Advanced Mechanical and Electrical Sciences
Applications of Refrigeration
Applications of Air Conditioning
Advanced Mathematics for Engineers

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 the experience of FRPERC.

Assessment method

Assignments have been designed specifically to assess the specific skills you will need within the module in an applied manner linked to industry expectations.

Assessments include written reports, practical tasks, presentations, formal examinations and online activities.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Accreditation of prior learning 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 applicants

The Institute recognises a wide range of entry qualifications as being equivalent to A’ level standard; if students hold a qualification not listed above please contact the Institute's admissions team on +44 (0) 1472 311222 ext. 434. 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.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points 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 mathematics applications in an engineering environment and your rationale for the results and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £8,500 Year 1
EU £8,500 Year 1
International £7,800 Year 1
England £8,500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,500 Year 1
Scotland £8,500 Year 1
Wales £8,500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Accommodation costs are £85-105 per week.

Provider information

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DN34 5BQ

Course contact details

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0800 315 002

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