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Not got the UCAS points required to start an undergraduate engineering degree? Returning to education or changing your career? Studying a foundation year is the ideal way to prepare for degree study, with successful completion granting direct access to the BEng (Hons) Renewable Energy Engineering degree.
By the time you start the full degree course you will have acquired an essential portfolio of academic and subject specific skills, giving you the very best chance of achieving a high-level degree.
The energy sector is a fast-growing industry with enormous potential in the short and long term. From renewable energy generation to the efficient use of energy in engineering systems such as cars, the engineering industry will require engineers with expertise in the environmentally friendly generation, distribution and efficient use of energy. Solent’s renewable energy engineering course will equip you with key engineering skills and knowledge to start your career in this area.
Energy is now a very valuable resource. Shifts in world attitudes to the use of fossil fuels driven by global warming and climate change has meant a change in emphasis to renewable sources of energy. In conjunction, there is a far greater effort to measure the energy efficiency of systems, products and buildings to ensure that operational costs are minimised and both environmental and financial savings are maximised.
Clean power generation is only part of the challenge - the engineering industry is facing an additional challenge to maximise the efficient use of energy whilst reducing reliance on fossil fuels. Government strategy and climate change action have meant that energy is more valued than ever.
This course aims to provide well-trained graduates with the skills and knowledge to work towards addressing these issues. Using a mix of classroom and specialist laboratory facilities, this course will give you a strong grounding in science and engineering theory, with an emphasis on renewable power generation methods, environmental impact, and the efficient use of energy in engineering and technology.
The first year is shared with all of our engineering degrees, giving you the opportunity to develop sound underpinning science and engineering skills in mathematics, mechanics, electrics, manufacturing, CAD and design processes, and professional skills. The second and third years of the course enable you to explore concepts in renewable energy, distribution of energy, and the efficient use of energy in engineering systems. This is complemented by additional work on the lightweight structures used in renewable energy technology and vehicle technology.
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years
This course has access to specialist facilities
You can study this course part-time
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year
The foundation year is intended for students without the UCAS points for direct entry and offers the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge you need to begin the BEng (Hons) Renewable Energy Engineering course.
This degree programme will suit those with a strong interest in engineering and environmental science, who wish to pursue a career in the fast-growing renewable energy sector.
Graduates will be well prepared for both STEM, general engineering and renewable engineering industries, and any branch of engineering which includes the efficient use of energy.
To aid study, students have access to our specialist facilities, including a 60m towing tank for wave generation and tidal turbine use; composite materials laboratory for construction of lightweight structures; and our materials testing laboratory.
Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.
In this module you will develop a range of key skills and knowledge designed to help you develop the underpinning knowledge and skills for the remaining modules of the course. This can be broadly categorised into: communication skills; collaborative skills; numeracy skills; information and communication technology skills and problem solving skills.
You will build on the Science and Engineering Foundation Skills module, exploring fundamental approaches to mathematics, such as numbering systems and Boolean logic.
You will study theoretical science and engineering related topics from a range of general areas related to the parent degrees supported by the course.
You will plan and undertake experiments, or validate numerical models, related to science and engineering related topics from a range of general areas related to the parent degrees supported by the course (these are outlined in more detail in the STEM Concepts and Processes (Theory) module).
This module is designed to help you to develop a range of transferable academic and career planning skills.
The learning on this module is primarily derived from an experiential approach, enabling you to apply the skills and knowledge from the other modules to the analysis of a real problem related to your interests.
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The renewable energy and sustainable engineering industries are growing, thanks to international requirements to combat climate change and greenhouse gases. Drivers such as the financial and environmental cost of energy are also resulting in a new emphasis in the efficient use of energy, from state-of-the-art racing cars, to road cars, to plant and machinery. Developments in renewable energy in wind, wave and tidal energy alone are expected to create tens of thousands of new jobs in the next decades.
International drivers such as the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive require the UK to supply 15% of its energy through renewable sources by 2020, with a Government intention to exceed this to ensure the security of energy supplies.
The UK is geographically placed to gain particular benefit from renewable energy, and as such the industry has developed in the UK. Currently in the UK there are 5,483 operational onshore turbines, and a further 1,465 offshore turbines demonstrating the scale of this growing industry.
The tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year are:
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