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					Nuclear Decommissioning
Foundation Degree
What’s on the Course?

The Nuclear Industry in the UK is         based at the Lakes College Campus,       How do I apply?
undergoing a period of significant        students taking the course will also
change. Many of the UK’s civil            be taught at the University’s site at
nuclear facilities are nearing the        the Westlakes Research Institute         Students should apply directly
end of their active life. The nature of   (close to Sellafield) and at the sites   to Lakes College by completing
these facilities means they cannot        of other decommissioning experts in      an application form or contact-
simply be switched off and knocked        West Cumbria. Successful completion      ing student services on 01946
down - they must first be carefully       of this Foundation Degree will           839300 or alternatively you can
cleaned up and the resultant waste        entitle the student to progress to top   fill in an online application.
put into secure, environmentally safe     up degrees in BEng Construction
and sustainable long term storage.        Project Management (delivered at the     All students can request an HE
Only then can the facility begin to be    University’s Preston Campus) and BSc     information pack.
dismantled and the site/environment       Nuclear Decommissioning Management
that it occupied be remediated and        (delivered at Westlakes, subject to      All students are guaranteed an
relandscaped. The whole process,          validation).                             interview at Lakes College to
from clean up to remediation                                                       arrange this or if you have any
is referred to as NUCLEAR               During the first year, you will study      other queries contact college.
DECOMMISSIONING.                        the underpinning sciences, the
                                        structure of the Nuclear Industry and
An inter-disciplinary activity, nuclear the importance of working safely in         What if I need support?
decommissioning requires an             a safety critical environment. In the
understanding of the principles of      second year, you will study business       The college provides a range of
nuclear physics, engineering, reactor and project management, reactor              additional support for students
design, radiation protection, safe      design, decommissioning techniques,        who would like extra help with
working, environmental remediation, waste management and environmental             their studies. If you need help
waste characterisation, disposal        site remediation. Optionality exists       in deciding what to study or
& treatment, business & project         and you may study robotics (on the         information on travel, finance,
management and the governance           technical route) or contract negotiation   childcare, personal or health
& commercial structure of the           (on the management route). In the final    concerns, please contact student
nuclear industry. This course covers year, you may have the opportunity to         services.
all of these areas, so equipping        conduct a decommissioning project in
students with the skills to eventually the workplace.
                                                                                   “Lakes College is committed to
become effective decommissioning
                                        The Course at a Glance                     eliminating any form of discrimi-
technicians and managers and so
                                                                                   nation - be it based on gender,
enter what is going to be one of the
                                        Level 1                                    race, ethnic origin, background,
most buoyant employment markets
                                                                                   religion or belief, age or sexual
of the early 21st century. The course Business Operations Management
                                                                                   orientation.”
will be of interest to anyone thinking Introduction to IT for Science
of studying the environmental or        Mathematics for Nuclear Technology
physical sciences or engineering.       Physical Chemistry
                                        Nuclear Physics
The course is offered exclusively       Governance of Decommissioning
at Lakes College, West Cumbria          Workplace Module Skills for the
through a franchise agreement           Laboratory
with the University of Central          Health & Safety in the Workplace
Lancashire (UCLAN). While

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Level 2                                  What are the entry                        What can I do next?
Project Management                       requirements?
Project / Workplace Project                                                       In 2002, the Government published
Nuclear Science and Processes            Specific entry requirements for this     a White Paper describing its inten-
Decommissioning Techniques               course are:                              tion to spend over £50 billion on the
Decommissioning, Waste                   • The equivalent of one A2 level at      clean up and decommissioning of the
Management and Site Remediation            Grade ‘D’ or above in Science or       UK’s nuclear facilities. The majority
Robotics & Applications in Nuclear         Technology.                            of this money will be committed over
Decommissioning                          • Plus 5 GCSE’s (including a             the next 15 years, during which time
Commercialisation &                      numerate subject at level C or above)    it is predicted that the nuclear sector
Contractorisation Safety Cases             An example of equivalence is an NC     will require 50,000 new recruits.
                                           in a technical or numerate discipline. Foundation degree graduates will
Teaching and Learning in Higher                                                   be able to progress to technical
Education                                Other acceptable qualifications include: and middle management roles in
Modules will be delivered in a           Scottish Certificate of Education Higher this expanding industry including
variety of ways suited to higher level   Grade                                    decommissioning technologist,
study. Methods will include lectures,    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Grade   project management and control and
seminars, workshops, tutorials and       International Baccalaureate and          other related functions. Completion
independent research.                    European Baccalaureate                   of and appropriate top up degree
Learning at level 4 and above is very    BTEC National Certificate/Diploma        (see above) may allow students to
focused on independent study, and        Kite marked Access Course                progress onto MSc programmes in
students will be expected to take        Students holding/completing a relevant Nuclear Management and Energy
responsibility for their own learning.   Higher Certificate or HNC may be         Environmental Engineering
                                         offered advanced entry/transfer to the
How will I be assessed?                  course. All students holding/completing How much does it cost?
                                         a relevant University Certificate can
Assessment methods vary and will         access/transfer to this FdSc.            Fees may vary according to qualifi-
include:                                                                          cation you do.
                                         Applications from individuals with       Student loans and bursaries are
• Formal Examinations (which may         non-standard qualifications, relevant    available for many students to ac-
include seen and unseen, open and        work or life experience and who can      cess. For more information please
closed book)                             demonstrate the ability to cope with     visit www.direct.gov.uk/studentfi-
• Practical work based on laboratory     and benefit from degree-level studies    nance or contact Val Cumberbatch
exercises to assess specific skills      are welcome. If you have not studied     01946 839300 ext 1089
• Course work                            recently you may need to undertake
• Oral Presentations (including          an Access programme first. For details Where does it take place?
seminars)                                of those offered by the University or
• Reflective and evaluative career       the College, please contact Enquiry      Lillyhall Campus
planning                                 Management, tel: 01772 892400
• Portfolio production                   (University) or 01946 839300 (College)
                                                                                   Achievement Rates
• Reports and documentation of work
based activities and career planning                                               2008/2009
• Work based project where practical                                               Achievement rate 100%
work is evaluated both by the student
and supervisor

How long does it take?

Full time for 2 years. Part time for 3
years (1 day per week)

When does it start?

September 2009

Who is it suitable for?

The course is suitable for those
who have a science/engineering
background or qualifications

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