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Introduction to Robotics


This hands on course will provide you with some of the basic skills and knowledge needed as a stepping stone to get into the engineering industry or higher levels of study. Robotics and automation in Engineering are set to increase significantly over the next 10 to 15 years, meaning that there is a need now for skilled people who are able to service, repair and understand the principles of operation of autonomous machinery and robotic equipment.

Whether your interest is related to design engineering systems, or cutting edge engineering such as within the motor vehicle and aerospace sectors, this course could be the start of the journey to get you there.

Start dates and fees

Courses are due to start in early 2022. Dates/times are still being finalised. Please contact us for further details.

  • If unemployed course costs are fully funded.
  • If employed the cost is £195 or £75 if co-funded. 
  • Contact us at the college on 0800 100 3626 to find out if you qualify for co-funding.

What will I study?

You will study some of the following topics so that you have a practical understanding of robotic engineering:

  • Introduction to robotics
  • What is a robot?
  • The common types of robot
  • Motivation behind automation & robotics in industry
  • Future of robotics & automation
  • Components that make up a robot
  • Mechanical systems
  • Power supply
  • Sensors
  • Signal Processor System
  • Controls
  • Basic operator level robotics
  • Coordinate frames and reach
  • Types of Movement (linear, jog, rotation)
  • Maintenance
  • Automation and Inspection
  • Changing a tool
  • Basic programming skills including using virtual learning packages
  • BB RobotStudio
  • Offline programming
  • DobotStudio
  • Teaching & Playback
  • Block code
  • Script (Python)

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course just an interest to attend and learn about robotic engineering

How long is the course?

The course is 3 hours per week, from 5.30 - 8.30 on Thursday evenings for 7 weeks (21 hours in total).

How will I be assessed?

There are no formal assessments for this course. However, we will help and teach you the basics of how to do the following:

  • How to operate basic robotic equipment
  • Use software to programme and practice virtual robotics
  • Learn about pick and place operations
  • Learn about different types of robots and where they might be used

What does the course lead to?

This is an interest only course that is non-accredited. This course is not designed specifically to lead to employment but could initiate an interest or option for you to follow pathways into employment or further training:

  • A level 3 apprenticeship in the disciplines of Maintenance, Design, Mechanical or Electrical engineering as a well as an Operative or Programmer in Automation and Robotic related industries
  • A level 2/3 full-time course such as the Level 3 Robotics and Automation programme
  • Full-time employment within the engineering industry

What can I progress onto?

You can go on to study other accredited or non-accredited courses. The courses listed below are our accredited courses:

  • Level 2/3 Robotics and Automation
  • Level 2/3 Engineering Design
  • Level 2/3 Engineering Operations and Maintenance
  • Level 2/3 Electrical or Mechanical Engineering
  • Level 1/2/3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering


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