MCAST Foundation Certificate in Robotics

MCAST Foundation Certificate in Robotics

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MCAST Foundation Certificate in Robotics
Course Code ET2-01-16
MQF Level Level 2
Duration 1 year full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements Finished Compulsory Education


MCAST Introductory Certificate


Other Entry Requirements Initial Assessment Tests


Applicants with SEC/O-Level passes at Grades 6 or 7 in at least two subjects from Maltese, English Language and Mathematics or “Secondary School Certificate and Profile” (SSC&P) at Level 1 or 2 will be exempted from the Initial Assessment Tests and will start directly at Level 2.


Course Description This course provides an opportunity to students in possession of the School Leaving Certificate to follow a structured programme of study that explores the principles of Engineering, and elementary Programming in the emerging fields of Robotics. The course presents students with relevant Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering and Multimedia elements, that through a significant amount of hands-on activities, lead to the design, construction, development and testing of a basic robot. Through this course, students will develop a range of technical and problem solving skills that will help them further their studies at higher levels while at the same time nurture their competences in key areas such as Language, Numeracy, Science and Information Technology.
Study/Course Delivery This programme of study leads to the achievement of key competencies.  The emphasis is on the teaching methodology where embedding has been selected as the main pedagogical model.  Vocational Units are used as a vehicle for achieving the objective.
Assessment Assessment of the programme is an integral part of the learning process. Varied assessment methods are employed. The learning process is completed by providing students with feedback that is both formative and summative in nature.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Design and build simple programmable robots

2. Understand the function of basic robotic components

3. Produce simple program sequences and commands, that link cause and effect, using various input and output devices

4. Communicate design ideas graphically using appropriate construction methods and tools

5. Demonstrate logical thinking and creative skills.

Core Study Units
  • An Introduction to Robot Programming
  • Engineering Principles and Concepts
  • Design Principles and Elements
  • Graphical Communication
  • Maltese
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development
  • Information Technology
  • Science


Specialist Units
Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion
  • Any MCAST course at MQF Level 3
Career Opportunities