This degree develops high-calibre engineers who are able to function both as an engineer and a technology leader in sectors such as aerospace, marine, automotive, alternative energy, oil and gas, and other high-tech industries.
Industry-seasoned academics, practitioners and guest speakers deliver your practical training in our state-of-the-art Design & Engineering Innovation Centre, giving you the knowledge and skills required to understand the behaviour, performance and limitations of new technologies, in addition to modelling and simulating the performance of technologies.
As well as giving you a solid grounding in engineering, the course will provide an inspirational insight into emerging technologies within the sector and how to apply them to real-world situations. It also includes a career-affirming minimum 30-week period in a work placement, which will help you to make contacts and boost your potential within the profession.
In your final year you will exhibit your project at our annual Festival of Design & Engineering, giving potential employers an insight into how your work could make a difference in the future. Many students’ projects are as a result of industry collaboration resulting from practical issues experienced during their placement year.
The entry requirements for this course are 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of two A-levels in required subjects or equivalent.
Numeracy and Literacy requirement: GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.
A-level and AS levels: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels in required subjects.
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate – Skills Challenge Certificate: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Access to HE Diploma: 102 - 118 tariff points in a required subject with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.
International entry requirements
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.
Engineering Design with Practice: This unit will enable you to apply key engineering tools, methodologies and strategies that are required to identify design constraints, mechanical systems and utilise analytical methods to establish an engineering design solution.
Engineering Principles A: You will develop the ability to apply a range of principles to the design of components, structures and machines and operation of mechanical systems.
Engineering Principles B: This unit will develop your application of mechanical engineering principles to generate and develop reliable solutions surrounding design and engineering problems.
Materials with Practice: This unit will provide you with the ability to identify, plan and apply skills that are necessary for the selection and specification of suitable materials and production techniques for design.
Electrical and Electronic Principles: You will be introduced to and develop an understanding of the principles required to design electrical and electronic systems within an engineering project.
Engineering Mathematics: This unit will enable you to extract and evaluate pertinent data and apply this to engineering analysis techniques in the solution of unfamiliar problems. You will gain a firm grounding in mathematical and statistical methods necessary within the engineering field.
Manufacturing and Engineering Materials: In this unit you will develop not only understanding surrounding properties and uses of engineering materials but also the requirements of modern manufacturing for design and engineering applications.
Stress and Dynamics: You will develop a further working knowledge, understanding and application of an increased range of mechanical engineering principles relevant to the design of components, structures and machines.
Engineering Simulation: In this unit you will take part in engineering design practices and learn about new technologies for mechanical and electronic concepts. You´ll become familiar with industry standard simulation technologies.
Fluids and Thermodynamics: This unit will provide you with knowledge on the principal laws and processes of engineering thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and dynamics, and also of fluids and thermodynamics equipment and processes, in order to solve real-world problems.
Management and Commercialisation: This unit will introduce students to key aspects of business and management that relate to the development and delivery of commercial value, and the issues facing business functions such as marketing, operations and finance.
Engineering Mathematics for Mechanical Systems Design: You will use mathematical and statistical methods to generate engineering solutions that meet all aspects of the problem including production, operation and maintenance. Additional experience will surround gaining proficiency in the modelling, analysis and design of mechanical systems.
Group Project A: This unit will develop essential management skills required to lead a professional team towards a successful solution of a technical problem. You will also develop strategies for team building and conflict resolution on a holistic approach to management.
Project Management: This unit will provide you with knowledge and understanding of project management techniques required to achieve engineering and design objectives. There will be a focus on soft skills of people management within a project environment.
Group Project B: This will further develop the skills of the previous unit in terms of team management. You will work on advanced problem-solving skills by applying an integrated or systems approach to a complex engineering problem within a team, while maintaining a view of commercial and industrial constraints.
Structural Integrity: Within this unit you will be provided with an extensive understanding and application of structural integrity theories. This will facilitate you in developing professional competence and critical awareness in the selection of methods for designing and analysing structural components.
Materials Failure and Prevention: This unit will provide a firm understanding of the more common failures that materials encounter in service or during processing. You will develop a critical understanding of how design and manufacturing influence the susceptibility of materials to fail, and learn how to tackle a forensic engineering investigation.
Advanced Materials: In this unit you will gain expertise in a variety of analytical techniques for materials characterisation and their applications at the cutting edge of the field. You will gain knowledge around properties and performance of materials at nano level and the concept of self-healing in materials and how it can be used to increase the life of components.
Engineers are constantly in demand and this course will give you all the skills and knowledge you´ll need to do well in this varied and fascinating sector. When you graduate, you´ll be equipped to take on a range of engineering roles across the manufacturing and engineering sectors. Within six months of completing their course, 90% of our students who study our Engineering courses are working in professional or managerial positions.
Graduates from our design and engineering courses are now working for a range of organisations, including Aish Technologies Limited, Canyons, General Electric Aviation, Modulift, Pall Aerospace and Visteon.
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