BEng (Hons) Engineering (Top-up)

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The engineering sector is continually evolving. New technological advances are frequently impacting the sector, fuelling a need for engineering graduates who are educated on the latest industry developments. The rise of lean technologies and the increasing importance of sustainable initiatives mean the need to keep updated has never been more important.

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You are an inquisitive problem-solver who is keen to excel in the engineering industry. You have completed a HND Engineering programme and are looking to continue study at a higher level.

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As a University Centre Colchester BEng (Hons) Engineering student, you will gain a systematic understanding of mechanical or electrical engineering that will involve the acquisition of knowledge, the demonstration of enquiry and analysis, and the ability to research engineering issues at the forefront of current engineering practice and development. You will tackle core subjects in Lean Manufacturing and Business Improvement as well as organising, planning and executing a large-scale engineering project that will be based in the workplace. As the course progresses, you will undertake individual specialised projects related to electrical or mechanical engineering disciplines.

This programme is an industry recognised qualification that builds skills currently in high demand by employers. It provides access to exciting opportunities within a challenging and rewarding sector with fantastic career paths and many job prospects both locally, nationally and even internationally.

Undergraduate courses operate on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 30/40 or 15/20 academic credits (depending on the programme), with each credit taken equating to a total amount of study time which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Most full-time students will take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.

Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.

Course Modules
  • 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject
  • A Levels at grade C or above in both a Mathematical based subject and a Science, Technology, Engineering or additional Mathematics related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at level 3

The number of UCAS tariff points required are determined by the point of entry onto the BEng

Successful completion of a HND in a relevant engineering programme will enable progression onto the BEng.

*UCAS Tariff points where shown, are for entry on to higher education programmes starting from September 2022.

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

Additional requirements for International Students:

  • You must provide evidence of having been in general education for at least 10 years and of having studied within the last five years
  • a face-to-face interview is required before an offer is made.

As a graduate, you will have the professional and technical agility needed to excel in the workplace. Your qualification will put you at the forefront of current debates in engineering practice and ensure you are a successful 21st century engineer. As a qualified engineer you will be ready for a rewarding career working on designing, developing, installing, testing, operating or maintaining specialist equipment. Your newly developed skillset could also complement a career in telecommunications, nuclear engineering, automotive engineering and many other branches of the engineering sphere.

Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.

Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practicals. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures.

When not attending lectures, seminars and practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-directed study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations

Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

 Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

BEng (Hons) Engineering (Top-up) - Part-time
LevelLevel 6
Duration18 Months
Course CodeZU5BEEEP05
Academic Year2022-2023
Study ModePart-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2022
Fee(s)2021-22: £4,125 per year
Awarding/Validation BodyUniversity of East Anglia


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