Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University

If you are interested in starting this programme in January 2017 you can complete our simple enquiry form. Subject to the number of people registering their interest in studying in January 2017, we will run the programme. Thank you.

Course Information

Overview

This Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) course is the traditional route for those who wish to study Mechanical Engineering at University. You'll study for three years full-time and will enjoy studying both at University Centre at Blackburn College as well as in The Futures Centre -a new state-of-the-art development in Blackburn equipped with specialist electrical laboratory spaces and workshop areas. This Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) is specifically concerned with design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of just about anything that has moveable parts. As a result, there are job opportunities for mechanical engineers in practically every field of work, transport, health, defence, manufacturing, entertainment, finance, publishing, building, design and research, to name but a few.

Mechanical engineers work on the design and analysis of mechanical systems such as automobiles, aircraft, heating and cooling systems and industrial machinery. At University Centre at Blackburn College we have a strong history of training tomorrow's engineering professionals. We have strong links with industry in the North West and industry experts frequently contribute to the programme in the form of visiting lecturers or subject specific tutors. From 2013 students on this programme will enjoy studying in our brand new £7million Futures Centre - a science and technology development on the Blackburn College campus featuring state-of-the-art workspaces and workshops for engineering students

What will I study?

During the first stage of the course you will study a common set of modules along with other students studying Mechanical Engineering honours programmes. As the module titles suggest the first year will give you a broad introduction to the areas of Mechanical Engineering as well as various mathematic disciplines. This broad approach will introduce you to the diverse careers that Mechanical Engineers enjoy and you will start to develop an appreciation of where your own interests lie.

In the second stage you will be able to choose a particular specialism from the choices below. These clusters of modules will enable you to study the areas of Design Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, Environmental Technologies or Management in greater depth and will help you to tailor the course towards your particular career aspirations. In the final stage of the course you will continue with your specialism as well as undertaking an Advanced Project which will enable you to specialise further in a particular area of interest.

Modules include:

In the first year, if studying full-time, you will study:

  • Introduction to Algebra, Graphs and Complex Numbers
  • Introduction to Calculus
  • Electrical and Electronic Fundamentals
  • Mechanical Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Materials
  • Fields and Potentials
  • Matrix Analysis and Further Complex Numbers
  • Further Calculus and Solutions to Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Engineering and Environmental Sustainability
  • Introduction to Computer Aided Engineering
  • Introduction to Robotic Automation
  • Introduction to Engineering Simulation

In the second year, if studying full-time, you will study:

 

  • Programming for Engineers
  • Mechanical Dynamics
  • Electro-Pneumatic Machine Control
  • Thermodynamics
  • Group Project
  • Engineering Mathematics

 

If specialising in the core area of Mechanical Engineering then the following options are taken:

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • AutoCAD

If specialising in Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Manufacturing then the following options are taken:

  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Manufacturing Technology

If specialising in Mechanical Engineering with Design then the following options are taken:

  • Engineering Computer Aided Design
  • Engineering Design

 

If specialising in Mechanical Engineering with Environmental Technologies then the following options are taken:

  • Material Selection and Sustainability
  • Mechanical Systems for Alternative Energy

If specialising in Mechanical Engineering with Management then the following options are taken:

  • Maintenance Strategies
  • Project Planning and Finance

 

In the final year of the course if studying full-time you will study:

  • Professional Issues
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Materials and Applications
  • Advanced Mechanics
  • Advanced Project

 

If specialising in the core of Mechanical Engineering then the following options are taken:

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics with Heat Transfer
  • CAD Solid Modelling and Finite Element Analysis

If specialising in Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Manufacturing then the following options are taken:

  • Materials Degradations and Component Life
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology

If specialising in Mechanical Engineering with Design then the following options are taken:

  • Sustainable Design
  • Reliability & Failure Modes

If specialising in Mechanical Engineering with Environmental Technologies then the following options are taken:

  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Energy Conversion and Storage

If specialising in Mechanical Engineering with Management then the following options are taken:

  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Quality & Process Improvement

Download the Programme Specification for BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

Entry Requirements

You'll need 240 UCAS points to join the programme with the majority generated from directly relevant subject areas. This could include an A/AS Level in a Physical Science eg. Mathematics, Physics or Electronics. You will need at least a grade C in GCSE Mathematics. Applicants without formal qualifications but with relevant work experience will be considered for entry to the programme subject to an interview or an appropriate diagnostic test that involves the current recommendation process.

Students without the relevant skills will be offered A-Level 3 mathematics course at Blackburn College which must be successfully completed before they commence studies on the BEng programme. Applicants should hold a GCSE English qualification or equivalent. Applicants without this will be offered an English course of study at Blackburn College which must be successfully completed before they commence studies on the BEng programme.

Please note: For 2017 entry the UCAS Tariff is changing and the UCAS points required to enter this programme will be different from 2016. For those joining this programme in September 2017, you will need to have 96 UCAS Tariff points. All other entry criteria (as specified above) remain in place.

If you require more information on the UCAS tariff for 2017 entry please visit: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/entry-requirements/tariff/new-tariff

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 6. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You will be assessed by examinations, including open-book examinations, practical assessments, assignments, briefs, essays, presentations (including group presentations), reports and portfolio building.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Graduates have gone on to work in the following areas: commissioning nuclear fuel systems, nuclear decommissioning, project management, safety, aerospace and other related engineering sectors. Many go on to study at postgraduate level.

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Testimonials

“The course is approved by Lancaster University who are in the Top 10 of Universities in the UK but I live in Blackburn and haven’t had to move away. Plus, it’s cheaper than going to Lancaster to gain my degree. I’ve had a fantastic time during my course and have even built a wind tunnel. I never thought I would be even able to enter the degree, let alone start and be successful at it. The work I am doing is already helping in my current role and I’m looking forward to moving on to higher paid positions.”

Brian Johnson - Engineering Student
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