General Engineering BEng (Hons)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: HG40
Code: ST3023D16
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Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 3 academic years
Part time: 6 academic years
Start Dates: september 2019
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This General Engineering BEng (Hons) course is the traditional route for those who wish to study General Engineering at University. You'll study at University Centre at Blackburn College and The Futures Centre on the College campus in Blackburn which is equipped with specialist laboratory spaces and workshop areas.

Our General Engineering qualification will allow you to study a range of Engineering subjects without focussing on just one area.  Engineering impacts upon every aspect of modern life. Disciplines include mechanical, electrical and electronic, energy, chemicals, metals and materials, aeronautical, other aspects of transport, automotive and bioscience.  The pace of technological change in engineering means that there is an increasing need for skilled workers and, according to the Engineering Council, professional engineers currently achieve salaries comparable with other professionals, for example, accountants and solicitors.

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. 

What will I study?

When you study Level 4, you will study a common set of modules alongside other Engineering students. These have all been designed to help you develop the skills you’ll need for higher level study of Engineering. 

At Level 5 you will study modules which are unique to General Engineering. These are a mixture of mandatory and optional modules.

At Level 6 you will undertake a core set of mandatory and optional modules.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Laboratory and Workshop
  • Mathematics for EngineersGeneral
  • Mechanical and Electracial / Electronic Fundamentals
  • Introduction to CAD/CAM
  • Programming and Control
  • Materials, Design and Sustainability

Level 5 Modules (there are 3 mandatory modules and 3 optional modules as indicated by *) include:

  • Group Design and Build Project
  • The Professional Engineer
  • Mathematics and Simulation
  • Thermofluids*
  • Fluid Power and Control*
  • Materials, Manufacturing Methods and Sustainability*
  • Robotics*
  • Electrical Power and Machines*
  • Analogue and Digital Circuit Design and Testing*
  • Electrical Energy Generation and Transmission*

Level 6 Modules (there are 3 mandatory modules and 3 optional modules as indicated by *) include:

  • Advanced Individual Project
  • Engineering Leadership and Management
  • Vibrational Analysis and Failure Modes*
  • Mechanical Systems*
  • Advanced CAD/CAM*
  • Principles of Semi-conductors and Optoelectronics*
  • Power Electronics and Control*
  • Electrical Circuit Applications*
  • Robotics and Intelligent Machines*

Optional Modules

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.  If an optional module will not be run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.



Entry Requirements

You’ll need 96 UCAS points to join this programme (formerly 240 UCAS points). This could include an A/AS Level in a Physical Science eg. Mathematics, Physics or Electronics.

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. All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English.

All applicants will be required to have GCSE Mathematics grade 4 (grade C) or higher, a qualification directly equivalent to GCSE Mathematics grade 4 (grade C) in terms of level and scope, or to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skill in an assessment undertaken as part of the application process.

How will I be assessed?

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

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.  This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal 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. 

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities could 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.

You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.  

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.  You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.


We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course.  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. 

Overall Workload

You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.

Academic Support

We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;

  • Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English
  • Academic Writing (including referencing)
  • Research Skills
What can I do next?

This course offers limitless opportunities working as a graduate in the electronics engineering sector, communication systems, computers, robotics, control and electrical energy generation systems. Recent 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.

Supplementary Information

Download the Programme Specification for General Engineering BEng (Hons). 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.


Career Options

Aerospace Engineer

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  • 37-40 hours per week

Aerospace engineers design, build and maintain aircraft and the parts and instruments that go into them. They also work at the forefront of technology on space vehicles and satellites.

If you are passionate about aircraft and spacecraft, and want to be involved in their development, this job could be perfect for you.

To become an engineer you will need excellent maths skills, the ability to solve problems and a methodical approach to work.

To do this job you will normally need a HND, degree or postgraduate award in a relevant engineering subject.

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Electrical Engineer

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  • 40 hours per week

Electrical engineers design, build and maintain electrical control systems, machinery and equipment.

If you are good at maths, science and IT, and you want a career in engineering, this could be an ideal option for you.

In this job you will need to be good at solving problems, structuring your workload and enjoy working as part of a team.

To become an electrical engineer, you would normally need to complete a foundation degree, HNC, HND or degree in electrical or electronic engineering or related subject, for example building services engineering.

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Mechanical Engineer

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  • 37 to 40 hours per week

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If you are technically minded, good at maths and science, and like solving problems, a professional career in engineering could be a great move for you.

To work as a mechanical engineer you will usually need a foundation degree, HNC/HND or degree in an engineering subject.

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Energy Engineer

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  • Variable hours per week

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You’ll be using your great organisational skills to manage projects and budgets. You’ll also be using your problem solving skills to fix technical issues.

Most employers will expect you to have a degree in engineering or a related science subject. Some employers may want you to have, or be working towards, a related postgraduate qualification.

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