Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Entry BEng (Hons)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Award: BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: FH10
Code: ST3023A12Z
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 4 Years
Part time: N/A
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Our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Entry degree course is designed for students who want to study Mechanical Engineering, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to start the Honours degree programme just yet.

This Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) course is the traditional route for those who wish to study Mechanical Engineering at University. You'll study for four 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. 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?

In the first year of this programme you will study 3 modules in total. These have all been designed to help you develop the skills you’ll need for higher level study of Engineering. You will also develop an understanding of the requirements of degree level study and it will give you an opportunity to practise studying and taking part in University level assessments. In short, you will gain a firm grounding in the subject you want study at degree level before starting your Honours degree.

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

In the third 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 Mechanical 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 in which you will undertake an Advanced Project. This will enable you to specialise further in a particular area of interest.

Modules include:

First year modules include:

  • Preparing for Higher Education
  • Foundation in Mathematics
  • Foundation Science for Engineering & Construction


You will then move on to study:

In the second 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 third 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

Please note:

At the end of year 2 of the programme you will be able to select a specialism from the choice above as you move into years 3 and 4 of the course. Once you have selected your specialism you will ‘carry’ it through to the later years of your study. For example, you will not be able to study a Mechanical Engineering with Management specialism in year 3 and a Mechanical Engineering with Environmental Technologies specialism in year 4. You will need to choose the same specialism for both years.

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

Applicants to the foundation year with A-level (or other level 3 qualifications) gained within 5 years of entry will required to have either a minimum 32 UCAS points (formjerly 80 UCAS points) from subjects related to their intended target award or a minimum of 48 UCAS points(formerly 120 UCAS points) overall. Students meeting this criterion may be admitted without interview.

We welcome applications from mature students without formal qualifications for these courses or from mature students whose Level 3 qualifications were gained more than 5 years ago. If this applies to you will be interviewed before your course and offered a place on the basis of your previously gained skills and experience. 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.

You will not be required to have GCSE (or equivalent qualifications) at level 2 in English. However, all applicants will be required to have GCSE Mathematics grade C or higher, a qualification directly equivalent to GCSE Mathematics 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.

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 6.0. 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.

New UCAS Tariff 2017 Entry. UCAS has introduced a new tariff system which aims to provide a fair and more transparent process of allocating tariff points across a wide range of qualifications. This new tariff system will be used for courses starting 2017. Applicants should note that new tariff points for a qualification may be different to the points for the same qualification in the previous system – generally tariff points will be lower on the new tariff.




How will I be assessed?

In your first year your assessment is designed to give you a flavour of how you will be assessed in the later stages of the programme.
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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“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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