Mechanical Engineering (with Industry Year) BEng (Hons)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: YH10
Code: ST3023A16P
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Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time
Duration: Full time: 4 academic years
Part time: 8 academic years
Start Dates: september 2020
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Our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (with Industry Year) programme allows you to study Mechanical Engineering at Honours degree level and undertake a year in industry. 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.  You will also study on site at your work placement during your industry year.

Mechanical Engineering 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.

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.

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. 

What will I study?

This degree programme includes a Year in Industry which you will undertake when you have completed Level 5 modules and before you return to study Level 6 modules.

When you study at 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 Mechanical Engineering. All of the modules are mandatory.

The year in industry / Work Placement

The year in industry must last between 9 and 12 months. You will be required to complete work during the industry year and then present this to students on the programme when you enter the 4th year.

During your year in industry you will receive two visits from a member of staff to check on your progress with your employer.

The year in industry will commence with a short series of lectures introducing the benefits and requirements of undertaking a placement, and developing the basic skills needed to gain a placement and benefit from the experience.

Your industry placement is expected to have a focus on applying the knowledge from your degree programme in an employment context.

Please note: Industry placements are subject to availability.  You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.

At Level 6 you will undertake a core set of mandatory but will be also able to undertake an Advanced Individual Project in an area of your specialism.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

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

Level 5 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Fluid Power and Control
  • Mathematics and Simulation
  • Group Design and Build Project
  • The Professional Engineer
  • Thermofluids
  • Materials, Manufacturing Methods and Sustainability

Level 6 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Advanced Individual Project
  • Engineering Leadership and Management
  • Vibrational Analysis and Failure Modes
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Advanced CAD/CAM
Entry Requirements

You’ll need 96 UCAS points to join this programme (formerly 240 UCAS points) 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 4 (grade C)in GCSE Mathematics and English.

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.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You could be assessed by  Lectures, Workshops, Demonstrations, Distance and e-learning (via VLE), Simulations,Industrial Visits, Guest lectures and Role plays.

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?

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

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Industry Year Information

Please note: Industry placements are subject to availability.  You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.

Career Options

Mechanical Engineer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37 to 40 hours per week

Mechanical engineers develop and design components and machinery used in many industries like manufacturing, construction, water, power, health and transport. They also manage teams of technicians and craftspeople who carry out installation and maintenance work.

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.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Mechanical Engineering Technician

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

Mechanical engineering technicians design, install and repair plant machinery and parts. This includes using skills from CNC machining to welding.

If you are good at maths and science, like solving problems and want a practical and varied career, this job could be ideal for you.

You'll need to be able to understand engineering drawings and be a good teamworker.

You can get into this job by taking an engineering Apprenticeship or by studying at college to gain qualifications in engineering before looking for a trainee position.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Aerospace Engineer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 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.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Aerospace Engineering Technician

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

Aerospace engineering technicians design, build and test new aircraft. They also repair and service existing aircraft. They work on all types of civil and military aircraft, including helicopters, as well as weapons systems and satellites.

To get into this job you will need good practical skills. You'll need excellent maths, science and IT knowledge. You’ll also have to be good at managing a varied workload.

The best way to start would be by becoming a technician apprentice with an airline operator, airline manufacturer or service engineering company.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Automotive Engineer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 35-40 hours per week

Automotive engineers design, develop, test and build domestic motor vehicles, racing cars and motorbikes. They also work on improving components like engines, electronics and aerodynamics.

If you are passionate about cars and want to put your practical skills to good use, this could be the perfect career for you.

You will need to have a strong interest in engineering and design. You will also need excellent maths and IT skills and the ability to work in a team.

Most employers will prefer you to have an engineering-related qualification. Previous experience in motor mechanics or engineering design could be an advantage when looking for work.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire