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Mechanical Engineering

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Must include A Level Mathematics Grade C minimum. A maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A-levels or level 3 equivalents.

128 UCAS points Must include A-level mathematics at grade C or above A maximum of two AS-level subjects can be considered along with two A-levels or a combination of equivalent level 3 qualifications

Pass overall in an Engineering Access to Higher Education Diploma with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including a minimum of 15 credits at Merit or Distinction with 9 credits of these credits from Mathematics units and 6 credits in Science units.

128 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above

128 UCAS points Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) to achieve a total of 128 UCAS tariff points You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C/4 or above Equivalent level 2 qualifications can be accepted Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment Acceptable equivalent:- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Key Skills level 2 - Application of numbers and Communication Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish National 5 Scottish Credit Standard Grade - grade 2

HNC (BTEC)

P

Pass with 120 credits at level 4 May be considered for advanced entry subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of Level 4. A transcript will be required. Must be in an Engineering related subject

HND (BTEC)

P

Pass with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5 May be considered for advanced entry subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of Level 4. A transcript will be required. Must be in an Engineering related subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Obtain a minimum of 32 points overall with grade 5 in Mathematics (Higher level) and pass one of the following subjects from Group 4 at Higher Level (Computer Science, Chemistry, Design Technology, Physics) For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.

Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 128 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. Mathematics must be at Higher Level. This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1)

See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.

128 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above

128 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

Must be in Engineering A minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit is required

128 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above

128 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above

128 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians or Calculus unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above

128 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians or Calculus unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above

128 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians or Calculus unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM

Must be in Engineering A minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians or Calculus unit is required

128 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians or Calculus unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above

128 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians or Calculus unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above

128 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians or Calculus unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Must be in Engineering A minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians or Calculus unit is required

128 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians or Calculus unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above

128 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians or Calculus unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above

Achieve a minimum of 128 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers including mathematics or from a combination of two Advanced Highers including mathematics plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades BCC. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CC in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers). Must include Maths at Advanced Higher or Higher

UCAS Tariff

128

Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.

128 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Mechanical engineering

**We have been ranked Top 20 in the UK for career prospects in Mechanical Engineering, with 92% of graduates in graduate-level jobs or further study after 15 months.**

BEng (Hons)/MEng Mechanical Engineering degree will develop you as a skilled engineer capable of undertaking mechanical engineering tasks within and across organisations. The course focuses on the importance of sustainable futures and the Government's STEM agenda, in order to give you the knowledge and attributes you will need to thrive in this ever-changing industry.

You'll work on industry-standard analytical tools, develop your design skills, as well as exploring a wide range of facilities, such as our test cell and exhaust analysis equipment.

Our engineering courses focus on project-based activities, giving you lots of opportunity to work in teams on projects from design to implementation. This will give you practical experience of applying engineering science to real world problems, working in multidisciplinary teams to develop your interpersonal skills, and prepare you for a key aspect of modern engineering practice. Problem solving and project management are key skills for an engineer, and our focus on practical experience will help to improve your skills in these highly sought after areas.

During your studies, you will use the latest tools and technologies, developing new skills at an advanced level. The course will encourage your creative thinking and develop your engineering leadership skills. Building on a foundation of the generic skills required by tomorrow’s engineers, you will also explore the wider context of engineering, as well as the application of advanced engineering principles to solve problems through research and development. You’ll engage in independent study and systematic enquiry at an advanced level and take responsibility for the conclusions drawn from it.

You will have lots of opportunity to apply industry-standard modelling and simulation techniques to the analysis, specification and design of mechanical engineering systems so that you are able to apply your knowledge and theory to a practical situation. In this way, we make sure you are ready to step straight into employment.

**Why Choose Us?**

- Accredited course - This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Technology (IET) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

- Formula Student events at Silverstone - We are one of the select UK universities with access to take part in our international Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Formula Student event at Silverstone.

- State-of-the-art facilities - You will be based at our Millennium Point campus in City Centre, where our facilities have undergone a £6.5 million investment with a new maker area, engineering labs/equipment and IT equipment to provide you with the very best learning experience. You will also use our industry-standard equipment and resources, including rapid prototyping, laser-cutting and CNC machining.

- Conceive Design Implement Operate (CDIO) Initiative – Work in groups and undertake project-based challenges to enhance your employability opportunities and skill set.

- Employable graduates - Our graduates have progressed into roles with leading companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Morgan Motors, GKN, Bentley, Mercedes, Rolls-Royce and JCB.

- Events and Expos – We host events including Global Game Jam, TechFest, and InnovationFest enabling you to build and design your own creations, as well as gain vital organisational experience.

Modules

Year 1 - Engineering Design, Applied Mechanics & Dynamics, Applied Thermodynamics, Materials and Manufacture and Mathematical Analysis Year 2 - Sustainable Design and Manufacture, Mechanics and Dynamics, Environmental Studies and Thermodynamics, Management of Engineering and Technology Innovation and Numerical Analysis Year 3 - Undergraduate Project, Power and Energy Systems, Design Management, Advanced Engineering Analysis and Dynamics and Control Year 4 - Master’s Group Project, Thermofluids, Finite Elements Analysis, Knowledge Based Engineering, Structural Integrity, International Logistics and Supply Chain and Operations and Process Management

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Millennium Point Campus

Department:

School of Engineering and the Built Environment

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

71%
med
Mechanical engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mechanical engineering

Teaching and learning

57%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

64%
Library resources
67%
IT resources
68%
Course specific equipment and facilities
47%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
92%
Male students
8%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
18%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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C
E

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mechanical engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
93%
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Employed or in further education
75%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

We're short of engineers in a lot of areas and mechanical engineering is no exception. Mechanical engineers are in demand across multiple industries, with vehicle manufacturing most popular, with roles especially common in design and manufacturing. Other important sectors include aerospace, the oil and gas industry, consultancy and defence. Jobs are all around the country, with London, the Midlands, Scotland and the South East the most likely places for a new mechanical engineer to find work at the moment, and starting salaries are good. Although large employers are much the most likely place to get work, some of the most challenging, cutting edge jobs are with small niche engineering firms, so keep your eyes peeled if you want something a little different. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Engineering

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£25k

£25k

£31k

£31k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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