Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year BEng (Hons)

University of Plymouth

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Full-time | Main Site | 4 Years | 21-SEP-20
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    1 (Mechanical Engineering)
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    BEng (Hon)

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Course Summary

Do you want to become an engineer of the future, but don’t have the traditional entry requirements to start a degree? This new four year degree route incorporates a foundation year and will give you a solid grounding in the disciplines of mechanical engineering. You’ll be actively involved in real engineering projects and our hands-on approach to learning extends through design, mechanics and materials, improving your employability across many industries.* Take advantage of the opportunity to begin an engineering degree even if you’ve been out of formal education for some time. Our foundation year brings your mathematics and physics up to A level standard, while introducing you to the main disciplines of engineering.* Design, build and create. You’ll develop a range of practical skills that will enhance your employability. Modules cover subjects including prototyping, project management and computer aided design (CAD), all taught with a hands-on approach. In fact only 36 per cent of your study time is spent in lectures and seminars.* Benefit from our extensive industry contacts, who work closely with us to ensure that the course remains relevant to industry needs. Our Industry Advisory Group, which includes many Plymouth graduates, also helps arrange placements and visits, just one of the many reasons why our student satisfaction rating is 81 per cent.* Increase your experience and employability by undertaking an optional work placement. A 12 month paid placement allows you to make vital industry contacts that in some cases have to led to employment. 93 per cent of our graduates are in a professional or managerial job six months after graduation.* Learn from our dedicated staff who have years of experience across academic, scientific and industrial backgrounds, adding to their effectiveness. 83 per cent of students agreed that our staff are good at explaining things.* Progress onto the first year of a professionally accredited mechanical or marine degree course, guaranteed provided you pass the foundation year at the required level.* Discussions with your lecturers allow you to make an informed choice about which degree to select towards the end of your first year of study.* The foundation year is an integral part of the extended degree. Completion of the foundation year will not lead to a separate award or qualification its own right but will provide access to Year 1 of your degree.

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  • UCAS Tariff
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  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
  • Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)
  • OCR Certificate in Quantitative Problem Solving (MEI) (Core Maths)
  • OCR Certificate in Quantitative Reasoning (MEI) (Core Maths)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Pearson Edexcel Certificate in Mathematics in Context (Core Maths)
  • WJEC Eduqas Certificate in Mathematics for Work and Life (Core Maths)
  • City & Guilds Certificate in Using and Applying Mathematics (Core Maths)
  • Access to HE Diploma
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  • AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies (Core Maths)
  • Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)


32 to 48 UCAS points to include minimum 2 A Levels. To include one relevant subject from: Applied ICT, Applied Science, Applied Business, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Computer Science, DT, Economics, Electronics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Technology and Design, ICT, Physics, Science, Statistics, Maths, Further Maths, Pure Maths, Use of Maths. Excluding General Studies

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£9,250 per year

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About this University

The University of Plymouth's impressive campus sits within the heart of 'Britain's Ocean City', between the sea, Cornwall and Dartmoor. Acclaimed for its teaching and research, the University of Plymouth has 23 Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellows.


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