The whole purpose of this course is to develop employees in a shortage area of manufacturing operations.
This part-time programme has been designed alongside employers for key manufacturing requirements, both from a content and delivery perspective. On successful completion, all graduates will display knowledge and skills which will allow them to enhance and further their practice in order to shape the industry of the future.
All part-time pathways within the Mechanical Engineering Portfolio are part of the degree apprenticeship framework and therefore funded by the Welsh Government rather than the student or employer.
What you will learn
The programme is designed to fit within the working week, so classes are scheduled on Friday afternoons in the new SA1 Waterfront Development. Being over an extended academic year, studying 42 weeks of the year means that students make the most of their time at work and University.
Our industry-focused curriculum aspires to produce engineering industry leaders of tomorrow.
Foundation (Cert HE STEM)
The foundation year is designed to develop your mathematical, analytical and study skills, to equip you with the necessary academic skills required to successfully study engineering at a degree level.
Academic Skills (20 credits; compulsory)
Further Mathematics (20 credits; compulsory)
Further Science for Engineering (20 credits; compulsory)
Integrating Project (20 credits; compulsory)
Introduction to Mathematics and Science (20 credits; compulsory)
Manufacturing and Materials (20 credits; compulsory).
Level 4 (HNC, HND & BEng)
Engineering Applications and Study Skills (20 credits; component pass)
Engineering Mathematics (20 credits; compulsory)
Materials and Introduction to Processing (20 credits; compulsory)
Plant Operations and Performance (20 credits; compulsory)
Project Design (20 credits; compulsory)
Quality and Business Improvement (20 credits; compulsory).
Level 5 (HND & BEng)
Control and Automation (20 credits; compulsory)
Group Industrial Project (40 credits; component pass)
Management, Innovation and Sustainability (20 credits; component pass)
Manufacturing Design and Technology (20 credits; core)
Manufacturing Systems and Simulation (20 credits; compulsory)
Plant and Asset Engineering (20 credits; compulsory).
Students are taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical sessions. Assessment of progress is made through assignments, exams and individual projects.
One of the main parts of the final year will be the final year project. This is a work-based project that will allow students to use the knowledge built up through the course to solve a genuine workplace-engineering problem.
Graduate Attributes Framework
This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.
The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving.
A-level Mathematics and a suitable science subject, BTEC National Diploma in Engineering or an engineering foundation year are the traditional requirements.
We will consider a range of alternative qualifications or experiences. Students holding a HNC, HND or equivalent are granted direct entry to level 5.
Each application and professional work experience is considered on an individual basis. We will also want to see that you are enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from part-time study, which can support your career development.
The School of Engineering has provided very successful part-time BEng programmes for almost 20 years. The portfolio currently consists of three programmes – BEng Manufacturing Systems Engineering, BEng Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and BEng Materials Science.
One of the most notable effects on the employability of students on the school’s part-time BEng programmes is the marked career enhancement that has resulted. A high proportion of the students have been promoted at least once during their time on the programmes and often again on graduation.