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Loughborough University

Product Design and Technology

UCAS Code: HJ7X
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128

% applicants receiving offers

25%

Subjects
  • Production & manufacturing engineering
  • Others in technology
Student score
81% MED
85% MED
% employed or in further study
97% HIGH
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£26k HIGH
£25.8k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB

ABB from 3 A-Levels including A-Level Physics or Maths, plus grade B in A-Level Design and Technology or Art and Design

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Majority at grade B, in conjunction with Advanced Highers at grades AB including either Design and Technology or Art and Design

Scottish Advanced Highers
AB

AB including either Design and Technology or Art and Design, and either Maths or Physics, plus Highers at majority B grades

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
34

34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including HL Physics or Maths Plus HL Design and Technology or Art & Design

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

25%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Ranked 2nd in the Times Good University Guide 2016, Product Design and Technology at Loughborough is accredited by The Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. As well as our excellent teaching, this course offers you a number of opportunities to enhance your skills and experience including; study abroad options, entrepreneurial support, live industry project briefs, industry speakers and lecturers, competitions, degree show, fieldtrips and visits, professional recognition and design week. If you decide to study our year-long placement (sandwich) you will complete this during your third year. The paid placement is an excellent way to gain work experience as well as to utilise the skills and knowledge from your first two years in a real work environment. The School supports you in finding your placement, with regular placement adverts being sent to students from companies all over the world. You are of course also able to arrange your own. As well as supporting you in finding your placement, you are also supported throughout the year with visits from your placement tutor. This tutor is an experienced member of staff from the School who will ensure that you are happy, supported within the job and getting what you want to get out of the experience. Student work is regularly exhibited around the UK â?? recent exhibitions include: Design and Technology with Science Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham and the New Designers Exhibition in London, Design Week involvement.

Modules

Year 1: Core modules: design practice; design contexts; technical design practice; electronics/mechanics; ergonomics for design; computing for designers; prototyping for design. Year 2: Core modules: design practice; design communication; computing for designers; electronics/mechanics; plus 2 options from: new product development; sustainable design; teaching design and technology; design ergonomics; computer programming. Year 3: Core modules: major design project; electronics/mechanics; dissertation; plus 2 options from: materials and recycling; sustainable design; internet and interface for designers; issues in design education; computer-aided modelling and manufacture; universal design; entrepreneurship; mechatronics.

Loughborough University

Loughborough Campus

The Loughborough experience is an unrivalled mix of exciting campus life, sporting chances, diverse universal cultures, industrial links and world-class research. With two major cities nearby, a great uni / union relationship and the biggest higher education campus in Europe, you're in for some unforgettable times. Our 16,000 students enjoy more than 8,000 nights out at the union.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
41%
59%

Year 1

28%
72%

Year 2

32%
68%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
15%
45%
40%

Year 1

10%
73%
17%

Year 2

5%
46%
49%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 87%
Student score 81% MED
Able to access IT resources

90%

Staff made the subject interesting

78%

Library resources are satisfactory

95%

Feedback on work has been helpful

63%

Feedback on work has been prompt

61%

Staff are good at explaining things

89%

Received sufficient advice and support

78%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
11% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
26% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
8% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
407 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
83% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% HIGH
Average graduate salary £26k HIGH
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

10%

Graduates who are engineering professionals

32%

Graduates who are design occupations

11%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Graduates are in demand, so unemployment rates are well below the national graduate average and starting salaries are well above average in this subject area. Common industries for graduates include manufacturing – particularly the car and aerospace industries, design and engineering consultancy - and it's a good subject to take if you're into industrial design. Those design skills also mean some graduates find their way into jobs in the advertising industry. 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.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 91%
Student score 85% MED
Able to access IT resources

95%

Staff made the subject interesting

93%

Library resources are satisfactory

88%

Feedback on work has been helpful

77%

Feedback on work has been prompt

51%

Staff are good at explaining things

98%

Received sufficient advice and support

88%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
8% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
40% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
22% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
344 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
71% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £25.8k HIGH
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

9%

Graduates who are public services and other associate professionals

9%

Graduates who are engineering professionals

30%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The stats cover quite a broad subject area, but around half of the graduates we're talking about here studied some kind of audio technology subject. It's not a surprise, then, to find that the most common job for graduates from this subject last year was as a sound technician in film, TV and music. Jobs in IT, as arts officers or musicians, or in business were also popular – these degrees can be quite flexible and give you a lot of opportunities. But it does depend on the particular degree you take, so if you have a course in mind, take a look at the information on the university's website.
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