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University of Plymouth

Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: H305

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


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

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Pass Access - In a relevant subject: ICT, Science, Business, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Economics, Electronics, Engineering, Technology, Physics, Statistics, Maths

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Maths and English accepted within

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H5,H5,H5,H5,H5-H5,H5,H5,H6,H6


Maths and English accepted within. 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.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

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

MP

In a relevant subject: ICT, Science, Business, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Economics, Electronics, Engineering, Technology, Physics, Statistics, Maths

Considered in combination

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

PPP

In a relevant subject: ICT, Science, Business, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Economics, Electronics, Engineering, Technology, Physics, Statistics, Maths

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

M,M

In a relevant subject: ICT, Science, Business, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Economics, Electronics, Engineering, Technology, Physics, Statistics, Maths

Considered in combination

32 to 48 UCAS points to include minimum 2 Advanced Highers. 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.

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

32-48

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

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

94%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4years

Full-time including foundation year | 2019

Other options

5 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2019

Subject

Mechanical engineering

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.

Modules

In your foundation year, you’ll prepare for the demands of a degree in mechanical engineering. We’ll ensure that your mathematics and physics are up to A level standard, as well as introducing you to the three main disciplines of the engineering industry, mechanical, civil and electronics engineering. You’ll also work on a collaborative project, developing a range of skills you’ll need over the course of your degree.

Core modules:

* Mathematical Methods I
* Applied Mathematics
* Mechanical and Marine Engineering
* Physics

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

76% of assessment is by exam, 45% by coursework.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
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:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics

TEF rating:

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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.

68%
low
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

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

88%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
55%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
92%
Male students
8%
Female students
56%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

£26,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

54%
Engineering professionals
7%
Science, engineering and production technicians
5%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

Mechanical 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.

£26k

£26k

£28k

£28k

£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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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