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Plymouth University

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H305
BEng (Hons) 5 years full-time, sandwich, foundation 2017
Ucas points guide

72-80

% applicants receiving offers

97%

Subjects
  • Mechanical engineering
Student score
71% LOW
% employed or in further study
98% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£25k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

72 - 80 points to include a minimum of 2 GCE A-levels

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
PPP

BTEC Certificate
PM

International Baccalaureate
24

24 points overall. English and Maths accepted within.

UCAS tariff points
72-80

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 72-80 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

97%

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

â?¢Take advantage of the opportunity to begin an engineering degree even if youâ??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. â?¢Design, build and create. Youâ??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. â?¢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 â?¢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. â?¢Learn from our dedicated staff who have years of experience across academic, scientific and industrial backgrounds, adding to their effectiveness.

Modules

Plymouth University

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Plymouth is a top 50 UK research institution with genuine clusters of world class expertise across areas as diverse as marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology. With 21,000 students and a further 17,000 studying University of Plymouth awards at partner colleges, it is one of largest higher education providers in the country, and has a strong track record in teaching with one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
39%
61%

Year 1

42%
58%

Year 2

38%
62%

Year 3

27%
73%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
50%
50%

Year 1

50%
50%

Year 2

49%
51%

Year 3

29%
68%
3%

Year 4

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 72%
Student score 71% LOW
Able to access IT resources

88%

Staff made the subject interesting

67%

Library resources are satisfactory

87%

Feedback on work has been helpful

52%

Feedback on work has been prompt

69%

Staff are good at explaining things

80%

Received sufficient advice and support

72%

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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
16% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
9% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
10% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
301 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
71% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% 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 98% HIGH
Average graduate salary £25k MED
Graduates who are engineering professionals

60%

Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

4%

Graduates who are other drivers and transport operatives

2%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This subject has been affected by the recession and so you would normally expect some more encouraging stats – although things have improved this year. Nevertheless, engineers are in demand across multiple industries, but most stay in engineering, particularly in the oil industry, and in the car industry, in design and manufacturing. Jobs are all around the country, with Scotland and the South East the most likely places for a new mechanical engineer to find work at the moment – starting salaries for mechanical engineers in Scotland are actually higher there than in London, thanks to the oil industry, and only bettered by a handful of courses. 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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