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University of Salford

Mechanical Engineering with a Foundation Year

UCAS Code: H302

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

Entry requirements


Must include an E Grade or above in A-Level Maths Applicants who have not studied Maths can be referred to our BSc Physics with a Foundation Year (F305) - Applicants can progress ontoany of the full engineering degrees upon completion of this Foundation Year

AS levels are accepted in combination with level three qualifications including A levels and BTECs

QAA Approved - Pass with 64 UCAS tariff points from an Engineering or Science Access course

Accepted in combination with level three qualifications including A levels and BTECs

Accepted in combination with level three qualifications including A levels and BTECs

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C or grade 4 (or above) in Maths and English GCSE is required. Equivalent qualifications Key Skills level 2, and Functional Skills Level 2, are also accepted.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

including Grade 4 in Higher Level Maths OR Physics

64 UCAS tariff points including Higher Level Maths AND Physics

Accepted in combination with level three qualifications including A levels and BTECs

Accepted in combination with level three qualifications including A levels and BTECs

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

MM

In Engineering or Applied Science with Merits in all Maths modules BTEC Social Science is NOT acceptable

Accepted in combination with level three qualifications including A levels and BTECs

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

MPP

In Engineering or Applied Science with Merits in all Maths modules BTEC Social Science is NOT acceptable

Accepted in combination with level three qualifications including A levels and BTECs

64 UCAS tariff points including E in Advanced Higher Maths

64 UCAS tariff points including D in Higher Maths or E at Advanced Higher

UCAS Tariff

64

From a minimum of 1 A2's or equivalent

Accepted in combination with level three qualifications including A levels and BTECs

63%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Mechanical engineering

**From heating systems to the vehicles we drive, mechanical engineering shapes our daily life. With increasing demand for professional qualified engineers, a Mechanical Engineering degree with Salford can launch an exciting career designing, commissioning and maintaining the systems of the future.**

Mechanical engineers manage a wide range of processes, from the production of silicone chips to creating jet aircrafts. Our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering course is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and is a direct pathway to professional status. It will provide you with the competencies to become a Chartered Engineer with a commitment to the highest professional standards.

You’ll follow a three-year degree programme – or four, with our MEng (Hons) integrated master’s pathway. Learning takes place in our Peel Park campus, minutes from central Manchester. Here, you’ll develop practical problem-solving skills in our specialist mechanical, aerodynamics, composite material and control and dynamic laboratories. You’ll study engineering in relation to mathematics, electrical systems, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, engineering structures and dynamics. You’ll explore elements such as engineering dynamics and control engineering, and take part in a mechanical group design project.

The Foundation Year aims to provide understanding of the key subjects in computer science to meet the prerequisites for study on the associated degree programme. The key areas of study will be effective communication and study skills combined with key subjects in engineering. Following completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress on to year one of BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree for the remaining three years of your course (or four with a placement year).

With a strong management theme throughout the course, you’ll have opportunities to interact with a broad range of local business and industry multinationals. You can also choose to take an industrial placement year, develop your workplace skills and add ‘with professional experience’ to your degree award.

**Features**

- Learn about the relationship between micro-structure and mechanical properties of materials, mechanisms of corrosion and corrosion protection

- Explore specialist modules such as dynamics and control engineering, structural mechanics and Finite Element analysis.

- Write concise specifications, present concepts, perform appropriate calculations and select appropriate manufacturing processes

- Gain an understanding of the concepts of engineering thermodynamics and fluid mechanics

- Understand project timings, resource allocation and decision making methodology used by industry

Modules

This course is an effective bridging programme for applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for the BSc/BEng (Hons) and so can take this foundation year to bring thier Maths and Physics knowledge up to the academic level required for the BSc/BEng. This course will develop your professional knowledge as well as design and analytical skills. You will gain awareness of social, legal and environmental issues that are all associated with the role of a senior engineer. You will study a broad range of engineering subjects that will give you the knowledge and skills to prepare you for a wide variety of engineering careers.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Computing, Science and Engineering

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.

82%
med
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

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
64%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
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

95%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

78%
UK students
22%
International students
94%
Male students
6%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


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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.

£24,000
low
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
85%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Engineering professionals
10%
Science, engineering and production technicians
8%
Elementary security occupations
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.

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