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BEng (Hons) Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) (Top up) Degree

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Course Location

Ardleigh Green

Course Level

Level 6

Course Summary

The BEng (Hons) Engineering with Pathways (top-up) Degree, validated by The Open University, offers students who already have an engineering foundation degree the opportunity to continue their studies to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

This part-time course is designed to be completed whilst students are actively working in an engineering role. The vocational nature of the course, combined with contemporary theory around the most up-to-date techniques, provides students with skills they can apply directly to their role.

The course provides students with the option to specialise in their chosen field: electrical, mechanical, manufacturing, electronic engineering or automotive. Students will cover a broad range of engineering theory and practical techniques, covering the underpinning science and mathematics knowledge, analysis skills, creativity, design, material knowledge, management techniques, problem-solving skills and professional standards understanding required to operate as an Incorporated Engineer. Havering Colleges, New City College is registered with the Office for Students.

Course Information

Professional body accreditation: Successful completion of this course satisfies the academic requirements for the Engineering Council’s Engineering Technician standard. Upon completion of the course, students are able to refer to themselves as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) and apply for Engineering Council membership.

This is a classroom-based course. Example of course modules delivered over two years:

Mechanical strand:
Year 1: Engineering Applications of Mathematical Modelling; Advanced Thermodynamics; Business and Environmental Challenges; Quality Techniques
Year 2: Team Project; Innovation and Design for Sustainability; Advanced Fluid Mechanics

Electrical strand:
Year 1: Engineering Applications of Mathematical Modelling; Electrical Power Transmission Systems; Business and Environmental Challenges; Quality Techniques
Year 2: Team Project; Innovation and Design for Sustainability; Digital Communications Networks

Electronics strand:
Year 1: Engineering Applications of Mathematical Modelling; Advanced Digital Techniques; Business and Environmental Challenges; Construction and Functionality of Analogue Services
Year 2: Team Project; Innovation and Design for Sustainability; Quality Techniques

The course operates on a modular basis. Most modules carry 15 academic credits, with the team project carrying 30 credits. Students take 30 credits per semester and the full B.Eng (Hons) top-up qualification is worth 120 credits. Your overall grade for the course, and your B.Eng (Hons) degree classification, will be based on the marks obtained for assessments taken in all modules. You will need to pass all modules in order to obtain your degree.

For part-time students, the course is studied over a period of two years. Attendance is 1 day per week. The course will take place at our new Construction and Engineering Centre in Rainham, currently under development, but it will begin at our Ardleigh Green campus in Hornchurch until the new Centre is ready to open.

Assessment Method

This course provides you with the opportunity to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice, or formative, assessment for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them will not count towards your module mark.

There will be formal, or summative assessment during, or at the end of, each module. Assessment methods will include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and a final year major project. The grades from your formal assessments will count towards your module mark.

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework will depend to some extent on the optional modules chosen. The approximate breakdown for this course is shown below:

Year 1
50% coursework
50% written exams

Year 2
65% coursework
35% written exams


This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to progress in your engineering career, to apply for management positions and to continue your professional development to reach Incorporated Engineer (I.Eng) status. The course also provides the foundation for further qualifications in engineering, including a master’s degree (M.Eng) or postgraduate research (PhD). Students completing level 7 qualifications can continue their professional development to achieve Chartered Engineer (C.Eng) status. The programme has been designed to meet the requirements of the contemporary engineering industry and is underpinned by the research knowledge and industry experience of our staff.

How Will I Learn?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and meetings with your personal tutor: Lectures will provide you with most of the fundamental subject information knowledge that you will require and will be taught in large groups. Meetings with your personal tutor will give you the opportunity to discuss topics in detail, highlight any areas of difficulty and discuss your progression through the course. Workshop and simulation sessions will give you hands-on experience of engineering techniques and software, and as a part of your course will have access to the latest engineering simulation packages, including CAD, Matlab and SOLIDWORKS.

Course Duration/Delivery

This is a part time course and the course is studied over a period of two years. Attendance is 1 day per week.

Funding For My Studies

You can apply for the ‘Student loan’. Student loans can include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. Help and advice is available.

Compulsory Cost


Compulsory Cost Details

2020/21: Tuition fees £3,00 per year
Approximately £100 per year for academic reading books
The following costs are not included in the fees:
Health and Safety equipment and clothing

Qualification Type

Higher Education

Exam Board

Open University