Mode of Study
If you want to study for a recognised engineering university degree as part of your present working day, the BSc (Hons) Engineering Studies Learning at Work degree course is the perfect choice for you.
Whether you need to improve your general engineering knowledge or specialise in areas such as systems analysis, design engineering or manufacturing, you can tailor the course to match your professional and personal aspirations and your employer’s objectives.
Because the course is work-based, you need to already be in a full-time, part-time or voluntary role. The way you learn is flexible, so you can study wherever is most convenient for you and schedule your studies around your existing commitments.
You’ll get to put the skills you learn to work instantly in your job, contributing to the success of your company while giving you the knowledge, skills and confidence to solve the complex engineering issues that can arise in the workplace.
When you complete the course, you’ll improve your career prospects and have the skills and knowledge to perform more effectively in your job.
- A typical applicant would usually have post-school higher education such as an HNC, or equivalent, or part of a degree course, together with appropriate work experience.
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
What you'll experience
On this course you’ll:
- Choose modules and study topics that match your personal and professional goals, as well as your employer’s objectives
- Develop your ability to analyse problems, research and propose solutions, and make important decisions
- Take part in work-based learning (WBL) projects that form part of your daily workload, which ensure that the knowledge you develop is relevant to your employer’s business
- Get an optional 1-day induction in Portsmouth at the start of the course and have the opportunity to study on campus, if it suits you
- Learn both technical skills and business knowledge
- Develop your learning plan with the University and your employer, so you can make an effective contribution to your workplace as you learn
- Have full access to our student support services and community including study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union
- Tap in to our Library’s electronic resources, which you can access from anywhere with a Web connection
- Choose a Workplace Mentor to support your learning – someone at work who can offer advice, guidance, and moral support
- Have support from an academic tutor specialising in your area of study and a University learning manager who oversees your programme
- Use online tutorials and lectures to help you with study skills, including your analytical and writing skills
This course isn’t tied to the University’s timetables or academic calendar. So you can work at your own pace, in your own time and in your own location. However, you must complete the course within 8 years.
You can complete the course more quickly if you have relevant work experience or qualifications that you can put towards your degree, such as a business-based Foundation degree, HNC, HND or relevant on-the-job training. This is known as Recognised Prior Learning (RPL). You can use RPL for up to 240 of the 360 credits you need to accumulate to get your degree.
We recommend you study modules worth 60 credits a year. Typically, a student who enters with the maximum RPL of 240 credits and has only 120 credits to study would take 18-24 months to complete the course.
When you finish the course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to advance your career with your current employer and boost your long-term career prospects.
After you finish your course, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Whilst this degree is not accredited, students who successfully complete the course could potentially gain Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status through the following professional engineering institutions:
- Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
- Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
- Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)
- Royal Aeronautical Society (RAes)
- Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM)
- Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM)
- The Society of Operations Engineers (SOE)
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
To help you juggle this course alongside your work and home life, you’ll get extra support from:
- a Workplace Mentor chosen by you – someone at work who can offer advice, guidance, and moral support
- an Academic Tutor specialising in your area of study
- a Learning Manager who oversees your programme
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks:
- September/October to December/January – teaching block 1
- January/February to May – teaching block 2
The way you’re assessed will depend on which modules you take and the work-based learning projects you do.
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What you'll Study on this BSc (Hons) Engineering Studies (Learning at Work) degree
At the start of the course, you’ll put together a Learning Contract with the University and your employer that outlines what you’ll study.
To get a degree, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits. You can get these credits in 3 ways:
You can get credit for the qualifications you already have, such as an engineering-based Foundation degree, HNC, HND or international equivalent. You may also be able to get credit for relevant business-based work experience.
This is called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). You can use RPL for up to 240 (two thirds) of the 360 credits you need to get your degree.
Contact us to find out if you can receive RPL credit for your current qualifications or work experience.
Most of your learning will come from work-based learning (WBL) projects. These are projects that are valuable to your employer, which you complete at work. You’ll research, analyse and present a well-reasoned recommendation to your employer in the form of a professional report.
These projects won’t involve activities you do in your day-to-day job as they need to involve new learning for you. You’ll do most of the work for these projects in your normal working hours.
You can study campus-based or distance learning modules to expand your knowledge and understanding or to develop new skills in a more structured way.
Modules that previous students have studied include Computer-Aided Engineering, Engineering Principles, Electronics and Logistics.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.