• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: Aylesbury | Newbury College
  • Duration: Four to Six Years
  • Start Date: September 2019

Course Overview

The BEng (Hons) Engineering Design apprenticeship aims to provide the manufacturing and engineering sector with high grade engineers that have practical skills and a higher education qualification. The programme has been aligned with the apprenticeship standards for Product Design and Development Engineer and Manufacturing Engineer.

This degree apprenticeship is suitable if you are employed in an engineering role and intending to develop higher level practical and knowledge-based skills in engineering and design that are relevant to the work place. You will be required to utilise the activities undertaken in the workplace to inform and support the learning from the programme.

The apprenticeship programme will normally take up to 6 years to complete however there is an opportunity to enter at Level 5 and at Level 6 depending on your previous level of study.

Course Details

The University has recently invested in augmented reality (AR) technology which will be used as part of the design training in Computer Aided Design (CAD) as the course progresses. You will be exposed to a range of CAD facilities such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD), finite element analysis (FEA), rapid prototyping (RP) and other product analyse software and hardware during the course. You will be expected to conduct labs and other practical assessments during the course.

Entry at Level 4 enables you to achieve a HNC/D in Engineering, providing a foundation stage of the knowledge elements in the competence qualification. They support the fundamental scientific and mathematical principles that aim to equip you with the understanding required to operate effectively and efficiently at a high level within the engineering sector. Successful apprentices will then go on to complete a BEng (Hons) in:

  • Engineering Design (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Engineering Design (Electrical Engineering)
  • Engineering Design (Production Engineering)

The apprenticeship programme is currently being delivered in partnership with Newbury College, with the final year of the degree apprenticeship being delivered by Buckinghamshire New University. The apprenticeship has been professionally accredited by the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED) for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) professional recognition and all students will get free membership to the IED during their study with the institute.


At Level 4 and 5 assessments are based on written assignments, practical and laboratory work, so that you can show application of the subjects learned in the classroom. At Level 6 there is considerable emphasis placed on the final project and dissertation, which makes up 50% of the final year of the course. There are a range of different assessment techniques employed in this year including presentation, exams and discussion groups.

What are the course entry requirements?

As an apprentice you can be a new or existing member of staff. You must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week and must not already hold a degree in that subject area or be receiving funding for Standards for Manufacturing Engineer or Product Design and Development Engineer.

Entry qualifications need to be: A Levels at grade C or above in both a Mathematical based subject and a Science, Technology, Engineering or additional Mathematics related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at level 3.

Students from a HNC/HND and Foundation Degree Engineering may have the opportunity to join this programme as part of the progression route at Level 5 or Level 6. These students will be interviewed to identify their point of entry. These applicants may enter the programme with advanced standing as allowed for in the apprentice descriptor or may wish to continue their study outside of the apprenticeship programme.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
  • Mechanical Principles (Mechanical Engineering pathway only)
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines (Mechanical Engineering pathway only)

Year 2 Modules

  • Professional Engineering Management
  • Further Mathematics
  • Engineering Management
  • Lean Manufacturing (Mechanical Engineering pathway only)
  • Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) (Mechanical Engineering and Production Engineering pathway only)
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles (Electrical Engineering pathway only)
  • Digital Principles (Electrical Engineering pathway only)
  • Electronic Circuits and Devices (Electrical Engineering pathway only)
  • Production Engineering for Manufacture (Production Engineering pathway only)
  • Quality and Process Improvement (Production Engineering pathway only)

Year 3 Modules

  • Action Inquiry in the workplace context
  • Advanced Mechanical Principles (Mechanical Engineering & Production Engineering pathway only)
  • Virtual Engineering (Mechanical Engineering and Production Engineering pathway only)
  • Thermofluids (Mechanical Engineering pathway only)
  • Analogue Electronic Systems (Electronic Engineering pathway only)
  • Industrial Power, Electronics and Storage (Electronic Engineering pathway only)
  • Further Electrical, Electronic and Digital Principles (Electronic Engineering pathway only)
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering (Production Engineering pathway only)
  • Further PLCs (Production Engineering pathway only)

Year 4 Modules

  • Design for Manufacture
  • Leadership and Management
  • Work-based Research Project


How much does it cost

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

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