BEng (Hons)
Engineering (top-up)

Delivered at Nelson and Colne College University Centre
Start Date September 2022 / January 2023 start dates available
Duration 41 Weeks
Cost £8250 Full-time or £4125 Part-time

* The fees charged on your course will not rise by more than inflation during your studies but the College reserves the right to increase fees annually by not more than RPIX (Retail Prices Index excluding Mortgage Interest).

If your studies are to be funded by your employer or as part of an Apprenticeship then different rates may apply, please enquire for details.

Course overview

This programme is offered in partnership with the University of Cumbria and is aimed at those who want to improve on their Foundation Degree or HND in and move into a role in Engineering with more responsibility and better prospects along with potentially a higher earning potential.

The course comprises four taught modules (three of which are compusory in all pathways) and a double module project. Attendance is one day and evening per week.

You need not select a pathway in your application, this will be added later.

What will I learn

Both awards normally include the following common modules:

• Project (inc. Project Management)
• The Professional Engineer
• Engineering Systems Design and Simulation
• Engineering Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Problem Solving

In addition to the common modules, the BEng (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering will normally include one of the following:

• Advanced Materials Science
• Manufacturing Operations Management

In addition to the common modules, the BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering will normally include one of the following:

• Microprocessor Applications
• Electrical Power

How will the courses be assessed?

Assessment is based on a combination of project work, report writing, written assignments, presentations and examinations. Examinations make up a maximum of 34% of the assessment by value.

Entry requirements

This programme is designed for students who have completed a Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree or equivalent Level 5 qualification in a subject closely related to the pathway applied for.

If you have completed a Pearson BTEC HND in Engineering at Nelson and Colne College you will have all the required prior knowledge. You will also have all the required prior knowledge if you have completed the UCLan HND in a related stream.

If you are offering entry qualifications other than a Pearson BTEC HND in Engineering studied at Nelson and Colne College or UCLan HND in a related stream you may apply and will be considered on the basis of both the extent and level of your prior achievement and on the subject knowledge gained. The consent of the University Programme Leader is required for all admissions other than from the College’s own HND programmes or from UCLan HNDs.

Normally, you will need an overall Merit at HND or a Foundation Degree average mark of 50% or higher. If you have an HND with an overall Pass grade or a Foundation Degree with and average mark below 50% but can show the ability and commitment necessary to be successful at Level 6 you may be admitted at the discretion of the relevant admissions tutor.


Qualified Engineers are much in demand for their rigorous approach to work roles and problem solving. Their skills open up a wide range of other career opportunities and these exist in a diverse area of fields which could include Research, Design and Development, Commissioning, Project Management, Technical Sales, Technical Journalism and Patent Work.