BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with foundation year

Our IMechE accredited BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with foundation year course is designed to help you develop the vocational and practical skills and knowledge you’ll need to start a fantastic career in this exciting global industry.

Key information

Award:

BEng (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Location:

University of Bolton

UCAS code:

H310

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

The BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with foundation year at the University of Bolton has been awarded professional accreditation by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and uses UK-SPEC learning outcomes designed to meet in part the academic requirements leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

The foundation year is the first year of this degree, offering an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of engineering, science and mathematics. It’s designed to prepare you for degree level study.

Throughout the course, you’ll be supported to develop management, organisation and employability skills alongside your subject-specific knowledge and understanding. Your studies will focus on particular areas of engineering such as mechanical design, systems engineering, analysis of materials and structures, and the theory and application of finite element analysis.

The department provides a friendly, yet challenging, environment where the emphasis is on both the theories and principles of mechanical engineering and their application in a work context. You’ll carry out case studies, practical and laboratory work and problem-solving projects. You’ll also develop the presentation and managerial skills that you will use to manage engineering projects and support your future employment in the industry.

Highlights
  • The Guardian University Guide 2021 says our Mechanical Engineering courses have the best student-to-staff ratio in the North West of England, so you'll have access to individual tutor support and small group teaching.
  • This degree is fully accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) as meeting the academic requirements leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to work on live engineering projects, both as an individual and as part of a group.
  • There are also opportunities to participate in inter-university student competitions including the IMechE’s annual Undergraduate Design Challenge, which includes all the universities in the North West.
  • Professionals from national and multinational mechanical engineering firms are regularly invited to give guest lectures about the sector and job opportunities. You’ll also have industry visits and work placements.
  • You’ll get hands-on experience using state-of-the-art equipment and software such as SolidWorks, Ansys and MATLAB, for analysis and design, prototyping and control.
  • Your final year project allows you to show your knowledge and understanding when investigating and providing solutions to engineering problems. Some projects may be on ‘live’ problems from local industry or in-house research activity.
Key Features
  • The Engineering Department has a strong tradition in the field of engineering education and high quality engineering courses have been delivered successfully at Bolton for many years.
  • It has modern, dedicated engineering laboratories and state-of-the-art design development and project facilities. These include CAD, analysis, optimisation, CAM and CAE software.
  • You’ll be taught in a supportive learning environment with small class sizes. Your tutors are experienced professionals and academics, highly qualified in their own fields, and many of them are chartered engineers.
  • We’ll encourage you to develop an understanding of all aspects of engineering projects; for example, costings, the science and maths of these projects, functional design materials and project management.
  • You’ll have opportunities to develop business skills for a career in this field, including problem solving, managing workloads, communicating with a range of personnel. You’ll also be able to develop your decision making abilities and your ICT capabilities.
  • Our Mechanical Engineering graduates enjoy high levels of employment, finding interesting and financially rewarding professional careers in the UK and overseas.
  • By choosing to study with us, you'll have the chance to enjoy Bolton's many shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. Manchester, one of the UK's most multicultural and lively cities, is less than 20 minutes away by train. Not forgetting, the North West of England is renowned for its beautiful countryside, coastline and heritage. This makes Bolton an ideal base from which to explore some of the best cultural and outdoor activities the UK offers.
Professional recognition

This course holds professional accreditation by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and uses UK-SPEC learning outcomes designed to meet the academic requirements leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Please see the Engineering Council UK website for further details of UK-SPEC.

The BEng (Hons) will automatically meet the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).


  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3. Relevant mathematics, engineering or science-related subjects are preferred.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English, Mathematics and preferably Science.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


Mechanical engineering deals with the design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of anything that has moving parts. Jobs are available in a vast array of sectors.

A mechanical engineering degree is a combination of mathematics, science, technology, business and management. This course is designed to ensure graduates are able to solve problems, manage workloads, communicate with a range of personnel, work in multidisciplinary teams, develop decision making abilities as well as ICT capabilities.

What can I do with this qualification?

The BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with foundation year degree is well recognised in the UK and many parts of the world. It’s designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge for a broad range of roles in the mechanical engineering industry, including design, manufacturing, testing, construction, development and management, as well as related roles in areas such as sales and marketing.

Mechanical engineers are employed in many industries, with the main ones being aerospace, automotive, chemical, construction, medicine, sport, defense, consumer goods and electrical. There are career opportunities both in the UK and abroad.

After graduation, you could pursue a career in manufacturing or other areas of science and technology, such as sustainable energy. Career opportunities could include research and development, design, production, and plant management, or you may choose to continue your formal education in the form of an MSc or research degree.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Investment banking
  • Mining and drilling
  • Patent Law
  • Production management
  • Technical sales
  • Water engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • IT
  • Finance
  • Accountancy
  • Research and development
  • Teaching and education
  • Consultancy
  • Civil engineering
  • Supply chain
  • Building services
  • Telecommunications
  • Waste management
  • Quality management

Course fees

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2022-2023 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

Bursaries

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The varied nature of the Mechanical Engineering with foundation year programme means that teaching and learning is done in a range of ways, with more open-ended personal study as you progress. In order to ensure the acquisition and development of appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills, you’ll attend some formal timetabled classes. Other teaching methods, which are demanded by professional body accreditation requirements, will be experienced through opportunities to develop creativity and innovative skills, predominantly through project, design and make and test activity, where application, assimilation and integration of course material are realised.

The assessment strategy for the programme is designed to ensure that the overall aims and learning outcomes of the programme are assessed and achieved. To accomplish this, a range of assessment methods are used and are applied depending upon the learning outcome in question and the type of module content being assessed. You’ll receive feedback after each assessment so you know what you have done well, and what you need to improve.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Foundation Principles 0
  • Foundation Principles 1
  • Foundation Principles 2
  • Engineering Study Skills
  • Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Environment
  • Engineering Principles 1
  • Engineering Principles 2
  • Projects and Systems
  • Graphical Communications and Computer Modelling
  • Engineering Applications
  • Mechanics of Materials and Machines
  • Thermofluids and Control Systems
  • Engineering Modelling and Analysis
  • Engineering in Business and Society
  • Major Project
  • Advanced Materials and Structures
  • Management and Enterprise in Engineering
  • Advanced Thermofluids and Control
  • Finite Element and Difference Solutions
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 49%, Practical exams 18%, Written exams 33%
Level twoCoursework 54%, Practical exams 10%, Written exams 36%
Level threeCoursework 52%, Practical exams 13%, Written exams 35%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level twoGuided independent study 74%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 26%
Level threeGuided independent study 78%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Safa Alhakeem
Programme Leader - Engineering Foundation Year

S.Alhakeem@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903833

Mamadou Ndiaye
Programme Leader - BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

M.Ndiaye@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903026

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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