Engineering (Design)

West Suffolk College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of East Anglia

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Course summary

B Eng (Hons) Engineering (Design) (subject to validation) This is a University of East Anglia validated programme, delivered by West Suffolk College in our dedicated STEM Innovation Campus. Engineering council accreditation will be sought as soon as possible Engineers are involved in virtually all aspects of the modern world and is made up of many distinct pathways and specialisations. Our degree allows a student to get a thorough grounding in fundamental engineering principles and skills before specialising in a particular engineering discipline. Design engineers are the basis for many industries, their abilities to innovate are vital to gaining competitive advantage over competitors. The use of integrated design tools help ensure products are manufacturable and functional before production, is a valuable tool in the designers’ skillset. The regular engineering topics are covered in year 1, additionally workshop practices and a research project are used to develop skills utilised in the future. In year two, students choose their preferred pathway, from a choice of manufacturing, design, management and mechatronics (subject to minimum numbers per pathway). The year continues to build the foundation topics, whilst beginning specialist study. Year 3 gives the option of a supervised work placement, obtained by the student, giving valuable experience of the engineering world. The final year includes a large engineering project, counting as two modules, with additional specialist units.

Course details


Modules are subject to variation prior to validation of degree Year 1 Computer Aided Design Core skills are developed. The use of assemblies, user defined attributes, orthographic projections, tolerances, materials, kinematics and video output is investigated. Electrical and Electronic Principles The principles behind electrical and electronic devices, including power transmission, Kirchhoff and ohms laws, functions of components and design of circuits are investigated. Engineering Mathematics A grounding in the numerical and algebraic techniques used in the engineering world. Techniques are applied, experimentation will be used to prove theories. Engineering Science & Materials The application of physics and chemistry to the engineering world, the module provides core knowledge for structural analysis and links to material utilisation. Workshop Practices Students undertake hand fitting techniques, manual and computer numeric controlled machining. Assemblies are created using a variety of fixing methods. Mechanical Principles Static, dynamic and oscillating engineering systems are studied, Correlation to computer analysis is investigated. Year 2 Engineering Design This is the process of design, it looks at methods of design solution generation, creating specifications, solution selection, use of cad models and drawings for investigation and manufacturing. Manufacturing Principles An introduction to manufacturing for all classes of materials. Methodologies for high and low volume manufacturing are explored. Quality Systems Quality is a prerequisite for manufacturing worldwide. This module gives students the knowledge to ensure quality is assured and controlled in engineering. Engineering Management Principles Techniques and principles of management aligned to an engineering environment are studied. The structure, functioning and performance of organisations will be investigated Cad Based Analysis CAD Analysis is a cost-effective way of prototyping engineering solutions. New designs can be loaded far in excess of service conditions safely, fluid flow can be analysed, heat movement can be assessed. Application of Materials This is using material properties and applying them to design solutions. Material selection requires justification, the effect of processing as well and material constraints are accounted for. Year 3 Engineering Project This module is the culmination of the degree course, giving students the opportunity to explore areas related to the rest of the course. Lean Manufacturing Minimising waste in both energy and materials is at the heart of lean manufacturing. It is a basic function of engineering. Quality Management Quality systems require an understanding of different philosophies, as well as where and how they can be applied. Additive Manufacturing The use of general purpose manufacturing machines has made the creation of both metal and plastic parts more available without the need for dedicated tools and equipment. Digital Analysis The study of complex systems is undertaken. Fluid, heat and animated systems are studied looking. Iterative design and testing will be undertaken. Optional Work Placement Module The work placement module provides students with skills and experience employers seek. The placement should be over 32 weeks and sits between year 2 and 3. The module does not contribute to the degree classification but will be graded pass/ fail. Termly meetings in the workplace will take place. This is available to all students on all pathways.

Assessment method

There is formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of exams, project reports, laboratory reports, coursework assessments, The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Access to year 2 can be achieved with an engineering based HNC, entry to year 3 can be achieved with an engineering based HND depending on units studied. This will be assessed by tutors on a case by case basis.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 points

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8500* Year 1
England £8500* Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500* Year 1
Scotland £8500* Year 1
Wales £8500* Year 1
Channel Islands £8500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Students are encouraged to join one of the engineering institutions. Fees vary depending on institution selected, approximately £20.
Engineering (Design) at West Suffolk College - UCAS