Each unit studied will be delivered via a combination of lectures and workshop/laboratory activities by outstanding industry experienced staff with a range of specialisms that will connect your learning to the world of employment.
Class contact hours are based on approximately seven hours on your day of study at the centre but you will be required to undertake a substantial amount of self-study to supplement the class based activities.
Units to be studied in Y1:
Students will be introduced to mathematical methods applicable to the engineering industry and statistical techniques in order to analyse and solve problems within an engineering context. You will interpret data using statistical techniques, and use analytical and computational methods to evaluate and solve engineering problems.
Engineering is a discipline that uses scientific theory to design, develop or maintain structures, machines, systems, and processes. Among the topics included in this unit are: international system of units, interpreting data, static and dynamic forces, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, material properties and failure, and A.C./D.C. circuit theories.
Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM):
The capacity to quickly produce finished components from a software model is now essential in the competitive world of manufacturing. Businesses now invest heavily in Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) software and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines to facilitate this, thus reducing product lead times. CAD gives design engineers the platform to creatively model components that meet the specific needs of the consumer. When these models are combined with CAM software, manufacturing is made a reality.
Electro, Hydraulic & Pneumatic Systems:
Hydraulics and pneumatics incorporate the importance of fluid power theory in modern industry. This is the technology that deals with the generation, control, and movement of mechanical elements or systems with the use of pressurised fluids in a confined system. In respect of hydraulics and pneumatics, both liquids and gases are considered fluids. Oil hydraulics employs pressurised liquid petroleum oils and synthetic oils, whilst pneumatic systems employ an everyday recognisable process of releasing compressed air to the atmosphere after performing the work.
The tremendous possibilities of the techniques and processes developed by engineers can only be realised by great design. Design turns an idea into a useful artefact, the problem into a solution, or something ugly and inefficient into an elegant, desirable and cost effective everyday object. Within this unit you will prepare an engineering design specification that satisfies stakeholders’ requirements.
Managing a Professional Engineering Project:
The responsibilities of an engineer go far beyond completing the task at hand. Engineering involves reflecting on their role in a wider ethical, environmental and sustainability context. This unit introduces students to the techniques and best practices required to successfully create and manage an engineering project designed to identify a solution to an engineering need. It is designed to challenge your decision making and reasoning and professional skills as you present your final project.
Mechanical principles have been crucial for engineers to convert the energy produced by burning oil and gas into systems to propel, steer and stop our automobiles, aircraft and ships, amongst thousands of other applications. The knowledge and application of these mechanical principles is still the essential
underpinning science of all machines in use today or being developed into the latest technology.
Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines:
Thermodynamics is one of the most common applications of science in our lives, and it is so much a part of our daily life that it is often taken for granted. For example, when driving your car you know that the fuel you put into the tank is converted into energy to propel the vehicle, and the heat produced by burning gas when cooking will produce steam which can lift the lid of the pan. These are
examples of thermodynamics, which is the study of the dynamics and behaviour of energy and its manifestations.
*All units are subject to change across each academic year.
It is expected applicants will have a level 3 BTEC Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering qualification or other recognised level 3 Mechanical Engineering qualification that includes advanced maths & science or have A levels in Maths & Science subjects or 60 UCAS points
You will be invited for an interview to assess your suitability for the course, other qualifications may be considered.
● You will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods including, displays, case studies, presentations, extended written work and practical assessments.
● You will also carry out a project in year 2 where you can apply your skills and knowledge gained throughout your studies.
On successful completion of this qualification you can progress onto:
HND in Mechanical Engineering
Or you can use the 120 credits gained to move over to a degree.