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The Engineering With Pathways B.Eng (Hons) top-up course, validated by The Open University, offers students who already have an engineering foundation degree the opportunity to continue their studies to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

This part-time course is designed to be completed whilst students are actively working in an engineering role. The vocational nature of the course, combined with contemporary theory around the most up-to-date techniques, provides students with skills they can apply directly to their role.

The course provides students with the option to specialise in their chosen field: electrical, mechanical, manufacturing, electronic engineering or automotive. Students will cover a broad range of engineering theory and practical techniques, covering the underpinning science and mathematics knowledge, analysis skills, creativity, design, material knowledge, management techniques, problem-solving skills and professional standards understanding required to operate as an Incorporated Engineer.

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265,000 skilled entrants are required annually to meet the demand for engineering enterprises forecast in 2024*.

  • Engineering UK 2017 report: Synopsis and recommendations, 2017


B.Eng (Hons) Engineering (Mechanical) B.Eng (Hons) Engineering (Electrical) B.Eng (Hons) Engineering (Electronics) B.Eng (Hons) Engineering (Manufacturing) B.Eng (Hons) Engineering (Automotive)

  • Application method: Apply directly to the College
  • Location: Havering College of Further and Higher Education
  • Validating Body: The Open University (OU)
  • Students who complete the course successfully will receive a B.Eng bachelor’s degree with honours from The Open University. Programmes are validated by The Open University and are subsequently revalidated as appropriate.
  • Professional body accreditation: Successful completion of this courses satisfies the academic requirements of UK-SPEC for accredited programmes leading to Incorporated Engineer (I.Eng) status.


Timetables are usually available one month before registration. Please note, whilst we make every effort to ensure that timetables are integrated and are as convenient as possible for our students, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week for student convenience.


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and meetings with your personal tutor:

  • Lectures will provide you with most of the fundamental subject information knowledge that you will require and will be taught in large groups.
  • Meetings with your personal tutor will give you the opportunity to discuss topics in detail, highlight any areas of difficulty and discuss your progression through the course.
  • Workshop and simulation sessions will give you hands-on experience of engineering techniques and software, and as a part of your course will have access to the latest engineering simulation packages, including CAD, Matlab and SOLIDWORKS.

Independent learning

When you are not attending lectures, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by our excellent facilities, including the library and the learning zone.

Overall workload

Per week, you will typically have:

  • 7 hours of lectures
  • 1 hour of workshops and simulation sessions
  • 0.5 hours per fortnight of one-to-one meetings

Over the course of each year, you will spend 73% of your time in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

  • Teaching and learning and assessment: 8.25 hours
  • Independent learning: 3 hours

Entry Requirements

For entry to this course, you will need to have an engineering foundation degree worth 240 credits, such as the foundation degree offered by Havering College, or equivalent. The qualification will need to consist of at least 120 credits at level 5.

Additional information for international students:

If English is not your first language, you will need an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.

Where will it take me?

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to progress in your engineering career, to apply for management positions and to continue your professional development to reach Incorporated Engineer (I.Eng) status.

The course also provides the foundation for further qualifications in engineering, including a master’s degree (M.Eng) or postgraduate research (PhD). Students completing level 7 qualifications can continue their professional development to achieve Chartered Engineer (C.Eng) status. The programme has been designed to meet the requirements of the contemporary engineering industry and is underpinned by the research knowledge and industry experience of our staff.

At the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and understanding of scientific and mathematical principles and their application in solving engineering problems
  • An appreciation of the context of historical, current and future engineering principles
  • Application and integration of other engineering disciplines with their own
  • Awareness of quality
  • The use of analytical methods and modelling techniques
  • A systems approach to engineering problems
  • An understanding of the contexts for engineering application
  • The ability to act in technical uncertainty
  • Identification of problems and constraints including environmental, sustainability, health and safety and risk assessment issues
  • Consideration of customer needs to deliver solutions that are fit-for-purpose
  • Creativity to deliver innovative solutions
  • An understanding of the legal requirements in which engineering must operate, as well as codes of practice, industry standards, intellectual property and contractual issues
  • An understanding of the professional and ethical conduct required and the need for sustainable development

Course Modules

Mechanical strand:

Year 1

  • Engineering Applications of Mathematical Modelling
  • Advanced Thermodynamics
  • Business and Environmental Challenges
  • Quality Techniques

Year 2

  • Team Project
  • Innovation and Design for Sustainability
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics

Electrical strand:

Year 1

  • Engineering Applications of Mathematical Modelling
  • Electrical Power Transmission Systems
  • Business and Environmental Challenges
  • Quality Techniques

Year 2

  • Team Project
  • Innovation and Design for Sustainability
  • Digital Communications Networks

Electronics strand:

Year 1

  • Engineering Applications of Mathematical Modelling
  • Advanced Digital Techniques
  • Business and Environmental Challenges
  • Construction and Functionality of Analogue Services

Year 2

  • Team Project
  • Innovation and Design for Sustainability
  • Quality Techniques

Manufacturing strand:

Year 1

  • Engineering Applications of Mathematical Modelling
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • Business and Environmental Challenges
  • Quality Techniques

Year 2

  • Team Project
  • Innovation and Design for Sustainability
  • Advanced Manufacturing Techniques

The course operates on a modular basis. Most modules carry 15 academic credits, with the team project carrying 30 credits. Students take 30 credits per semester and the full B.Eng (Hons) top-up qualification is worth 120 credits. Your overall grade for the course, and your B.Eng (Hons) degree classification, will be based on the marks obtained for modules taken in all modules. You will need to pass all modules in order to obtain your degree.

Course Assessment Method

This course provides you with the opportunity to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice, or formative, assessment for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them will not count towards your module mark.

There will be formal or summative assessment during, or at the end of, each module. Assessment methods will include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and a final year major project. The grades from your formal assessments will count towards your module mark.

Assessment breakdowns per year

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework will depend to some extent on the optional modules chosen. The approximate breakdown for this course is shown below:

Year 1

  • 50% coursework
  • 50% written exams

Year 2

  • 65% coursework
  • 35% written exams


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework and examination within three weeks of your submission. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

You must pass all modules in order to finish the course and gain your qualification.

Course costs

The following course related costs are included in the fees:

  • All workshop materials
  • The use of simulation software
  • Access to the Learning Resource Centre
  • Access to the computer facilities
  • Access to College Support Services
  • Membership of the College Union
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Assessment
  • Registration costs
  • Annual printing allowance of £10
  • Use of paper and online journals provided in the library

The following costs are not included in the fees:

  • Health and Safety equipment and clothing
  • Course books - you will be provided with a book list so that you are able to buy textbooks if you wish, although there are multiple copies available in the library
  • Additional printing over and above the £10 allowance

Sources for financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance, you may be eligible for additional benefits. Details can be found on the Student Services homepage -

Where and When

Engineering With Pathways B.Eng (HONS) (Top Up) Part Time

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Fee Information

Course Code Study Mode Start Date Under 16 16-18 19+ International
J555HEP-19 Part Time 23/09/2019 N/A £2,500 £2,500 N/A

Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year, they are estimated at this stage and will be confirmed at enrolment.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.

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Bachelor in Engineering with pathways Programme Specification 2018 

bachlor engineering with pathways programme specification 2018

2019/20 Prospectus

Havering College Course Guide 2019/20

Ofsted 2016 Report