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Combined Engineering BSc (Hons) Degree 2018/19 entry

Course code:

00DH - Degree
001H - HND
00CH - HNC

Study options:

3 year - Degree
2 year - HND
1 year - HNC

Location:

CU Coventry

Starting:

September 2018
November 2018
January 2019
February 2019
May 2019
June 2019

Fees:

Get in touch

+44 (0) 24 7765 8787


Overview

Considered an art by many, engineering is a combination of science and technology concerned with solving complex problems, such as machinery, infrastructure, design and more. Practitioners of this discipline have the capacity to work on significant global issues, such as the effects of climate change or improving city infrastructure.

Engineering allows you to combine creativity with precision every day. This qualification gives you broad and diverse career options, including molecular, transport, power, optical, vehicle and web engineering to name a few. Engineers are always in demand and with the right skills and qualifications, this industry can lead you to frequent travel, passion projects and a very fulfilling career.

Alongside possible international opportunities, you get the chance to conduct critical research with our experienced staff, learn from skilled guest visitors and take part in an invaluable placement year.  

Why CU Coventry

We are committed to delivering a modern university experience to all our students. Our unique timetable and teaching structure gives you flexibility and our small class sizes ensure students receive plenty of contact hours with tutors. We are also dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we kept our fees low, our timetable structured and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.

Employability

Dedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment

Top Quality Courses

Taught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University

No End of Year Exams

Our modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress

Professional Recognition

Specific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies

Your course in pictures

What our students say...

There is so much great practical work during this course. I particularly look forward to our lab sessions every week, because we get to do things ourselves. I’m now at a point where I feel comfortable with engineering language and software.

Dinesh Agnani - 2nd Year Combined Engineering Student

Course information

The Combined Engineering Degree has been designed to equip you with the intellectual and technical building blocks to kick-start your career in engineering. This inclusive programme will also provide you with the capacity to engage effectively in the application of modern technologies, so that you have the ability to solve today’s challenges and the problems of tomorrow.

Throughout the programme, you will touch on various disciplines of engineering, examining current trends and analysing design considerations for modern world application.

100%

of students were satisfied with the teaching, academic support and quality of the course.

National Student Survey (NSS) 2016

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Alongside an introduction to the underpinning principles of both electrical and mechanical engineering, this programme aims to help you develop proficiency in basic maths, science and applied knowledge. Throughout the year, you will learn highly sought-after design skills by using industry standard graphic software. This provides you with a solid foundation for further exploration in years two and three. Students who complete year one are awarded a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Combined Engineering.

Modules

  • Mathematical Principles for Engineers

    We aim to supply you with all the maths knowledge you need to be a competent engineer. We support your learning of algebra, trigonometry and calculus specifically for practice, enabling you to independently solve engineering problems. You will apply these mathematical principles to logic controllers and computer programming throughout the module.

  • Design and Engineering Graphics

    Using one of the top software programmes in the engineering industry, you will develop expertise in the application of design and simulation graphics. You benefit from access to premium suites for design processes and 3D modelling, such as 3D printers and PTC Creo.

  • Mechanical Engineering Science

    You will learn the basic knowledge of mechanical engineering science, design and operation of mechanical systems. You’ll explore their importance within industry and how they’re applied creatively to a variety of routine engineering problems. You’ll also learn the core principles of mechanical engineering, including statics, dynamics and fluidity.

  • Electrical and Electronic Science

    In this module, you’ll study the fundamental concepts and physical principles that underpin electrical and electronic engineering. You’ll consider their role in solving real-world problems, and explore key topics such as high-current power, voltage and low-current electronics. Finally, you’ll understand the science of combining components, building functioning circuits and ensuring performing results.

Thought about a different campus?

CU Coventry, CU London and CU Scarborough come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast. Find out more about the CU offering.

Overview

As the course progresses, you build on knowledge gained in year one to cement a solid foundation of core principles. You are no longer working with the basics of engineering; you will now advance your knowledge of electronic and mechanical engineering and use industry standard microcontrollers across a wide range of applications. You will also look at contemporary issues facing tomorrow’s engineers including renewable energy sources. Students who complete year two are awarded a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Combined Engineering.

Modules

  • Microcontroller Applications

    In this practical module, you are given a microcontroller which you can develop and design to perform a function of your choice. This project-based module has an assessment that focusses on problem-solving, programming abilities and the collated knowledge you gained in the first year.

  • Electrical Motors and Control Systems

    This unit focusses on controlling the function and speed of an electric controller. Knowing how they’re built and designed, you will gain contextualised knowledge of the application – which is essential for industry application. Assessments take a practical form in this module, with both group and individual elements.

  • Mechanical Engineering

    The theory learned in the first year of statistics, dynamics, fluidity and heat is refined and put to practical use, cementing your understanding of mechanical engineering. You will also get the chance to use our top-of-the range equipment and software, by conducting simulated work on the computer.

  • Renewable Energy Engineering

    You will reflect on how we generate power from environmental sources and consider the benefits and disadvantages of using renewable energies, such as solar power and wind power. You will assess the nuances of renewable energy, and look at factors like cost and inconvenience in the context of future application. 

Thought about a different campus?

CU Coventry, CU London and CU Scarborough come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast. Find out more about the CU offering.

Overview

Sandwich and placements years give you the opportunity to gain further insight into the industry or career you are seeking to follow. This enables you to contextualise the theoretical models and concepts discussed in the classroom in the work place. Furthermore, if you choose to take advantage of a placement or sandwich year, this version of the degree will help to increase your employment prospects by acquiring skills and gaining an understanding of what employers expect of graduates.

Overview

In the exciting final year, students refine the art of independent working. You will get the opportunity to study the field of Mechatronics, with investigation and analysis into Robotics and future trends. Working autonomously, you will develop the skills needed to excel in a modern engineering environment and refine your capacity to engage effectively with the application of modern technologies. Students who complete year three are awarded a BSc (Hons) Degree in Combined Engineering.

Modules

  • Robotics

    An exciting module, this component explores the complex and compelling world of robotics. Provided with kits assembled in various forms, you get the opportunity to build and design your own controlled robot. You will compose all the software and code required for successful usage, taking into account the role of semi-autonomous robots.

  • Engineering Management

    As a graduate of this course, you may go into a job whereby you’ll be a line manager right from the outset. Therefore, this module focuses purely on the project management of engineering, alongside the requirements for managing people and different management techniques. Assessments are in the form of reports, which develops your writing and communication skills. 

  • Mechatronics

    This is the study of combined mechanical and electrical engineering. A popular module, it focuses on the principles of modern technology and the crucial elements of future trends, giving our graduates higher value in the industry. 

  • Engineering Project

    The final year project will involve developing a solution a to real-world engineering problem. You will critically examine current trends in engineering design, production and management and apply these principles in a project environment. Previously, students have developed a functioning fingerprint scanner and experimented with controlling a robot through brainwave activity. 

Thought about a different campus?

CU Coventry, CU London and CU Scarborough come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast. Find out more about the CU offering.

12th

Coventry University is ranked 12th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2018. CU Coventry is part of the Coventry University Group.

In more detail...

  • Upon completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University, which is ranked 12th best University in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2018. Coventry University were also awarded Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in 2017.
  • You will receive support with applying for short and long-term placements, to gain the experience employers desire, with our in-house Careers & Employability department.
  • You will have the opportunity for multi-campus learning in Coventry, London and Scarborough.
  • We keep our fees low to make higher education more accessible to everyone. This means you benefit from an amazing modern university experience, at a competitive price.
  • Small tutorial group sessions of up to five people ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.
  • We teach Autodesk Revit, which is a very popular architectural, structural and building information management software.
  • Hands-on experience devising, creating and implement your ideas. Previous projects from CU Coventry students have included design of low cost digital keypad lock with LCD display as part of a home security system, investigation and design of a GPS Guided autonomous robot and reverse engineering, investigation and analysis of a headphone band.

Your main study themes are:

  •  Independent and autonomous working: You will gain the ability to critically appraise an engineering scenario, with a view to apply modern technologies to improve efficiency or effectiveness.
  • Industry Adaptation: Factors that influence engineering, policies and processes which includes the competitive marketplace, supply chain, technology development, legislation and environmental factors.
  • Project Management: You will be effective and efficient in project management, time management and organisation. You will be introduced to a number of applications and processes to facilitate the successful development of management skills.
  • Research Methods: Critical analysis, reflection, information searching and experimental design in engineering, data collection, analysis and design.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and include, practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Course Breakdown (approximate):

  • Coursework 90%
  • 10% Phase tests

90% assessed by coursework

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Critically appraise an engineering scenario with a view to apply innovative technologies to improve efficiency or effectiveness.
  • Explain engineering principles, solve simple, practical problems in an engineering context, show practical skills in a laboratory/workshop environment and have the educational preparation for a career as an engineering technician.
  • Use an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to engineering studies.
  • Develop practical skills to solve complex workshop based problems.
  • Appraise an engineering problem and debate alternative, sustainable solutions.
  • Key practical and transferable skills to enhance their long-term employability or to progress to specialist, postgraduate study.

Full-time students receive 18 hours of teaching each week.
Classes are split into two categories:
Morning - 9am-1pm
Afternoon - 2pm-6pm

Part-time students receive 8 hours of teaching each week.
Saturday - 9am-6pm
Tuesday and Thursday - 6am-10pm

We also hold tutorials in groups no larger than 5 every week. These sessions are mandatory and ensures you receive detailed feedback about your work, go into depth on specific topics and have any of your burning questions answered.

Groups are kept at an average of 25-50 students per class. This way, students can take advantage of small numbers to increase contact time with lecturers.

What our students say...

There is so much great practical work during this course. I particularly look forward to our lab sessions every week, because we get to do things ourselves. I’m now at a point where I feel comfortable with engineering language and software.

Dinesh Agnani - 2nd Year Combined Engineering Student

Entry Requirements

Combined Engineering Higher National Certificate (HNC)

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Combined Engineering Higher National Diploma (HND)

80 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Combined Engineering BSc (Hons) Degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

All HNC/HND/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

Combined Engineering also requires a Physics or Maths based A level or equivalent.

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we offer a number of programmes to help you secure a place. Successful completion of one of the below programmes guarantees you a place on a degree course with us, subject to meeting specified criteria.

Foundation Year

This degree programme has an integral stage 0 attached to it, so if you do not meet the entry requirements you may enter at the foundation level. Successful completion of our Foundation Engineering course will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Access to HE Course

Access to HE courses aim to bring your academic skills and topical knowledge up to optimal standard for higher education study. If you undertake an Access to HE course and then successfully complete a degree programme, the remaining balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off. Successful completion of our Engineering Access to HE course will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Combined Engineering Higher National Certificate (HNC)

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Combined Engineering Higher National Diploma (HND)

80 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Combined Engineering BSc (Hons) Degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

All HNC/HND/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

Combined Engineering also requires a Physics or Maths based A level or equivalent.

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we offer a number of programmes to help you secure a place. Successful completion of one of the below programmes guarantees you a place on a degree course with us, subject to meeting specified criteria.

Foundation Year

This degree programme has an integral stage 0 attached to it, so if you do not meet the entry requirements you may enter at the foundation level. Successful completion of our Foundation Engineering course will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Access to HE Course

Access to HE courses aim to bring your academic skills and topical knowledge up to optimal standard for higher education study. If you undertake an Access to HE course and then successfully complete a degree programme, the remaining balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off. Successful completion of our Engineering Access to HE course will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Combined Engineering Higher National Certificate (HNC)

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Combined Engineering Higher National Diploma (HND)

80 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Combined Engineering BSc (Hons) Degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

All HNC/HND/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.
Combined Engineering also requires a Physics or Maths based A level or equivalent.

CU Coventry welcomes international students from all around the globe. If you are an international student and are interested in applying you can do so by completing the online application form.

Once your application form has been processed you will receive the outcome of your application via your given email address.
Please be aware you will need the following information in order to make your application:

  • All academic transcripts
  • Copies of degree/diploma certificates or work reference if employed
  • One academic reference
  • Be trained to English language proficiency level IELTS 6.0 (HNC - year 1/HND - year 2) or IELTS 6.5 (Degree/Top Up - year 3)
  • Your personal statement
  • Copy of your current passport

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to CU Coventry. We assess an applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course, and we may feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer to CU Coventry. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join CU Coventry.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. Requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made CU Coventry their firm choice.

CU Coventry has assessed that you can achieve the required grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer if you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in the year for which they applied.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we have a number of programmes which upon completion, automatically qualifies you onto a place on this degree course, such as Foundation Years or Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

What our students say...

There is so much great practical work during this course. I particularly look forward to our lab sessions every week, because we get to do things ourselves. I’m now at a point where I feel comfortable with engineering language and software.

Dinesh Agnani - 2nd Year Combined Engineering Student

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,350 (per year)


November 2018

£7,350 (per year)


January 2019

£7,350 (per year)


February 2019

£7,350 (per year)


May 2019

£7,350 (per year)


June 2019

£7,350 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,350 (per year)


November 2018

£7,350 (per year)


January 2019

£7,350 (per year)


February 2019

£7,350 (per year)


May 2019

£7,350 (per year)


June 2019

£7,350 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2018

£10,700 (per year)


November 2018

£10,700 (per year)


January 2019

£10,700 (per year)


February 2019

£10,700 (per year)


May 2019

£10,700 (per year)


June 2019

£10,700 (per year)


Fees & Funding

Full-time (UK/EU)

For the academic year 2018/19, each six-week block will cost £1,837.50. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £7,350. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

Part-time (UK/EU)                                                                  

The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year.
Each stage of the qualification (HNC/HND/Degree) will require you to complete four academic blocks. You can study up to four blocks in one academic year or study at a slower pace (usually three academic blocks per year). Please note if you do study at a slower pace you will need to re-enrol to complete your studies in the next academic year.

For the academic year 2018/19, each block for part-time students will cost £1,837.50. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2018/19 is: £7,350.

Funding

As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Coventry from Student Finance England.

International

For the academic year 2018/19, each six-week block will cost £2,675. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £10,700. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

What our students say...

There is so much great practical work during this course. I particularly look forward to our lab sessions every week, because we get to do things ourselves. I’m now at a point where I feel comfortable with engineering language and software.

Dinesh Agnani - 2nd Year Combined Engineering Student

Career prospects

With an ever-growing demand of engineering professionals in all industries, graduates of this course have an expansive list of career paths to explore. Successfully completing the BSc means your chances of employment are improved and the level at which you enter the jobs market could mean a higher salary.

Successful graduates will be knowledgeable across a range of engineering disciplines. Graduates can go on to work in a vast range of engineering sectors such as software, nuclear, textile or civil engineering.

The BSc could lead towards professional membership of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) or the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE) and/or a platform for specialist MSc/MEng study.

Many of our graduates have progressed to postgraduate study and are working towards a master’s qualification in fields such as, petroleum engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and automotive engineering.

Previous graduates have progressed to become Engineering Technicians, Project Managers and Trainee Engineering Lecturers.

97%

of our students were in work or further study six months after they left university.

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016

What our students say...

There is so much great practical work during this course. I particularly look forward to our lab sessions every week, because we get to do things ourselves. I’m now at a point where I feel comfortable with engineering language and software.

Dinesh Agnani - 2nd Year Combined Engineering Student