B467; Short form: ME/Fe
Preston (Campus code: U)
Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. If you’ve spent much of your life to date taking things apart to see how they work, this course is for you.
As a mechanical engineer, you’ll use your knowledge of fundamental engineering principles like mechanics, materials, thermofluids and computer-aided design to analyse and design objects and systems with motion. You’ll graduate with a rounded education that prepares you to take ideas all the way from idea to production and launch. You’ll also develop skills in user needs - vital for anyone working in this field - and business plan development as part of your final year project, which draws together everything you’ve learned on the course.
Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).
Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities.
The course is structured around engineering capabilities graduates require rather than traditional academic sub-disciplines. You will follow a coherent programme of study that allows you to draw in the relevant elements of engineering regardless of where in the traditional "map" of the subject they lie.
The Mechanical Engineering degree combines the fundamentals of traditional courses in this subject with our long experience of providing a rounded education that ensures graduates are prepared to work in a range of industrial sectors. In addition to fundamental elements such as analysis, mechanics, systems integration, materials properties and computer-aided design, students also develop skills in user needs, business plan development and (at MEng level) social, legal and professional ethics considerations. The BEng project presents an opportunity to integrate learning across the course, while the MEng includes a higher-level project that enables students to demonstrate application of their knowledge at a fully professional level, and a group project that develops and demonstrates their ability to work within a team. The latter experience that is highly valued in industry. Those choosing a placement route spend a year in industry in their second or third year.
Course leader: Dr Andrew Fsadni
"Joining the Engineering society gave me a great chance to get involved with Projects. I joined the Shell Eco marathon team and for the past 2 years have built a fuel-efficient car for a European competition each year. This allowed me to work with a group of students from multiple different years and disciplines while trying out new things such as making carbon fibre parts".
This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.
Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.
“If you’re in any doubt about placements, do it! It gives you an idea of being in the industry you have chosen to be a part of. You can make sure it is right for you and gives you an idea of what area within that industry you enjoy, what you don’t like and where the most money is made. That way you can focus your time learning and honing the skills required for that chosen area while the facilities are still available while you are a student.”
Oliver Forbes-Shaw, INDUSTRY PLACEMENT STUDENT
Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.
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Over the past few years students have been taken on field trips to several world-class organisations, both locally and overseas.
Our students are also involved in industry and research-led projects.
Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering Designers as meeting partial fulfilment of the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer.
The student workshop provides a centre for those wanting careers in engineering design and development. The workshop has CNC lathe and milling machines, a five-axis laser cutter and a wide variety of machine shop equipment. There is a race facility where cars are prepared for formal competitive events. The composites workshop is used for a variety of activities from research on resin infusion to the development of the F3 hovercraft.
CAD facilities include SolidWorks, FLUENT (CFD), COMSOL, ANSYS, CATIA and many other software packages. The dynamometer is used for engine mapping and development.
As a student, you will have the opportunity to join the Innovation Club and work with a diverse group of students and staff on innovative projects. You will also take part in specialised research/industry-led group projects.
Engineering Innovation Centre
Industrial Placement is a 48 week placement with a company which is assessed by portfolio and contributes to the course outcomes. You are responsible for identifying and winning the placement, but the University supports this via links to industry and training in application and interview skills.
Engineering graduates are in greater demand than ever and due to the broad and very diverse nature of Mechanical Engineering, a variety of career options are available to you, including careers in aerospace, the automotive industry, biotechnology, computing and electronics, manufacturing, energy conversion, the Ministry of Defence and research development. If you’re interested in the applied scientific and mathematical aspects of the discipline, you can carry on into a career in research and teaching.