Full-time: Five Years
4C00; Short form: CAEMeng/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. Further develop your ability to apply a socially aware, responsible and consistent approach to design, manufacturing and organisation – essential for professional engineers - and meet the academic criteria you need to progress to Chartered Engineer status. Throughout your studies you’ll apply modern computer-aided engineering techniques to the manufacturing industry, studying modules designed to improve your analysis and problem-solving capabilities - and in your final year, you’ll take part in student-led project and individual projects to put all of your new skills into real-world application. You’ll graduate thoroughly prepared to take on the engineering industry.
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.
The table applies to full-time study. If studying part-time you can take up to four modules per year. With a suitable HND in Engineering it is possible to enter the third year of the course.
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 intended to provide the opportunity to gain a degree and additional valuable experience to enable graduates to have a good chance of entering the motor sports industry. It has been developed as a direct result of the need for professionals within the motor sports industry and satisfies the requirements of an Engineering Council Institution.
The MEng is a four year course (five year if on Foundation entry), plus an extra year if an industrial placement is included. Satisfactory completion of an industrial placement leads to the award: MEng (Honours) CAE with Industrial Placement.
Studies provide the core knowledge and skills essential to a thorough understanding of engineering processes and include: manufacturing engineering; electronics; mechanics; engineering drawing; and analytical methods. Subsequently, competence is further developed by taking more specialised CAE modules in computer-aided design, finite element analysis and simulation. Final year projects encourage detailed exploration of your own specific areas of interest.
Our close links with industry mean everything you’ll learn reflects current best practice - especially as you’ll be taught by staff with successful careers in the aerospace and automotive industries.
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
The course is delivered by staff from the School of Engineering who are active in both research and knowledge.
Areas of Expertise include:
Engineering Design & Manufacture, 2D & 3D CAD/Drafting with AutoCAD - CAD/CAM with Alphacam, 3D CAD Solidworks, Autodesk Inventor, 3D Studio Max, Engineering Simulation - FEA, Motion Analysis, Fluid Dynamics, Advanced Composites Design and Manufacture, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Materials Technology.
- Prof Ian Sherrington has an inter-disciplinary background in physics, mathematics, computing, and engineering, and has interests in wear prediction, wear measurement, friction measurement, effects of wear debris, lubricant leakage and oil film thickness measurement.
- Graham Calderbank is an engineering lecturer and researcher at the University of Central Lancashire. He teaches across several engineering courses in a variety of subject areas, including fluid dynamics and thermodynamics, dynamic systems relating to motor sports, engineering focussed computer programming with MATLAB and LabView, and the design & development of engineering products. Graham is also involved in research with the Jost Institute, and is currently investigating the lubrication of crosshead engines with a view to developing a control system to optimise the lubrication of two-stroke marine diesel engines. Prior to joining UCLan, Graham spent several years as a product engineer for a Lancashire based company that designed and manufactured automotive components.
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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The quality of this course has been recognised with accreditation to Chartered Engineer status by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering Design, for fully meeting education requirement for Chartered Engineer status (CEng).
We use lectures and applications based learning through assignments and design briefs. You will use a substantial student workshop for the module in manufacturing as well as traditional lecture rooms for other modules. In recent years, the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences has moved into a brand new building with impressive computer facilities and specialist labs.
You’ll have the opportunity to join the Innovation Club and work with a diverse group of students and staff on innovative projects.
Assessment is done using formal examinations and coursework. As the course progresses less emphasis is given to assessment by examination and more to coursework.
On successful completion of this programme, you will be eligible to apply for progression to postgraduate studies.
A first or second class honours degree in Computer Aided Engineering will allow proceeding to master studies. Students may apply to suitable masters in mechanical engineering, manufacturing, product design or management.
A third class honour degree in Computer Aided Engineering will allow proceeding to further to postgraduate studies.
Graduates in CAE pursue careers in a wide range of industries including aerospace, marine, nuclear and petrochemical. Their roles are usually in design, manufacturing or production.
Engineering graduates are in greater demand than ever, which means the options for you are rich and endless, including careers in aerospace, the automotive industry, the Ministry of Defence and research development.
Put simply, engineers are concerned with the conversion of natural resources into valuable products and services that benefit us all. Those choosing a career in engineering can be confident that their skills will always be in demand. Those with specific knowledge of Computer-Aided Engineering will also have the ability to exploit the advantages of new technologies to extend their engineering expertise. This degree course provides a programme of study containing modern computer-aided engineering techniques that are applied within manufacturing industry. These include computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacture and computer-aided production management.
You’ll have access to modern computer facilities and specialist laboratories in electronics, manufacturing and motor sports, and learn how to use state-of-the-art engineering software including Solid Works, Ansys, MatLab and Excel, and how to perform advanced simulations.