Engineering Competence (Distance Learning) (Degree Apprenticeship) PgDip

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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time by distance learning
Duration
30 months part-time distance learning
Start Date
January 2019, April 2019

Overview

Do you want to study for a career-boosting diploma while you earn a salary?

On this PgDip Engineering Competence degree apprenticeship course, which lasts just over 2 years, you'll learn core skills in areas such as project management, team management and analytics.

You’ll cover topics such as sustainability and health and safety, and work on projects that contribute to your success at work. You'll tailor what you learn to suit your professional goals and the type of role that you have, as well as your employer's objectives.

The course is work-based, and combines a mixture of lectures and online learning. You'll spend 20% of your work time on your apprenticeship via lectures, distance learning, writing assignments and other related study. The government or your employer will pay your tuition fees – so it won't cost you anything.

After the course, you'll have the skills, knowledge and experience to take responsibility for complex engineering projects and move into more senior roles. You could also top your diploma up to a Master's degree and work towards achieving Chartered Engineering status, or complete a Master's degree through our Learning at Work department.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Get a postgraduate diploma (PgDip) while earning a salary
  • Improve your career prospects while making an effective contribution in the workplace
  • Tailor your learning to suit your job role, professional goals and employers objectives
  • Apply what your learn instantly in your job, giving you an advantage over students who do a full-time diploma
  • Develop business and analytical skills alongside practical engineering knowledge
  • Learn from staff who have professional experience in various engineering disciplines and links with employers and professional engineering institutions
  • Get a learning manager from the University and a workplace mentor
  • Tap in to our Library’s electronic resources, which you can access from anywhere with a Web connection
  • Have access to the University's student support services and community including study support and the Students’ Union
  • Work at your own pace, in your own time, in any location, with interactive online learning materials
  • Take part in live Web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students

Careers and opportunities

There's currently a shortage of talented engineers in the UK and abroad, so there will be many job opportunities open to you when you graduate, in your current organisation and beyond.

You can use the course to progress to senior or managerial engineering roles and top up to a Master's degree. You can also work towards Chartered Engineer Status.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Professional recognition

This degree apprenticeship is aligned with the current edition of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) at Chartered Engineer (CEng) level – so on completion of this apprenticeship, you'll have partially satisfied the requirements of CEng, and have reached the agreed level of professional competence as defined in the UK-SPEC Assessment Plan.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics subject.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (January 2019 and April 2019 start)

The payment of the course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice. Total tuition fees are £24,000 paid over 2 years.

Please see our degree apprenticeships page for further information.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You need to study units worth a total of 160 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits.

Units currently being studied

In the foundation phase (year 1), you’ll develop your learning contract with your employer. This outlines what you’ll learn and why. You can choose from various optional units delivered online through distance learning and in tutorials and workshops.

On these units, you’ll develop the key business and analytical skills that you'll need for postgraduate study. 

In the development phase (year 2) you’ll complete work-based projects. You’ll also do further optional units, which allow you to tailor your learning to the specialist skills, knowledge and behaviours that you need in your particular engineering role (for example, test engineer or engineering business manager).

Optional units

Options to choose from on this course include:

  • Project Management for Engineers
  • Sustainability
  • Health and Safety for Engineers
  • Organisations and managing the workforce
  • Learning Management

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills. You can contact us by phone and email and use our online resources.

Teaching​

Teaching on this course includes:

This course is primarily delivered via our interactive virtual learning environment. With access to all the study material you’ll need, discussion forums and the chance to connect with peers and lecturers via chat sessions, you’ll have plenty of academic support and heaps of resources.

Teaching methods include:

  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • webinars
  • work-based projects

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • scenario-based assessment
  • case studies
  • work-based projects
  • problem-based coursework and professional-style reports
  • computer-based portfolios
  • reflective reports
  • presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Apply

How you apply for a degree apprenticeship depends on whether you’re currently employed or not.

How to apply with your current employer

If you’re in full-time employment and would like to do a degree apprenticeship with your current employer, ask them to contact us so we can discuss with them how we can work together. 

You might find it useful to share our information for employers page with them.

How to apply with a new employer

If you’re not employed full-time or not working for a company that can fund and support your degree apprenticeship, you'll need to apply for a degree apprenticeship with a company that offers them.

You'll follow their standard recruitment process and we'll assess your academic suitability for the course once you've applied.

We can let you know when there are degree apprenticeship vacancies available with companies we work with – contact us to give us your details.

You can also browse degree apprenticeship vacancies with employers with whom we already have relationships.

If you have questions about degree apprenticeships, please get in touch with us

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply. 
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