Engineering Project Day, 30th April 2019; 
TEC-0419-Engineering Project Day

Mode of Study

Part-time

Duration

18 months

Start date

September 2023

Overview

Make the most of your manufacturing career, with this 18-month degree apprenticeship that lets you keep earning while you turn your HND or Foundation degree into a full honours degree. 

You'll produce your own high-quality products in our manufacturing workshops as you develop your computer-aided design skills and learn about successful product manufacturing. 

This is a top-up degree apprenticeship course, which means you'll spend 4 days of your working week in your job, and the remaining 1 studying to turn your HND or Foundation degree into a full honours degree, You’ll be able to put what you learn to work immediately, developing your career as you contribute to the success of your company. And your fees are covered by your employer, or the Government, so you won’t face any tuition costs. 

Course highlights

  • Get to grips with our CAD and rapid prototyping suites, energy systems lab, petroleum engineering lab, and metrology and 3D scanning microscopy facilities as you design and build your products
  • Learn about the underlying elements of successful engineering and manufacturing projects, including solid mechanics and dynamics, and electrical and electronic principles
  • Develop your skills in sustainable development, statistical process control and product quality control
  • Contribute to the global engineering community as you build a network of professional peers and fellow students from other surveying and civil engineering disciplines
  • Have access to the University's student support services and community including the Library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union
  • Get free student registration to the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), where you'll find professional advice and techniques you’ll use in your study and career.
  • Study alongside your job, with support from a personal University tutor and a workplace mentor
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Entry requirements

BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship) entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A relevant HND, Foundation degree, or successful completion of 2 years of degree study in a relevant subject with an overall grade of merit, or above.

All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass.

Please note that we cannot accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you're unsure whether you have a suitable qualification, please get in touch.

Applicants without relevant qualifications will need to attend an interview and/or submit a portfolio to support their application.

Selection process
  • Applicants may need to attend an interview and/or submit a portfolio to support their application.

You may need to have studied specific subjects.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

You and your employer

When you begin studying for your degree apprenticeship:

  • You need to be 18 or over
  • You should be able to satisfy government requirements on residency: 
    • you must be a citizen or have the right to live in the UK/EEA
    • you must have been a resident in the UK/EEA (not the Channel Islands or Isle of Man) for a minimum of 3 years
    • you must not need a Student Route visa, and must not have been on a Student Route visa within the past 3 years
  • You need to have the right to work in the UK, and to spend at least 50% of your working hours in England
  • Your job should meet the requirements of the apprenticeship standard relevant to this degree – we can advise you and your employer on this
  • Your employer needs to have registered an apprentice service account – we can help your employer with this if needed

If you aren't currently working in a relevant field, you can apply for a job and degree apprenticeship simultaneously. Read more about applying for this degree apprenticeship.

Facilities

Laser ablation sample cell

Electron microscopy and microanalysis unit

Develop your practice in high-magnification imaging and analysis of natural and manufactured materials with microscopy, diffraction, laser-ablation and mass spectrometry equipment.

Discover the unit

Engineering Project Day, 30th April 2019; 
TEC-0419-Engineering Project Day

3D printing workshop

Test concepts, build prototypes and bring your designs to life in our 3D printing workshop.

Explore workshop

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Energy Systems Laboratory

Our energy systems lab includes heat pumps, two wind tunnels, solar thermal collector and several engines, student project test rigs and our Formula Student design and development area.

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree?

Graduates of this course can go on to work in areas including:

  • product design
  • manufacturing and installation
  • project management
  • research development
  • computer aided design (CAD)
  • computer aided manufacturing (CAM)
  • controls and programming
  • quality management

What jobs can you do with a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • manufacturing engineer
  • product design engineer
  • aerospace engineer
  • application engineer
  • design engineer
  • CAD/CAM/CAE engineer
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Ongoing career support – up to 5 years after you graduate

Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience.

Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.

Futureproof your career

What you'll study on this Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree apprenticeship

On this Manufacturing Engineer degree apprenticeship, you'll study modules worth 120 credits.

Modules

Core modules include:

  • BEng Individual Project – 40 credits
  • Computer Aided Engineering (Product Realisation) – 20 credits
  • Design for Quality – 20 credits
  • Manufacturing Systems – 20 credits
  • Sustainable Development and Environmental Management – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this course.

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, course content is revised and regularly reviewed.  This may result in changes being made in order to reflect developments in research, learning from practice and changes in policy at both national and local levels.

Teaching

When you’re at University, you’ll gain skills, knowledge and competence through lectures and tutorials. You’ll then get to put what you learn into practice in your job.

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • practical lab sessions

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a web connection.

Teaching staff profiles

These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this degree course.

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Dr Ivan Popov

Principal Lecturer

Ivan.Popov@port.ac.uk

PhD Supervisor

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Professor Hom Dhakal

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Hom.Dhakal@port.ac.uk

PhD Supervisor

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Mariana Iordanova Dotcheva Portrait
Dr Mariana Dotcheva

Senior Lecturer

Mariana.Dotcheva@port.ac.uk

PhD Supervisor

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Sergey Andreyevich Khaustov Portrait
Dr Sergey Khaustov

Teaching Fellow

sergey.khaustov@port.ac.uk

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How you're assessed

The assessments you take on this Manufacturing Engineer degree apprenticeship include:

  • a 10,000-word individual project report
  • product development projects
  • engineering design portfolios
  • exams
  • essays
  • reports
  • presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. Feedback is also provided on your individual project report before your final submissions.

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

How you'll spend your time

A typical week

On this Manufacturing Engineering degree apprenticeship, you'll spend 4 days a week at work and 1 day a week at University for around 18 months.

You’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures and workshops for about 8–10 hours on 1 day a week during term time. You also do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course.

The day of the week you're at University will be the same each week, so you can plan how to fit your study time into your working routine and other commitments at the start of the year. You may need to come to University on different days during examination periods – we'll let you know what these are at the start of the year.

On the weeks you don't go into university, you'll still spend 20% of your time learning outside of your main job role.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll get a workplace mentor who's there to support you during your apprenticeship. They'll understand your workplace responsibilities and help you to balance your workload in your workplace and in your studies

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • understand and use assignment feedback

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

As well as support from faculty 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

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2023 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 for 2023 start are to be confirmed.

Please see our degree apprenticeships page for further information.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Costs breakdown

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

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 £100 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Apply

The application deadline is Monday 21 August 2023. Applications received after this date may not be considered.

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When you apply for a role that includes one of our degree apprenticeships, you'll follow the company's standard recruitment process for the job, while we assess your academic suitability for the course.

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Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.