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BEng (Hons) Engineering (Top Up) – 1 year

The one-year BEng top-up programme is designed to complete the journey to a full degree programme, either from a Foundation Degree or an equivalent Level 5 qualification.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Engineering
Higher Education
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 6
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Weeks: 36
Hours: 9.00
Start: 12/09/2024
Tuition: £8500 Per Year
The Roundhouse

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Course Information for Students

The one-year BEng top-up programme is designed to complete the journey to a full degree programme, either from a Foundation Degree or an equivalent Level 5 qualification.

The College offers the following three programmes:

  • BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering (Top-Up)
  • BEng (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering (Top-Up)
  • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Top-Up)

The programmes are currently going through accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council. 

This programme is delivered at our Roundhouse campus in the award-winning vocational skills centre packed with the latest industry standard
scientific and mechanical equipment – from rapid prototyping to robotics, CAD to electronics.

The course is delivered as a series of modules that cover the major themes in engineering. Each module will constitute 1.5 hours per week for 36 weeks per year. The lecturer for each module has relevant industry and academic experience. 

As well as nine hours spent in College, it is expected that the student will equal this time working outside the College on assessments, research, revision and other learning activities. 

This is a new programme which will run with a minimum of ten students enrolled on each pathway. The qualification is regulated by the OfS and awarded by Sheffield Hallam University.

All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues.  

You will need to be employed and have permission from your employer to undertake this programme. 

You should have one of the following:

  • The FdEng Integrated Engineering (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • A Foundation Degree from another university in a relevant field
  • A HND in an engineering field at Merit level

You will also need:

  • GCSE English and Maths grades 9-4/A*- C.

International students will need to demonstrate the minimum IELTS score identified for this course in English, in addition to having a successful interview.  Please contact the College for more information.

All applicants are subject to approval by Sheffield Hallam University.

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Top-Up)

  • Further Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Applied Structural Mechanics and Finite Element Analysis
  • Design Evaluation Methodology
  • Systems Engineering
  • Project and Project Management

BEng (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering (Top-Up)

  • Design Evaluation Methodology
  • Composite Materials
  • Further Manufacturing Techniques and Materials
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Project and Project Management

BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering (Top-Up)

  • Electronic Engineering Application
  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Project and Project Management
  • Control Systems Engineering

This course will be delivered on-site.


Each module has a different approach to assessment, optimised for the materials studied and skills acquired. There is a common theme of high-quality presentation, referenced research and in-depth analysis that runs through all assessments, be they examinations, seminars, coursework or laboratory reports.

The intensity of the programme means that any prospective student must be able to make the commitment to study extensively outside of normal College hours.

The programme is strongly academic and aims to develop engineers who have both academic and problem-solving skills in combination with work-based vocational skills. It partly meets the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer. 

Students may take up a career in the development and maintenance of manufacturing process plant, the design and build of mechanical or electrical components, or the modelling of complex engineering systems to develop improved systems.

Offers are made subject to the availability of courses and the University Terms and Conditions (

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Engineering Technicians


Engineering Technicians

Engineering Professionals


Engineering Professionals

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Course Information Last Updated On: June 5, 2024 4:55 pm