- UCAS Code: 0BRT
- Start date: August 2020
Become a registered Strathclyde student
Options for paid summer placements
Study with us
- provides a supportive transition to university study
- choose from three seperate HNC programmes
- take an enhanced HNC programme in your first year at one of our partner colleges
- guaranteed progression into second year of selected programmes upon satisfactory performance
- access to Engineering Academy Scholarships
Why this course?
The Engineering Academy is a unique access route into university and employment. It is a collaboration between the University of Strathclyde, partner colleges and industry which will deliver a pathway to a range of engineering degrees in the University's leading Faculty of Engineering.
As a student in the Engineering Academy, you will be a registered student of the University of Strathclyde with access to all of the facilities. In year one, you will study an enhanced HNC qualification with one of our partner colleges and also attend the University of Strathclyde to develop your academic and practical engineering skills. In subsequent years, the Engineering Academy offers opportunities for paid summer work placements with our industry partners.
As part of the University’s outreach objective, the Academy was established to increase widening access participation by delivering various pathways to a range of engineering degrees in our leading Faculty of Engineering.
How the Academy works?
The first year of the Engineering Academy is taken as an enhanced HNC programme at one of the partner colleges and those students who achieve the required performance are guaranteed transfer to the second year* of one of the undergraduate degree programmes offered within the Engineering Academy.
Three separate HNC programmes have been developed to allow you to progress to a variety of degree programmes.
- HNC Chemical Engineering allows progress to BEng Chemical Engineering
- HNC Electronics allows progress to BEng Electronic & Electrical Engineering
- HNC General Engineering allows progress to degrees offered by the Departments of Design, Manufacturing & Engineering Management; Civil & Environmental Engineering; Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering and BEng Mechanical Engineering; progress to 1st year BEng Biomedical Engineering.
For the Electronics and General Engineering programmes, you will also attend the University of Strathclyde in year one to undertake a practical engineering skills qualification.
*first year Biomedical Engineering
Industry sponsorship & placements
A wide range of employers across Scotland and further afield have partnered with the Engineering Academy to provide sponsorships and summer work placements. This will allow you to put the theory you learn into practice and get hands-on industrial experience.
The placements take place during the summer break between Years 2 and 3 and 3 and 4. The continuous contact with your sponsor company ensures you have an enhanced CV, giving you an extra edge in today’s competitive job market.
Ever since day one here I’ve never felt like I was by myself. I’ve constantly had someone who could always help me if I struggled with certain parts or areas of the subject.
Required subjects are shown in brackets.
(Including Maths and Physics/ Engineering Science; Chemistry also required for progression to Chemical Engineering; Biology/ Human Biology also required for progression to Biomedical Engineering)
(Including Maths and Physics/ Engineering Science at BB; Chemistry also required for progression to Chemical Engineering; Biology/ Human Biology also required for progression to Biomedical Engineering)
- deferred entry is not accepted
- access qualifications are also considered
- Foundation Apprenticeship will be accepted as one of the non-mandatory Highers
Offers are made in accordance with specified entry requirements although admission to undergraduate programmes is considered on a competitive basis and entry requirements stated are normally the minimum level required for entry.
Whilst offers are made primarily on the basis of an applicant meeting or exceeding the stated entry criteria, admission to the University is granted on the basis of merit, and the potential to succeed. As such, a range of information is considered in determining suitability.
In exceptional cases, where an applicant does not meet the competitive entry standard, evidence may be sought in the personal statement or reference to account for performance which was affected by exceptional circumstances, and which in the view of the judgement of the selector would give confidence that the applicant is capable of completing the programme of study successfully.
Glasgow is Scotland's biggest & most cosmopolitan city
Our campus is based in the very heart of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers have voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city! And Time Out named Glasgow in the top ten best cities in the world - we couldn't agree more!
We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.
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Fees & funding
We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.
Course materials & costs
The department provides a service whereby printed notes are available to the students subject to a small charge to cover copying costs. Students are recommended/required to have copies of such notes but we provide access to both printed copies and e-copies. The latter are provided without charge – in accordance with University policy. Any printed material that is mandatory (in that form) is provided without additional charge to the students.
In relation to mandatory books for modules, the requirement is for access and reading rather than purchase specifically. It is expected that students will as part of their course read around the subjects and consult textbooks.
EEE programmes have a degree of practical and project work that will require the use of consumables/components – again the cost of these are met by the department. Indeed it is made explicitly clear during the project work that students are not expected to purchase parts etc. for their project work.
We would envisage that typical expenditure by a student on course related materials to be around £30 for course notes. We also provide within our labs a quota for printing; over and above University provision. This expenditure is not mandatory. The other costs incurred with regards to books depends upon student preferences.
Placements & field trips
The department and student societies support a number of industrial visits throughout the year. These trips are not mandatory for specific programmes and modules and any incurred charge to cover transport is either met by the students or by the department.
Study abroad is possible in Years 3 to 5 but is only compulsory (in year 4) for the "with International Study" degree programmes. Students will bear some of the cost of this which will vary depending on the country of study. (Support from SAAS and Erasmus is may be available)
Students are not required to purchase any specific software licenses – all software used is available on campus machines, either locally or remotely.
All undergraduate and postgraduate students are provided for the duration of their course with student-membership of IET (Professional Body) paid for by the department.
Some hardware (microcontrollers, design boards) may be made available to students for loan subject to appropriate refundable deposit. Students may consider the purchase of low cost microcontroller boards for 3rd year and beyond project work - cost from £10-£30.
Access to EEE Computer labs out of working hours is via card access - card cost is £20 - refundable on return of card.
Students are provided with an additional print-quota for use in EEE labs for EEE classes conducted in EEE computer labs. (Paid top-ups possible via University IT services).
Expected printing and report binding costs are around £10-£15 a year - will depend upon exact programme and class assignments. Binding is provided at cost (50p to £1.00) by EEE Resource Centre in R4.01.
How can I fund my studies?
Students from Scotland and the EU
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.
Engineering Academy graduates have gone on to a wide variety of roles including:
- Product Management Executive
- Global Supply Chain Engineer
- Offshore Project Engineer
- Graduate Scheme Engineer
- Design Engineer business owner
- PhD study