“Thank you for your interest in the Engineering Department! Whatever the status of your application, I hope the following information will help prepare you for future studies in Engineering, maybe even help you decide that Bury College University Centre is the place for you. We are very excited to get started on next year’s modules, and to prepare the next generation of engineers for their future.”

Paul Houston - Team Leader for Engineering

Paul has 22 years of vocational experience and has worked in Electronic Business Equipment and Telecoms as an Electronic W/S Engineer, a Field Service Engineer, and a Communications Engineer. He holds a Higher National qualification in Engineering, and a Certificate in Education.


Modules you will study

Course aims to provide students with the core knowledge, skills and techniques that all engineers require, irrespective of future specialism, to achieve high performance in an engineering profession. The knowledge and skills can be used to obtain a Level 5 qualification or a junior management position at a technical level.

Modules include:

  • Engineering Design - Essential study for every engineer. Learn how to design something from scratch, get the best out of the design, and put it to market.
  • Engineering Maths – Generic across the science, electrical and even the CAD modules.
  • Engineering Science - Stand-alone unit containing the electrical content too
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
  • Machining and Processing of Engineering Materials
  • Materials, Properties and Testing – stand-alone module
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) for Engineering


Distinctive key features of the programme

  • One general pathway at Level 4 so there is something to suit each student’s preference for study and future progression plans
  • Refreshed content that is closely aligned with employer, professional body and higher education needs
  • Assessments that consider cognitive skills (what students know) along with effective and applied skills
  • A varied approach to assessment, accommodating and enhancing different learning styles

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, remote learning hours, independent learning, and assessment activities. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, and practicals. You will also have timetabled meetings with your personal tutors, and be supplement your own learning with independent study.


How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by internal assignments set and marked by your tutors. Each individual unit is graded Pass (P), Merit (M) or Distinction (D).


Student success

Matthew Ward - Alumni

Prepare for the start of your course

  • Look back over the key content from your Level 3 Engineering qualification, if completed
  • Ensure you have the correct PPE and academic equipment


Discover a wide range of careers including:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Maintenance Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering


Get in contact

Our friendly staff are happy to answer any questions you may have about your course or the University Centre. We can also put you in contact with your course tutor for a chat. Please email victoria.rowcroft@burycollege.ac.uk with any queries.