Course Information

BEng (Hons) Degree in Engineering (Top Up) (Validated by The Open University) (HLA)

The Open University

Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Dungannon
Week Starting: 12 September 2022
Day: Tuesday
Time: 09:00–19:00
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 9
Total Hours: 278
Places Available: 24
Course Coordinator:

Campus: Omagh
Week Starting: 12 September 2022
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 9
Total Hours: 278
Places Available: 20
Course Coordinator:


This BEng (Hons) Engineering Degree programme has been designed with industry objectives at its core. The aim of this programme is to produce graduates who can apply their understanding, knowledge, experience, skills and know-how to create social and economic value within the context of the Northern Ireland and UK economy. Students on this Higher Level Apprenticeship programme will develop these skills both on the programme and whilst working in a local engineering firm. It aims to produce graduates who understand the underlying principles which underpin engineering, who can to conceive, design and implement a solution to a problem, creating something new which adds value to an organisation and society, within the boundaries of organisational strategy.

Additional Information

South West College is approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards. The Open University regulations can be found

  • Please see link to OU Regulations for validated awards of the Open University here
  • . You can also download the full programme specification here *The fees quoted are payable for each year.

    Terms & Conditions

    Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations that are available within your Student Course Handbook/Higher Education Handbook which is available on-line: and on the College VLE).
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
  • • Meet all requirements of the Higher Level Apprenticeship programme.
  • *The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.

  • Course Content

    The objective is to develop graduates who:

  • Work pragmatically to solve problems and have strategies for being creative and innovative, overcoming difficulties by employing their skills, knowledge and understanding in a flexible manner
  • Are risk, cost and value-conscious, and aware of their ethical, social, cultural, environmental, health and safety, and wider professional responsibilities
  • Are familiar with the nature of business and enterprise and operate within appropriate codes of conduct
  • Are professional in their outlook, capable of team working, effective communicators, and able to exercise responsibility and sound management approaches.
  • The course is for those who have already completed a Foundation Degree in Engineering or equivalent, and who wish to 'top up' to Honours Degree in an exciting and industry focused School of Engineering.

    Core Modules

    Year One:

  • Innovation through Engineering Design
  • Industrial Automation and Robotics
  • Operations Management
  • Year Two:
  • Business and Management
  • Dissertation

    Optional Modules

    There are no optional modules on this course.

    Assessment Method

    Assessment is varied and broadly aligned to the skills which are prevalent in the engineering industry. This will include, but is not limited to, a range of activities such as reports, presentations, group work, project based learning activities, lab work, practicals and exams.

    Progression Opportunities

    On Successful completion of this Honours Degree, you will be in a position to go straight into a job commensurate with a degree level education. You will also be in a position to progress onto a Masters degree programme with another institution.

  • Entry Requirements

    The Honours Degree Top Up will be available to any candidate who satisfies the criteria below:

  • a Ulster University or Queens University Belfast Foundation Degree with a pass mark of 55% or above in Level 5 modules. (or other relevant Level 5 qualification such as a Pearson's Higher National Certificate/Diploma) in an engineering related discipline.
  • Candidates presenting with FDs or HNC/Ds from other awarding bodies will be considered under RPL procedures
  • GCSE English language and Maths at grade 4 (grade C) or above. (or equivalent, - for example, Level 2 literacy and numeracy Essential Skills qualifications are also accepted).
  • • have secured employment with a NI based private company who will support you through the HLA Programme.
  • All applicants must have reached the age of 18 years on admission.