Level: 3 | Duration: 1 Year | Start Date: September
Have you considered a career in Engineering that requires you to have a degree, but you don’t have the qualifications to go to university?
You can gain the entry requirements needed for university with an online Access to Higher Education qualification in Engineering with Riverside College.
- Flexible online learning with the added security of face-to-face induction and weekly support sessions when needed
- First steps towards a professional career in engineering
- A qualification which is equivalent to 3 A-Levels for entry to university
- Midwifery Access course assessed through end-of-unit assignments with no exams!
Studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Engineering) will allow you to apply to university and pursue engineering at degree level.
You will learn how to apply your understanding to design, build, and solve problems with these crucial new skills. An Access to Higher Education Diploma is a great route to university if you don’t already have the qualifications needed and is a fantastic way to swiftly progress onto degree-level study whilst learning the basics about engineering and university study.
You will study the fundamentals of engineering, including:
- Atomic Structure
- Chemical change
- Mechanical Science
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mathematical Principles of Engineering
- You will need GCSE English at Grade A-C (9-4) or equivalent (Level 2 Functional Skills) and GCSE Maths at Grade A-C (9-4) or equivalent (Level 2 Functional Skills) - you will need to provide us with written evidence from your chosen Universities that they will accept Functional Skills for your year of entry to University
- Some Universities will only accept GCSEs to meet entry requirements. They will also require you to have additional GCSEs at Grade A-C (4-9) for some courses, including a science for some pathways
- As the course is fully online you must have strong ICT skills to enable you to cope with the demands of the course
- You will also need to have your own laptop
University Entry Criteria: Each university will set its own admission criteria. You will need to check the entry requirements of your chosen university and course. The specialist Access tutors alongside the ACE/ Careers team at Riverside College can support you with your application to university. You are likely to require:
- A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade* (see the Modules tab for the individual modules included in this course)
- GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English alongside literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university
- A face-to-face interview at the university
- Course-related work placements or work experience
Fee: £3,928You can apply for an ADVANCED LEARNER LOAN; the Loan eligibility does not depend on your income and there are no credit checks. The loan will cover the full cost of your Access Course, this will be written off when you complete your degree – saving you up to £9,000 in fees and not using any of your Student Loans allowance.
Assessments:There are no exams on the Access to HE course, you will be assessed via academic reports, essays, case study analysis, illustrated mind map, illustrated report, worksheet, journal article, portfolio, academic poster, presentation (video and audio recording), revision guide, series of questions, academic writing skills tasks.
Why choose Riverside College:
- Flexible online learning for your Access to Higher Education qualifications with the support of weekly face-to-face drop-in support sessions when and if needed*
- Initial face-to-face induction to fully prepare you for your studies
- Up to six hours per week of drop-in support sessions with tutors when needed (Daytime and Evening sessions available)
- Interactive online sessions (Assessed and marked online).
- Access college facilities including the Learning Resource Centre, Study Rooms with PCs and printing, UCAS support, and bursaries
- Streamline your qualification to fit into your spare time giving you the option to complete the Access to Higher Education faster.
- Social groups offering tutor and peer support and encouragement.
- Ofsted Outstanding Access teaching and support teams
- Dedicated specialist Access teachers with over 10 years' experience in successfully supporting adults to progress onto degrees
- Study for FREE, saving up to £9,000 in fees AND you won’t use up any of your Student Loans allowance. See ADVANCED LEARNER LOAN for more details.
If you are a creative critical thinker who has expert attention to detail and can communicate effectively, A career in engineering could be perfect for you if you are a creative critical thinker who has attention to detail.
As a successful professional engineer you could play a key role in the development core industries. If you have an engineering degree, you can progress and branch into specific roles.
This course is ideal preparation for one of the following university degrees:
- BSc (Hons) Engineering
- BSc (Hons) Software Engineering Management
- BSc (Hons) Computer Engineering
- BSc (Hons) Applied Engineering
- BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering
- BSc (Hons) Chemical Engineering
- BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
- BSc (Hons) Electrical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
Unit 1: Preparing to StudyOn completion of this unit you will:
- Understand how study is organised and planned
- Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
- Understand a range of constraints upon study
- Understand the importance of assessment feedback.
Unit 2: Academic Writing SkillsOn completion of this unit you will:
- Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
- Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task
- Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.
Unit 3: Preparing a Written AssignmentOn completion of this unit you will:
- Understand how to use key information sources
- Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
- Understand a range of reading strategies
- Understand note-making methods
- Understand how to plan, draft and produce a written assignment.
Unit 4: Atomic StructureOn completion of this unit you will:
- Understand protons, neutrons and electrons in terms of their relative charges and masses
- Understand the distribution of protons, neutrons and electrons in an atom given its Atomic number and Mass number, including some isotopes
- Understand the number and relative energies of the s, p and d orbitals for the principle quantum numbers and know the shapes of s, p and d orbitals
- Understand how ionisation energies of elements relate to reactivity
- Understand the position of elements within the Periodic Table from ionisation energy data.
Unit 5: Algebraic MethodsOn completion of this unit you will:
- Apply series
- Apply mathematical operations on logarithms
- Apply mathematical operations on surds
- Apply algebraic methods.
Unit 6: Periodic TableOn completion of this unit you will:
- Understand the Periodic Table
- Understand periodicity in the elements of period 3
- Understand ionisation energy
- Understand oxidation and reduction
- Understand reactions of the Group 2 metals
- Understand the Group 7 elements.
Unit 7: MechanicsOn completion of this unit you will:
- Understand vectors and be able to do vector addition calculations
- Understand and be able to do vector resolution calculations
- Understand the nature of uniformly accelerated motion and be able to do motion calculations
- Be able to do projectile motion calculations
- Understand and be able to use Newtons Laws of Motion
- Understand and be able to do calculations involving the principles of momentum and its conservation
- Understand the concepts of energy, work and power in physics, and be able to do work/force calculations
- Understand internal energy
- Understand and apply the ideal gas laws
- Understand the simple kinetic theory of gases and be able to do related calculations.
Unit 8: TrigonometryOn completion of this unit you will:
- Apply the trigonometrical functions.
- Apply trigonometry.
- Understand the principles of trigonometric graphs.
Unit 9: HydrocarbonsOn completion of this unit you will:
- Understand the importance of organic compounds
- Understand the structure and characteristic reactions of alkanes
- Understand the structure and characteristic reactions of alkenes.
Unit 10: CalculusOn completion of this unit you will:
- Apply differentiation
- Apply integration
- Apply differentiation and integration to solve problems.
Unit 11: Engineering Mathematics – PrinciplesOn completion of this unit you will:
- Be able to evaluate complex expressions involving indices, perform a range of arithmetic operations on a scientific calculator, and solve engineering problems using the laws of logarithms and indices
- Be able to apply algebraic techniques to solve simple simultaneous equations, evaluate and transpose complex formulae and plot and determine/sketch linear and non-linear relationships
- Be able to solve engineering problems using a range of geometrical and trigonometrical techniques.
Unit 12: Engineering Mathematics – Algebraic and Trigonometric TechniquesOn completion of this unit you will:
- Be able to apply algebraic techniques to form and solve quadratic equations for engineering applications
- Be able to use matrix algebra to solve linear equations, simple matrices; and relate matrices to simple technical problems
- Be able to use trigonometric functions to determine basic and inverse rations and plot equations
- Be able to prove trigonometric identities and recognise, select and apply rules to solve engineering problems
- Be able to apply Pascal’s triangle and binomial theorem to expand mathematical expressions and solve engineering problems.
Unit 13: Chemical ChangeOn completion of this unit you will:
- Know how to measure the concentrations of solutions
- Understand energy changes during chemical reactions
- Understand factors influencing rates of chemical reactions
- Understand the concept of chemical equilibrium.
Unit 14: Engineering Mathematics - CalculusOn completion of this unit you will:
- Be able to apply differentiation techniques to find the rates of change for various functions, differentiate functions, and define and use functions in engineering applications
- Be able to use calculus to solve a range of engineering problems
- Be able to apply integration techniques to determine indefinite and definite integrals of functions, and areas under curves.
Unit 15: Mechanical Science - Energy and MotionOn completion of this unit you will:
- Be able to do calculations involving linear and angular motion
- Be able to do calculations involving the effect of forces on materials
- Be able to do calculations and problems involving friction
- Be able to do calculations and problems involving heat energy and transfer
- Be able to do calculations and problems involving torque
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