Why Herts?
  • Learn from leaders in the field - 95% of our engineering research is rated as internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • The course provides a pathway onto one of our BEng or BSc programmes, which are all accredited to CEng, IEng and CITP level respectively, enabling graduates to proceed with professional registration of their chosen institution
  • All of our facilities are industry-standard to ensure you graduate with the skills and practical knowledge you need to succeed in the world of work

About the course

Please note that this course has been withdrawn from Hertford Regional College and suspended for 2019 entry at North Herts College.

The Extended Engineering and Technology Degree is designed as a preparatory year to enable you to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills you need to progress to the first year of a variety of our Engineering Degrees.

You don’t need to decide which course you will progress to at this point. This general Initial Year provides an overview of many types of Engineering, giving you greater flexibility and more choices when you decide to progress on to an undergraduate Engineering programme.

Your tutor will support you with making a decision and supporting you through the application of progression. Progression is dependent on achievement. 

Please note that some courses have specific academic and non-academic requirements in order to progress such as an interview and/or satisfactory DBS. Please contact us to find out which requirements apply to which course.

To study the Initial Year for Extended Degree in Engineering course, you need to apply through UCAS and select the course code H100.

Take a look at the course booklet to find out more.

The Extended Degree is suitable for UK/EU students. Non-EU students are advised to apply to the Hertfordshire International College instead.

On completing this extended degree, you may choose to progress on to one of the following Bachelor's or Masters courses.

BEng Degrees

BSc Degrees

During the initial year, you spend four days a week at one of four associate colleges in the area. On the other day, you come to the University for laboratory sessions where you carry out practical engineering work including undertaking project labs in three key engineering areas.

Study location

The initial year is taught at one of our partner colleges: Oaklands College or Barnet and Southgate College. You will be taught over two semesters (A and B) where you will study eight core modules in engineering, providing you a solid platform from which to progress to your choice of Engineering Honours degree.

On successful completion of the initial year you will then continue your degree studies at the University of Hertfordshire’s College Lane campus.

You will study 1 year at the college and progress onto the University of Hertfordshire for another 3 years (full-time) – 4 years total.

Or you will study 1 year at the college and progress onto the University of Hertfordshire for another 4 years (sandwich) – 5 years total.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 Initial Year for Extended Degrees in Engineering
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 Initial Year for Extended Degrees in Engineering

Why choose this course?

This programme is an ideal alternative route to higher education as it prepares you for progression to an Engineering related Honours degree at the University of Hertfordshire.

On completion of your initial year, and providing you meet the requirements set by the University of Hertfordshire, you will progress to your selected Degree course in Engineering. You will not need to reapply through UCAS for this.

Course details


The Extended Degree gives you the opportunity to get your engineering studies back on track. Extended Degree students can go on to graduate with good honours degrees and excellent career prospects.

All Engineering Honours degrees at the University of Hertfordshire are professionally accredited meaning that after graduation you can apply for recognition as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer. 

The Extended Degree is suitable for UK/EU students. Non-EU students are advised to apply to the Hertfordshire International College instead.

Teaching methods

You'll spend an initial year gaining all the knowledge you need to progress to the first year of any of the University of Hertfordshire's BEng degrees or technology based BSc degrees. During that year, you'll spend four days a week at your preferred college, plus a day at the university. There, you'll work alongside all the other Engineering Extended degree students, carrying out lab and project work under the supervision of the university's staff. 

This is a great way of becoming familiar with the School of Engineering, as well as getting to know the staff and students from all three colleges. The lab sessions and projects have been developed so that you'll undertake practical activities in each of the major engineering discipline areas.

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Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £6165 for the 2019/2020 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

View detailed information about tuition fees

Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

View detailed information about our accommodation

Entry requirements...


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Standard entry requirements

2018 entry 

48 UCAS points made up of at least one A level (A2), a BTEC National Award or equivalent.

IB - 48 points with a minimum of 1 HL subject at grade 4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

GCSE Maths, English Language and Science at grade 4 or above.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply


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