BEng (Hons) Initial Year for Extended Degree in Engineering

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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.

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.

What's the course about?

This course has been withdrawn from Hertford Regional College and North Herts College, but is still available at Oaklands College and at Barnet & Southgate College.

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

The Initial Year for Extended Degrees in Engineering 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 undergraduate engineering courses.

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. Some courses have specific academic and non-academic requirements 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.

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

BEng Degrees

BSc Degrees

During the initial year, you spend four days a week at one of our 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 with 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.

What will I study?

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 Physics, Engineering and Computer Science, as well as getting to know the staff and students from both colleges. The lab sessions and projects have been developed so that you'll undertake practical activities in each of the major engineering discipline areas.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

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