Do you already work in an engineering or technology company but want to gain a formal engineering qualification?
Our Applied Engineering Programme (AEP) allows you to gain a BEng degree while working full-time. Watch the videos about this exciting course and call us for a chat on 024 7615 0561 if you want to find out more.
Hear from some of our current students:
What are the key benefits of the programme?
- Industry Focus - Employers such as Jaguar Land Rover, Network Rail, and Rolls Royce contribute to the programme to ensure the latest innovative thinking is taught and applied back in your business
- Flexibility - Modules are taught in five-six "blocks" per year with minimal impact on your day to day job. Assessments are mainly work-based assignments with some examinations
- Prestige - Upon completion of the programme you will receive a BEng degree from a UK Top-10 University
- Networking - Opportunities to cross-fertilise ideas and learn about how other organisations operate
- Cutting Edge Environment - WMG and the University of Warwick have fantastic buildings and facilities
- Career - This degree will boost your career potential and allows you to continue onto a Master's degree
Is it for you?
This degree programme offers a flexible and non-traditional path into university education, and welcomes participants from a range of ages and company backgrounds. We have students on the course who have recently completed Apprenticeship schemes, some who are on Higher Apprenticeship pathways, and more experienced staff looking to further their career potential. To enrol on the programme, you must have the support of your employer, and have a good standard in Maths and Physics (e.g. A Level). If you don't have a Maths or Physics qualification, we can assess your ability using our own entry tests. We can provide practice tests and online information to help you with this.
Delivery and Assessment
For the first two years, you'll study six core engineering modules per year. These will take place in a series of 'blocks', which will require your attendance at the University of Warwick campus from Monday to Friday, approximately 6 times a year. Part of each module will be studied during each block. You will take both examinations and undertake work-based assignments as part of your assessment.
Across years three and four, you will select ten modules that are more specialised and individual to your learning needs. The emphasis here is on work-based assignments and projects, rather than formal written exams. Each module will run over five full days (Monday-Friday), at WMG. In addition to the normal lectures, practical lab sessions, seminars and tutorials, you will have access to an online "Virtual Learning Environment" for further support between modules.
Entry Assessment and Practice Tests
To qualify for a place on this programme, you will need to sit a Maths entrance test. Generally speaking, the entrance test standard is A-Level Maths. There are several practice tests available, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to access them.
The Applied section of the degree title initially attracted me to the AEP as I was keen to take my studies and prove their relevance within the company. I have not been disappointed. The course so far has helped me develop a strong fundamental knowledge in key modules such as mechanics, energy methods and electronics benefiting my maintenance role within company. Engineering Business and design have also given me a broader understanding of how engineering companies operate as a whole. The first year of the AEP has been a challenging and rewarding experience.
Andrew Batsford, Engineering Apprentice, Stadco Ltd
“Having completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Electronic Engineering, I wanted to carry on studying as part of my career development. I chose AEP because of the reputation of a Warwick degree and the course content and structure. I also liked that AEP covers business, systems and quality which should smooth progression into technical management. Regular assessments throughout the course allow you to see how you are progressing and is much better than the traditional end-of-year exams. The broad curriculum helps develop a more ‘rounded’ engineer and allows you to study areas outside of your current role for the benefit of your longer term career. I have recently gained a promotion and have been applying things I have learned on AEP to the new role so my company is already seeing a return on its investment.”
Oliver Sanders, Design Engineer, L-3 TRL
“Signalling combines both electrical and mechanical aspects. Nevertheless, there is a tendency to concentrate on one or the other. The AEP has given me a much better understanding of mechanics. I am already in a much better position to review contractors’ plans and costs. This puts Network Rail in a much stronger position and more able to obtain an overall cost-effective solution. The programme is very challenging but I am finding it extremely interesting and useful.”
Jason Day, Asset Engineer Signalling (Renewals & Enhancements), Network Rail
"I jumped at the opportunity of the AEP (BEng): primarily to open up career opportunities, but also to link the years of practical experiences with the theoretical models. AEP enables you to study, but also share experiences with a wider audience."
Mike Gardner, Workforce Readiness Supervisor, Vehicle Operations, Jaguar Land Rover
“The design of studying in week blocks makes the balance of work, study and home seem more manageable. It was also the attraction of studying at Warwick and mixing with other professions that appealed. I work in asset management and I am beginning to benefit from learning the generic principles of engineering and business and this is providing me with a greater understanding of the business I work in. The course is intimidating at first but as I have adapted to studying again I now enjoy it. I would definitely recommend it to other NR employees for all the reasons above and the Moodle facility (the AEP Virtual Learning Environment) is brilliant for distance learning .”
Catherine Olorenshaw, Project Manager, Route Asset Management, Network Rail
“The AEP degree programme is one of the most challenging things I have ever done in my life, but it has been a tremendously enlightening experience and I feel I am starting to become ‘an engineer’. At each personal review the growth in my ability has been mentioned and the fact I now look at the bigger picture in regards to the organisation rather than just my own job role.”
Gordon Harris, AME Engineer Upperstructures, Jaguar Land Rover