Q: I already have a degree, but not in engineering. Can I still apply for this programme?
A: Yes. Anyone who has company support and is of a good A Level standard in Maths, and preferably also Physics, can apply.
Q: I'm not sure if I am at the correct standard in Maths and Physics, do you have any practice exercises?
A: Yes, if you would like to assess your ability, or practice, please email us for a link to the online resources. In addition we strongly suggest working through a standard A-level textbook (for any board) to ensure coverage of all A-level topics prior to the Year 1 entrance exam.
Q: When do the entrance tests take place?
A: We usually hold 2-3 entrance tests a year. They are usually in May or June, with the last test taking place in early September. For more information, please contact us.
Q: What is the application deadline?
A: There is no set deadline, but we do require all candidates to successfully undertake the entrance exam. As mentioned above, these usually take place over May, June. If you would like to apply to attend an entrance exam, please email us.
Q: How much time will I need to set aside for each module?
A: Each module is 15 credits, which works out at approximately 150 hours. This means that after attending the classroom week you will have approximately 120 hours of study remaining. We suggest 20 hours study per week, plus or minus 5, as a guide. Working consistently each week is better than a mad dash at the end.
Q: Does the programme follow the standard academic year?
A: Not quite. While the year starts in September, the last exam is in the middle of July, so the year is a bit longer. Also, we do hold blocks in the vacations to ensure that there is usually at least 5-6 weeks between blocks.
Q: Does the programme follow the same schedule for all four years?
A: In years 3 and 4, the pattern of modules will depend upon individual choices, but we would try to maintain 5 - 6 weeks between modules wherever possible.
Q: What is the likely work commitment in the summer period, between years?
A: There is not a big commitment over the summer, although if you have any resits, you would need to prepare for these. The summers between Years 2-3 and 3-4 would be a good time to start work on your individual projects, but this is not essential.
Q: What is the structure of each residential week?
A: Sessions are generally held from 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday. Friday is usually 8.30am – 12.00pm
Q: How many students usually undertake the course?
A: There are currently nearly 400 participants registered on the programme, and our intake of first year students for 2018 was 95 participants, which we split into two cohorts.
Q: How does the Year 3 and 4 streaming work?
A: In the final 2 years of the programme, participants choose a ‘stream’ to specialise in, subject to agreement with their company. The current choices are Applied Engineering, Business, Manufacturing Systems, and Product Creation. Participants will take a selection of core and optional modules relevant to their chosen stream
Q: Does the selection of one stream preclude the potential to undertake a module from another?
A: Each stream will contain a choice of both core and optional modules. As long as all the core modules from the participant’s chosen stream are selected, any other module from another stream may be studied as well.
Q: Is the AEP accredited by the IET like a number of the part-time Master's courses?
A: When developing the programme, the content was discussed with the IET and IMechE. However, accreditation could only be applied for after our first cohort graduated (in Summer 2017). The course accreditation is therefore currently being applied for and will be backdated to include existing graduates.
Q: How would accreditation work in practice?
A: As with all BEng degrees, the AEP will partially meet the academic requirements of the institutions. To fully meet them would require an MEng or an MSc.
Q: Outside of the course fees, are there any other financial costs that I need to make my company aware of?
A: There are no additional fees for the course, but your company may need to source accommodation for you if you have a long distance to travel (accommodation can be booked through the University's conference centres). Your company will also need to provide some support for your third and fourth year projects, especially guidance from an industrial supervisor (you will also have an academic supervisor from WMG).
Q: What are the course limits/contingencies in the event of illness or unforeseen personal circumstances?
A: Each case would be treated individually, depending on your circumstances and in line with University procedures.
Q: Does the course have ties with any industrial partners, e.g does it make use of external lecturers?
A: The whole programme was developed with industrial input, especially from JLR and Network Rail. The nature of the programme in Years 1 and 2 mean that there isn’t much need for industrial speakers, but there will be more involvement in Years 3 and 4.
Q: How will the course be assessed?
A: In Years 1 and 2, examinations are held at the beginning of each block and test what was covered in the previous one or two blocks. There are also some assignments. In Years 3 and 4, assessment is by assignment only.
Q: What academic support is available?
A: All participants have a personal tutor. In addition, videos, worked examples and forums are made available in our virtual learning environment.