Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

The Open University

Program Description

Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

The Open University

Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

If you have completed an OU foundation degree or diploma of higher education in engineering (or equivalent) within the last five years, this course enables you to top up your knowledge and skills to honours degree level. You can tailor your studies to build on your previous qualifications and experience. Flexible module choices include structural integrity, micro and nano technology, engineering design, environmental technologies, and energy and sustainability. You will also complete an individual engineering project.

Key features of the course

  • Matches the final stage (Stage 3) of our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Q65) degree
  • Learning outcomes defined to fulfil the Engineering Council’s educational requirements under UK-SPEC
  • Opens up a wide range of career opportunities and prepares you for postgraduate engineering courses

Educational aims

The top-up BEng (Hons) degree offers students the opportunity to pursue a programme in general engineering, with the possibility of some specialisation in one of several engineering disciplines. Its learning outcomes are closely aligned with the Engineering Council’s UK-SPEC generic output standards for honours degrees in engineering that are appropriate for CEng. These output standards fall into two groups. Firstly, there are degree-level general outcomes covering acquisition of knowledge and understanding, intellectual abilities, practical skills and general transferable skills. There are also more specific outcomes related to engineering under the headings: Underpinning science and mathematics; Engineering analysis; Design; Economic, social and environmental context; and Engineering practice.

In 2006, the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) adopted the output standards in UK-SPEC as the subject benchmark statement for engineering. The OU’s BEng (Hons) programme is intended to comply with the QAA’s expectation regarding levels of attainment in engineering honours degrees:

’The learning outcomes are expressed for the threshold level that engineering students would be expected to have attained upon graduation. It is anticipated that there will be many programmes where this threshold level will be exceeded.’

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Teaching and learning is via study materials (including study guides, textbooks, set books, audio and video material, home activity kits, and module-related software), optional face-to-face or online tutorials, plus individualised tutor feedback.

Continuous assessment is via written tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and/or computer-marked assignments (CMAs), and the end-of-module assessment is via an examination or a written project.


We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £5,264 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 3 years
  • Time limit – 5 years

Career relevance

Professional engineers, designers and technologists are always in deman and we expect this to increase. Graduates can find employment across a whole range of manufacturing and service industries. Growth areas are predicted to be:

  • energy/environment
  • nuclear engineering
  • petroleum engineering
  • nanotechnology and biotechnology
  • telecommunications
  • aerospace, space technology and exploration
  • civil engineering
  • robotics
  • biomedical engineering
  • creative industries
  • automotive industry (low carbon vehicle development in particular).

Entry requirements

Before registering on this degree, you’ll need to have successfully completed one of the following OU qualifications (or an equivalent qualification from elsewhere) within the last five years:

  • Foundation Degree in Engineering (X11)
  • Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering (W11)
  • Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering (X12)
  • Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering (W12)
  • You will also need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the rgistration process.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated October 23, 2017
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