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Highly interactive distance learning award delivered through Blackboard (our VLE)
Minimal attendance with remote/onsite support available for all modules
Our Mechanical Systems Engineering (Top-Up) BEng (Hons) course is designed specifically for MOD personnel.
The Distance Learning Courses aim to:
To make an initial enquiry about this programme please contact the HM Forces team.
On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BEng (Hons) Mechanical Systems Engineering
This course is designed around modules that give it its distinctive theme plus other common modules that broaden the engineering perspective of the student. The culmination of the course is the Final Work Based Project which provides an opportunity for the student to apply what has been learned in solving a work-based engineering problem.
The total course fee is £4875.00 and the course is listed in two parts on the ELCAS website:
* BEng - £2625.00 (first 60/75 credits of study)
* BEng (Hons) - £2250.00 (second 60 credits of study)
Compulsory Course Briefing Day Attendance
Prior to submitting your online application, you are required to participate in a compulsory Course Briefing Day (CBD). The purpose of the day is to provide an in-depth overview of how the course is structured, the commitment required to study and how to claim accreditation for previous qualifications or experience gained throughout your career. The Armed Forces admission team and the course administration team will help guide you through the application process.
We offer two types of CBD:
Attendance – An opportunity for students to physically attend a CBD event at the university.
Online – An opportunity for students to participate in an online CBD which is delivered in real time but via the internet, thus negating the requirement to travel to the university.
If you would like to participate in a CBD, please contact the HM Forces team.
How to apply
The application process will be explained during the CBD following which you will be sent the application links and documentation required to submit your online application. Please do not submit an application until you have participated in a CBD.
As a distance learning student, you'll be an active learner interacting with content, your fellow students and your module tutors. Support is available when you need it. You can contact your module tutor, your personal tutor, Information Service staff and subject specialist librarian by phone, email or in person.
Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are via your PC, tablet or phone. This includes accessing video, audio and discussion forums where you can debate subjects with your tutors and fellow students.
All modules are individually assessed via one or more methods dependent upon the requirement of that module. The method of assessment is chosen to ensure that we can verify that you have met the learning outcomes of the module. These methods may include individual coursework assignments, written reports, discussion contributions and practical exercises.
Typically, assignment submission and feedback will be via Blackboard Learning Portal. Much of the assessment is done online but some practical assessments may need to be done at the university. Module results will also be made available electronically.
A personal tutor will be appointed who is a subject matter expert. Support for any modules will be conducted face-to-face, via email, or telephone.
Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.
Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.
A range of Engineering staff will teach the modules on this course.
If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.
Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.
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