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Access to Higher Education: Engineering Science and Maths

Study mode Full Time
Level 3
Duration 36 weeks
Subject Engineering
Suitable for Adult (19+)
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Are you aged 19 or over? If you want to go to university and study engineering but you don't have the qualifications that are required - then this course will enable you to develop the right skills for progression.

Course content

On this course, you will learn and develop an understanding of the two branches of mechanics: statics and dynamics. In statics, you will study the equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies while in dynamics, you will study the concepts of kinematics (linear and non-linear motion) and kinetics (Newtonian mechanics, work, energy and power).

You will also study engineering design using CAD as well as electrical circuits. You will also study the advanced mathematics required to grasp a fundamental understanding of the theory of engineering (algebra, calculus, trigonometry, matrices, logarithms and exponentials, series, complex numbers, statistics, co-ordinate geometry and vectors). In addition, you will develop the skills that are required for success in higher education. You will also receive advice and guidance while completing your UCAS application to study at university.

The course is taught in a variety of ways, including theoretical and practical sessions, assignments and group work. Most units are assessed via exams, allowing you to gain relevant preparation for university. You will be continually assessed throughout the year.

Curriculum units

This course consists of the following learning areas:

  • Statics
  • Dynamics – kinematics and kinetics
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Calculus – differentiation and integration
  • Matrices
  • Complex numbers
  • Statistics & probability
  • Series
  • Logs & functions
  • Computer programming
  • Spreadsheets
  • Academic writing skills
  • Research project

Qualifications on completion

  • Access to HE Diploma (Engineering Science and Maths)

Entry requirements

You must be at least 19 years old at the beginning of the course and hold a minimum of level 2 qualifications in both English and Mathematics.

However, if you have already achieved a level 2 qualification in one of these subjects, you will have the option to gain a level 2 qualification in GCSE or Functional Skills English or Maths where applicable.


You will be able to progress to an HND, Foundation Degree or Honours Degree course at university in Engineering or a related field.

On completion of your course, you will receive a profile of credits that will reflect your suitability for your chosen HND or degree programme.

Fees and funding

If you are aged 19+, how much you pay for your course and any additional costs will depend on a number of factors. Learn more about course fees and finances.

We have a range of financial support options available to help you while you’re studying. Find out what support you may be eligible for.

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Course code SC010007
Start date 4 Sep 2023
Location Institute of Technology
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