BSc (Hons) Applied Engineering

Engineering is the application of scientific methods. Being an Engineer enables you to design create and innovate new products, structures or systems.

Given the continual and rapidly-changing face of industry, this course will be structured around applications of engineering technology, with a heavy emphasis on solution-focused project work and industrially-linked student experiences.  As widely reported by professional bodies, industry and the media, there is currently an ageing workforce and a significant shortage of engineers across the sector in the UK in all engineering disciplines.

Inclusivity is at the core of this course offering a route to HE for students who would normally shy away from a traditional university education, and ensuring graduates leave the university with excellent employability skills and knowledge. The course takes a challenge-based approach and has activity around solving real engineering problems. ‘Making plans work’. Therefore to demonstrate your aptitude and ability the assessment mode throughout the course will not include examinations.

USW Engineering has a long history of graduates who have excellent careers across the industry. Our students are aspirational, able, practical and professional graduates and industry snap them up immediately.

This course is subject to validation.

2020/21 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H302 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A

The first year will be quite general enabling students to embed onto the course and be immersed in:

  • Project based Engineering
  • Modern manufacturing Techniques
  • a variety of Design Tools and Engineering Analysis.

In the second year students will have the opportunity to build upon year one and focus on an optional modules in:


  • Fluid mechanics  - for example  the physics concerned with the mechanics of liquids & gases and the forces on them.
  • Finite Element analysis – for example modelling and simulating the behaviour of an assembly under given conditions to enable problem solving in engineering, so heat transfer, fluid flow etc.


  • Smart Electronic Systems - Digital transformations and the internet of things (IoT) are revolutionising products and systems. This module will introduce you to digital engineering capabilities and how this technology is revolutionising the way devices operate and connect/communicate to each other.
  • Laser / optical systems - Understanding lasers and how they can be used and integrated into optical systems to find engineering solutions.

The final year will be advancing the above mentioned optional modules together with:

Modern Manufacturing Solutions - the use of innovative technology to improve products or processes.

The manufacturing sector is closely connected to engineering and design solutions to improve for example efficiency, consistency of output and profit, so you will study Commercialisation and an Individual project that could be in collaboration with an industry partner.


Students will be encouraged to contribute in interdisciplinary teams to identify and solve complex engineering or applied real world problems, beginning with local challenges in the early stages of the course and climbing towards global challenges and a capstone project.

The BSc Applied Engineering curriculum is co designed with industry, Professional bodies for example the IET, IMechE, local, regional and national employers.

The course supports the identity and aspirations of groups of learners who are seeking to learn and explore engineering from an applied perspective.


Students will be continually assessed through course work, portfolios, project work, oral presentation and group activities.

This course has no Examinations.


We have laboratories and workshops with all the equipment you may expect to see when studying Engineering.

Some other facilities include:

  • 3D print room
  • Machine shop with lathes
  • Milling machine
  • Laser cutter
  • Pillar drills
  • Embedded system design lab
  • Printed circuit board design and simulation software
  • Mechanical Design Modelling and analysis software
  • Wind tunnel


Across the School of Engineering we have an open door policy. If staff are not teaching, students are able to contact us for a chat.

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include Mathematics and one other Science subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include Mathematics and one other Science subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject which must include Maths modules (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including a score of 5 in Mathematics at Higher Level. You will also need to obtain a score of 5 or above in English at standard level.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass an Access to HE Diploma in Maths, Science or Engineering and obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Our Applied Engineering course will be a good choice if you are a motivated independent learner keen to develop as a multi-disciplinary engineer. You will gain knowledge in the fundamentals of engineering and technology including mechanical, electrical and electronic, optoelectronic, materials and design. You will be able to apply that learning to solve problems for example product design improvements, more efficient manufacturing processes, enhancing the utilisation of an application etc.

We have numerous established links with a variety of industrial partners across the Engineering sector. The BSc Applied Engineering curriculum is co designed with industry - local, regional and national employers. Therefore the transferrable and employability skills gained throughout the course will be as currently expected in todays engineering workforce. Our employability stats in the School of Engineering is 98% something we are very proud of.

The careers and employability team at USW are always on hand to support, encourage and connect you with prospective employers.

Career Options

You will develop as a multi-disciplinary engineer. You will learn fundamentals of engineering and technology including mechanical, electrical and electronic, optoelectronic, materials and design. This will give you a wide scope of career paths to follow including some of the following:

  • Continuous improvement Engineer
  • New product development Engineer
  • Engineering Project Manager