BSc (Hons) Applied Engineering

This course aims to produce graduates equipped with the prerequisites to work in an Industry 4.0 manufacturing environment.

Engineering at USW has a strong portfolio of traditional engineering courses, all of which are accredited by the appropriate professional body.

This course aims to produce graduates equipped with the prerequisites to work in an Industry 4.0 manufacturing environment. This requires a balance of mechanical engineering, electrical/electronic engineering, embedded systems, cloud computing, and data analytics, focusing on the manufacturing industry.

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. 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 the industry snap them up immediately.

2021/22 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 key to Industry 4.0 is the digitisation and acquisition of actionable data from the manufacturing process, which leads to information, knowledge, insights and any other form of data-driven intelligence and analytics to improve the manufacturing process. To achieve this, the utilisation of Smart Sensors, IoTs, Cloud-Based computing and Advanced analytics allows for real-time automation of the manufacturing processes, improving efficiency, better asset utilisation and less downtime by employing predictive maintenance analytics. Students with these skills are in high demand!

Year 1

Students will be introduced to the elements involved in the mechanical and electrical/electronic design of machines/products during the first year and the essential analytical skills for working in an Industry 4.0 setting. They will learn to interface and program microcontrollers connected to sensors and actuators used in intelligent control applications. They will understand different manufacturing methods through an applied approach. They will conclude the academic year with a single project of designing and producing a simple manufacturing machine through applying the skills and knowledge attained through the taught modules.

Year 2

Students will study CAD to produce detailed technical drawing during the second year and gain the ability to apply advanced manufacturing techniques, such as CADCAM, in producing mechanical components. They will learn to design pneumatic circuits and have the knowledge and understanding of electrical installations that comply with the IET 18th Edition Wiring Regulations. They will learn to design intelligent sensors to acquire manufacturing data and communicate this to a PC for analysis and visualisation. These taught elements will feed into the 40 credit group project, which focuses on a teamwork approach in designing and developing a manufacturing machine.

Year 3

The final year focuses heavily on the Smart Factory concept that uses advanced analytics, where Big Data is transformed into meaningful information which optimises the manufacturing process. Students will learn to use Cloud Computing Services to store and analyse acquired actionable data, which can be visually fed back to a machine operator's console with system parameter changes or real-time control changes made to the automated production line improving the manufacturing process. The final year 60 credit project is a multidisciplinary project that requires the student to apply the topics taught throughout the course and the techniques of processing acquired data in making informed changes to the manufacturing processes. Each student will have a detailed specification for their aspect of the project but will need to work with the other members of the design team to ensure each contribution will seamlessly integrate to fulfil the overall functionality of the machine.


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 Applied Engineering curriculum is co-designed with industry to ensure students leave with the appropriate skills and knowledge required in the workplace.

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


What is novel about this course is that the approach in the delivery is by doing. The course is practically biased assessed through coursework assignments, no examinations. This is due to the subjects' practical nature, and the skill sets required in our graduates, by the industry.  


We have laboratories and workshops with all the equipment you may expect to see when studying Engineering. 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 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: 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.

We have numerous established links with a variety of industrial partners across the Engineering sector. The Applied Engineering curriculum has been 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 today's engineering workforce. Our employability stats in the School of Engineering are very high - 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.

Possible Career Options

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

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