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BEng (Hons) Degree in Building Services with Sustainable Energy HLA (Top Up) (Validated by The Open University)

Level 6
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The overarching aim of the BEng (Hons) Building Services with Sustainable Energy HLA programme is to produce high calibre graduates who shall have obtained the relevant competencies to undertake roles within one of the many disciplines of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Energy. The programme has been developed to produce professional and competent project managers and engineers equipped with industry relevant technical and managerial skills. Skills Focus funding available towards course fees for eligible employers to up skill staff or for self employed students. Please ask for further details.

Please see link to OU Regulations for validated awards of the Open University here

Download the full programme specification here

Year One

  • Green Building Design
  • Project Management & Professional Ethics
  • Collaborative Project
  • HVAC
  • Research & Dissertation

Entry to the BEng Honours Top-Up programme requires applicants to have successfully completed a Foundation Degree (or other relevant Level 5 qualification such as a Higher National Diploma) in a related discipline, qualifications deemed equivalent, or by the college’s policy relating to APL. Students must also hold GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 (grade C) or above. (Level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications are also accepted).

Where an applicant does not hold the formal academic requirements for entry to the programme but can demonstrate relevant experiential learning across a range of industries, they may apply for admission through the College Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process. In such cases, contact the Course Director for the programme who will advise further.

Candidates presenting with an ordinary degree (bachelor's without honours) in this subject area, and who wish to top up to a full honours degree (bachelor's with honours), may be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning RPL procedures.

International students must meet the general entrance requirements for admission to any College First Degree, Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma.

English language requirements for international applicants is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE – Pass at Level 3 also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Course International Entry Requirements:

Any applicant whose first language is not English or who has not achieved a grade C in a recent GCSE in English Language should demonstrate their competence in written and spoken English at IELTS – Academic 6.0, with minimum 5.5 in all four elements of the test.

Assessment of core modules will be by a combination of Course Work, Professional Report(s), Presentation(s) and Examinations. *The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.

Upon successful completion of the BEng (Hons) in Building Services with Sustainable Energy programme graduates may consider entering into employment within the mechanical, electrical or energy industries or continuing to study by applying for a place on a post-graduate programme i.e. MSc.

South West College is approved by the Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to The Open University validated awards. The Open University regulations can be found here. You can also download the full programme specification here
Teaching Delivery Statement
The teaching and learning strategy within this programme will comprise of a range of delivery methods such as face to face, online and blended. All methods used have the full agreement of students, external examiners and awarding body partners.

Please note The programme will be delivered at Dungannon/Enniskillen (subject to number of applicants)

Tuition Fees

Students do not pay course fees as a Higher Level Apprentice as the programme of study is funded by the Department for Economy.

To be eligible to commence study on the HLA pathway, applicants must have secured full-time paid employment in a computing-related position.

During your course you may be required to purchase course textbooks and incur additional costs for printing, photocopying and binding. The overall costs incurred to support your studies may be in the region of £250 per year.

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*The fees quoted are per annum and are payable for each year of the course’s duration.




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