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Engineering BSc (Hons) (top-up from HND) (full-time)

  • HE

If you have graduated with an HND in Engineering, then this course will allow you to top-up to achieve a degree qualification in Engineering. The course enables you to complete your engineering studies at degree-level in a single year of study, building on your existing knowledge gained at HND level, without the need to take a full three or four year degree programme. On this course you will study the first semester at Bedford College, followed by the second semester at University of Northampton.

University of Northampton


I am an Environmental Test apprentice at Lockheed Martin, a global defence and aerospace company, and I am studying for a BSc in Engineering with Bedford College and the University of Northampton. Alongside my role, I help to look after 20 junior apprentices, which is where my journey with Bedford College also started.

I began as a Maintenance apprentice with Lockheed Martin in 2012, studying the Level 3 Mechanical Engineering apprenticeship programme at the College.  I have always enjoyed taking things apart and putting them back together, so engineering was an obvious choice for me after school. I then studied a year of Electrical Engineering at Level 3, in order to give me dual skills and progressed from there on to the HNC/HND in Electrical Engineering.  

My journey with the College and my employer has allowed me to access different opportunities, while all the time learning as much as I can and gaining more qualifications. I wanted to stay at the College because I had got to know the tutors; they are so knowledgeable and have always been really invested in their students.

The BSc is a great challenge and the programming aspect has allowed me to develop new skills that I can put to use in my career. There are different learning styles at the College and the University, with more one-to-one learning at College but more focus on self-learning at Northampton. 

I’d definitely recommend the College to others – it’s a great place to learn and will drive you to achieve all that you can. 

Chris - Engineering BSc Top-Up

Entry requirements

You must have a HND in either Electrical, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering.

Course content

The course covers a range of electrical, mechanical and general engineering topics, to provide a general foundation in engineering at degree-level.

Modules include:

  • Advanced Electro-Mechanical System Design
  • Machines and Mechanisms
  • Computer Simulation and Modelling
  • Lean Manufacturing & Quality Applications
  • Engineering Project.

The course provides an introduction to studying at degree-level at the University of Northampton, with options to continue on further engineering courses at the University.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework, oral presentations, group work, practical reports, critical reviews and end of module exams.

Further study and career options

After this course you can enter a number of engineering sectors in the industry including roles within the manufacturing, pharmaceutical and automotive sectors as well as scientific writing and journalism as well as marketing and sales. Alternatively, you could choose to continue your study at the university towards a postgraduate degree leading to a Master's level qualification or continue to study an area of specific interest and gain a PhD qualification.

Additional information

You will need to plan for studying the first semester at Bedford College, followed by the second semester at University of Northampton.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

How to apply

You will need to apply via the University of Northampton’s portal, located at

  • When you select the course and search for Engineering, you should choose CBSCENGINTU - 3FT BSc Engineering Top-up to select the FT (full-time) route
  • It is recommended that you use Google Chrome, Safari or Mozilla Firefox as opposed to Internet Explorer
  • In additional to capturing your personal information, the university requires you to upload a personal statement document and upload scans of your qualification certificates
  • You will also need to indicate how you will be paying the tuition fees: HE loan, self-fee payer, sponsor/employer to pay fees etc. If your employer should be invoiced, you will also need to upload a letter of authorisation from your employer on headed paper confirming this.

Course Information & How to Apply

You will need to apply online via the University of Northampton's website at: – it is recommended that you use Google Chrome, Safari or Mozilla Firefox as opposed to Internet Explorer.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 21/09/2020 £8000 Cauldwell Street D1637


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