Control and Automation Engineering

2018 entry

BEng (Hons) Control and Automation Engineering

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: Not applicable
Full time international tuition fee: Not applicable
Full-time industrial placement year fee: Not applicable
Part-time tuition fee: Not applicable

We are awaiting confirmation from the UK Government on what the 2018/19 undergraduate tuition fees will be. Fees will be shown here once an announcement has been made.

Course type

BEng (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required:

UCAS code:

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Five years part time

About your course

Completing the BEng (Hons) Control and Automation Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to graduate with a degree-level qualification plus advanced level skills and experience that will boost your career prospects and future earning potential.

  • ​Excellent student support from academic tutors and student mentorsDesign-led engineering curriculum emphasis, with design projects supplied by industrial partners
  • Well-equipped laboratories and workshops with state-of-the-art software and excellent technical support
  • To be accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Regular contributions from professional engineers and industrial visits
  • Our thriving Student Autosport Society competes successfully in the Formula Student competition and electrical engineering students play a key role in developing the control systems that are crucial to the team's success

You could play a key role in developing the control systems that are crucial to our car's success in the Formula Student competition.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

​Embarking on any degree course can be daunting, and so to help you get to know your tutors and fellow students, we organise a three-day field trip to the Blue Peris Mountain Centre in Wales in your first year. Undoubtedly you will need academic and personal support at times during your course, and for this reason you will be allocated a personal tutor with whom you can discuss course-related issues, work on a personal development plan and set your own targets.

Course details

Completing the BEng (Hons) Control and Automation Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to graduate with a Masters-level qualification plus advanced level skills and experience that will boost your career prospects and future earning potential.

Control and Automation engineers are also involved in the ongoing development and production of a diverse range of products, and so companies supplying anything from bread to jet engines, from mobile phones to banking services will need their skills.

Level 4 of this BEng (Hons) course covers core engineering principles and technologies such as mathematics, electrical engineering, control and instrumentation, microprocessors and programming. You will also spend time completing structured design projects, which will help develop your engineering and management skills. In the second year there is greater emphasis on the application of the core principles through design.

Electronics and microprocessors are taught in the context of designing and controlling engineering systems and the mathematics course provides the essential skills to enable you to design control strategies, and supports the more mathematical modules of the programme.

During your course, you will undertake projects that both structured and less structured allowing you more freedom to design your own solutions to problems. This is supported by seminars in commercial project development, which will teach you some of the key skills needed to plan and manage a project.

The third year of the programme covers the core themes of electronics, control, automation  and management and you will undertake a major individual project with an academic supervisor.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

  • Engineering Principles
  • Microprocessors and Software
  • Electrical Circuit Principles
  • Digital and Analogue Electronics
  • Electrical Engineering Practice 1
  • Engineering Mathematics 1a
  • Engineering Mathematics 1b

Level 5

  • Digital and Embedded Systems
  • Electric Machines
  • Linear Electronics
  • Control System Design and Analysis
  • Electrical Engineering Practice 2
  • Applied Instrumentation
  • Engineering Mathematics 2

Sandwich degree:

  • Year-long placement
  • Study Abroad

Level 6

  • Automation
  • Embedded Systems
  • Power Electronics, Drives and Systems
  • Process Control
  • Engineering Project
  • Industrial Management

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

Teaching is via a combination of lectures supported by small-group tutorials, plus seminars, design and building projects, and laboratory work.

During your first two years, formal teaching will account for around 18-20 hours per week, and you will be expected to spend approximately 30-32 hours in private study. As you progress through the course, independent study becomes more important and so the proportion of private study time increases to around 42 hours per week.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

​LJMU is recognised for its excellent record in engineering research in collaboration with industry, and with academic partners from the UK and around the world. Many of the academic team have professional industrial experience at senior levels, and all are engaged in research or scholarship which helps maintain the relevance of the curriculum delivered.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose

​Assessment is usually via a combination of exams and coursework, and sometimes by a portfolio of work, depending on the subject. A final year project gives you the chance to work independently and contributes considerably to your final mark. Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

​In addition to the excellent facilities and learning resources, you'll get support on both sides of the learning experience, havng dedicated workplace based LJMU trained mentors and from university tutors to provide developmental and pastoral support.

Achievement of the formal qualifications is part of a broader audit-based end-point employer endorsement with a rigorous interview/viva, which incorporates a detailed occupational development record and portfolio of evidence including; 1. an evidence-based record of the high-performance behavioural assessments  2. a demanding knowledge and theory-based assessment as part of the HND or Foundation Degree; 3. a full NVQ Level 4 Competence Qualification, with stringent evidence requirements and robust quality assurance processes; 4. completion of an Engineering Degree (BEng) 5. an overarching employer endorsement of the full standard at the conclusion of the programme through a rigorous interview/viva, resulting in confirmation of "occupational competence" of the Apprentice.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

128

Application and selection

​We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess. We want students with the ability to: be creative with ideas and concepts, moderate their creativity with logic, be enthusiastic and thirsty for knowledge, communicate effectively and confidently and understand and adapt to a wide range of issues connected with the subject. It is also important that students are able to manage time and tasks effectively as an individual and as part of a team, use appropriate sources to find and organise information and select and critically evaluate information in order to analyse problems.If you would like to develop these skills further, have a strong interest in this subject area and want to work effectively within it, then this is the course for you!

GCSE and equivalents

  • Applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE.

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: A2 Level from Maths and one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Further Maths, Electronics or Engineering.
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: ABB
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: To the value of 128 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications. Must be in an Engineering discipline. A Distinction grade in the Further Mathematics for Technicians unit is required.
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DDM if studied on its own or To the total of 128 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications. Engineering discipline required with a Distinction grade in Further Mathematics unit.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Not acceptable

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 27 IB Diploma Points with 6 IB points in HL Mathematics and 6 IB points in HL Physics.

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 128 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Additional entry requirement information

​Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance/fees

For information on fees and finance please contact: degreeapprenticeships@ljmu.ac.uk

Career prospects

There is a national shortage of graduate engineers, making our graduates highly sort after by employers. Engineering graduates enjoy one of the lowest unemployment rates and one of the best starting salaries.

While this is a new programme, LJMU has a proven track record delivering high quality professionally accredited degrees in electrical and electronic engineering. For example, data published by UNISTATS indicates that 70% of our current MEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates secure a professional or managerial position within six months of graduating.

Control and Automation engineers are employed in almost every sector of economic activity including:

  • the utilities in water, power generation and distribution, and telecommunications
  • all areas of manufacturing, including aerospace, petro-chemical, and automotive
  • research and development
  • technical services and sales
  • consultancies and government agencies

Graduate engineering roles include work as a:

  • project engineer, leading and managing technical teams
  • product development engineer, developing electrical/electronic products and systems
  • power systems engineer, designing managing and maintaining power distribution networks
  • process engineer, developing and maintaining manufacturing processes

Graduates from this programme would be expected to find employment with companies such as:

  • United Utilities
  • Shell
  • British Nuclear Fuels Limited
  • Jaguar
  • Aero Engine Controls (Rolls Royce-Goodrich)
  • the Ministry of Defence

Graduate engineering posts will usually give you the opportunity to work towards incorporated or chartered engineer status.
Relevant vacation work experience and industry placements will also greatly increase your level of employability and that's why we encourage all our students to complete a year's paid placement out in industry.

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Professional accreditation / links

This programme will be presented for accreditation by a professional body such as the IET as soon as possible.
Accredited BEng degrees enable graduates to gain IEng status without further study, while appropriate further study at Level 7 would facilitate application to CEng.

Gaining professional status will be of considerable benefit to you in your future career especially if you join a multinational company or need to have your qualification recognised overseas.

International Scholarships

Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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