There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification; however, you’ll need some knowledge of mathematics, and the ability to read and write to a good standard of English.
Check you have the necessary skills at students.open.ac.uk/openmark/engineering.ayrf1
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How much time do I need?
This qualification consists of four stages, normally studied over eight years:
Stage 1: two 6-month 30-credit modules studied consecutively over the first year1 and two 9-month 30-credit modules that overlap in the second year
- Year 1: T192 Oct–Apr and T193 Mar–Sep
- Year 2: T194 Oct–Jun and T176 Feb–Oct
Stage 2: two 6-month 30-credit modules studied consecutively in the first year, and two 9-month 30-credit modules that overlap in the second year2
- Year 3: T271 Oct–Mar and T272 Apr–Sep
- Year 4: specialist module Oct–Jun and T276 Feb–Sep
Stage 3: 60-credits of specialist modules studied over 9 months in the first year, and a 9-month 30-credit specialist module and 6-month 30-credit postgraduate module that overlap in the second year2
- Year 5: specialist modules Oct–Jun
- Year 6: specialist module Oct–Jun and postgraduate module Nov–Apr or May–Oct
Stage 4: a 9-month 30-credit individual project module that can be studied alongside a 6-month 30-credit specialist module in the first year followed by a 6-month 30-credit postgraduate module that overlap in the second year.
Your final module must be a 9-month 30-credit team project module that you can start only once you’ve completed all your other study.
- Year 7: T460 Oct–June and postgraduate module Nov–Apr or May–Oct
- Year 8: postgraduate module Nov–Apr3 and T885 Sep–June
Find out if you have enough time to study with our time planner
1You can start Stage 1 in an April; however, you may have to take a 6-month study break before you can start Stage 2.
2It’s possible to study Stages 2 and 3 over a shorter period by further overlapping modules; however, this will create a demanding workload.
3M820 runs Oct–Jun
Preparing for study with an Access module
If your study skills are a bit rusty or you want to try out Open University study before committing yourself, don’t worry! The OU offers Access modules designed to introduce the subject area, build your confidence and prepare you for further study, and you may be eligible to study an Access module for free! You'll get:
- a personal tutor providing regular feedback with one to one telephone tutorials
- support from a dedicated team throughout your study
- detailed written feedback.
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