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Engineering at work

Engineers develop practical and professional skills at work in ways that aren’t always formally recognised. If you are currently in engineering-related employment then this module allows you to gain academic credit for learning at work by completing work-based activities, designed to help improve your work performance and plan your professional development. You will need someone in your workplace, typically your line manager, to authenticate, though not assess, some of your coursework.

What you will study

This module gives you the opportunity to integrate learning experiences from your engineering workplace into a university module. It forms an essential part of your engineering foundation degree studies, which must include accredited learning at work.

Studying this module will enable you to:

  • develop your ability to learn from your work
  • apply your understanding and knowledge of engineering theory and practice within your workplace
  • develop your skills in understanding how your organisation functions
  • evaluate and develop your personal and professional skills
  • develop your personal and career development plans
  • enhance your employability.

Over the duration of the module you will become a reflective practitioner, allowing you to deepen your understanding of your engineering workplace practice. You’ll learn how to evaluate your own work and prepare and present evidence of your professional competence.

You will achieve this by working through a series of activities and assignments with support from your module tutor and work colleagues. Guidance comes from module books and worksheets, which we will send you along with other study materials. Additional support is provided by a website and online forums.

Entry requirements

You are responsible for obtaining permission to use your workplace as a basis for your studies prior to registering for this module.

To successfully complete this module you must:

  • be in an engineering-related occupation1
  • have permission to carry out work-based learning tasks in your workplace
  • have a suitable person within your workplace who will confirm that the coursework you submit is based on your practice within that workplace.

We will send you further detailed information when you have registered.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

1Volunteering in an engineering-related role may be acceptable – contact us to discuss suitability before registering.

What's included

You’ll have access to a module website, which includes:

  • a week-by-week study planner
  • module-specific online materials
  • assignment details and submission section
  • online tutorial access
  • online forums.

You’ll also be provided with four printed module books. Electronic versions of the study materials are available.

Computing requirements

You’ll need broadband internet access and a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of Windows (10 or 11) or macOS Monterey or higher.

Any additional software will be provided or is generally freely available.

To join in spoken conversations in tutorials, we recommend a wired headset (headphones/earphones with a built-in microphone).

Our module websites comply with web standards, and any modern browser is suitable for most activities.

Our OU Study mobile app will operate on all current, supported versions of Android and iOS. It’s not available on Kindle.

It’s also possible to access some module materials on a mobile phone, tablet device or Chromebook. However, as you may be asked to install additional software or use certain applications, you’ll also require a desktop or laptop, as described above.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

Throughout your module studies, you’ll get help and support from your assigned module tutor. They’ll help you by:

  • Marking your assignments (TMAs) and providing detailed feedback for you to improve.
  • Guiding you to additional learning resources.
  • Providing individual guidance, whether that’s for general study skills or specific module content.
  • Facilitating online discussions between your fellow students, in the dedicated module and tutor group forums.

Module tutors also run online tutorials throughout the module. Where possible, recordings of online tutorials will be made available to students. While these tutorials won’t be compulsory for you to complete the module, you’re strongly encouraged to take part.


The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box.

Three of the TMAs are for assessment purposes and one, which must be submitted electronically, is used to return a short form relating to your workplace confirmer.

If you have a disability

The OU strives to make all aspects of study accessible to everyone and this Accessibility Statement outlines what studying T198 involves. You should use this information to inform your study preparations and any discussions with us about how we can meet your needs.

Future availability

Engineering at work (T198) starts once a year – in January/February.

This page describes the module that will start in February 2025.

We expect it to start for the last time in February 2026.

Course work includes:

4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment