BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering Pathway

GCU Pathways

GCU Pathways students enrol at Glasgow Caledonian University on the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering. Over the first two years, you will study HND Mechanical Engineering at the City of Glasgow College in preparation for transfer to the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering course in year three.

If you enjoy being hands on with technology and creating solutions to complex problems, you should consider mechanical engineering. Learn to design and manufacture mechanical products to degree level and excel in this field.

Engineers are involved in a number of design and development activities and this course make you a well-rounded engineer able to exercise leadership, initiative, personal responsibility and decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations. This course offers the option to specialise in Systems or Design.

This new course for 2021 combines our previous courses BEng/MEng Mechanical Systems Engineering and BEng/MEng Computer-Aided Mechanical Engineering to bring you the knowledge, skills and experiences needed to excel as a graduate in the mechanical engineering field.

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, this course fully meets the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Your career

Graduates of the previous courses have found success in a variety of local, national and international industries and consultancies, such as mechanical, aerospace, electronics, offshore, local authority, manufacturing and building services.

Year one

Spend Year one and two studying HND Mechanical Engineering at the City of Glasgow College developing your key mechanical engineering skills.

Year three

Computer Aided Engineering, Energy Conversion Technologies, Manufacture and Materials, Engineering Design and Analysis, Integrated Engineering Studies and Engineering Operations Management.

Year four

Honours Project, Finite Element Analysis, Engineering Design and  Analysis, Simulation for Manufacturing, Renewable Energy Equipment Design, Computer-Aided Design.

Looking to take your degree to masters level?

Did you know that we also offer a one-year progression to the MEng qualification? After year four of your BEng (Hons) degree, there is the chance to progress to MEng level with the same great funding options available. Check out our Entry Requirements section for information on how to progress and what the MEng year involves, and don’t forget, you can ask us about your progression and qualification at any point in your journey.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date



BEng (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
Aug 2022
Multiple Locations
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BEng (Hons) Full Time 4 Years Aug 2022 Multiple Locations Enquire Apply

Year one

Scottish Higher: BB or equivalent which must include Maths or a Science

Please note: Pathway courses are for Scottish domiciled applicants only.

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Progression criteria

Progress to year three of the BEng (Hons) degree course with a 30 Credit HND Mechanical Engineering with a minimum B in both graded unit/s.

The HND must also include Engineering Mathematics 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 HN units.

Progress to year five of the MEng Mechanical Engineering subject to your results at the end of year four.

English language

Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element less than 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
International: £13,000

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from the Rest of the UK (RUK) will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

The School’s industrial partnerships provide access to design-oriented case studies/projects, work experience and real world problems including the option of a year long placement.

This programme belongs to GCU's Department of Engineering which is a member of the National Agency for Finite Element Methods and Standards (NAFEMS).

Students will be assessed via a combination of examinations, coursework, presentations, case study analysis, reports and the final dissertation.