Industrial Control Engineering (BEng) (Bachelor of Engineering)

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Now recruiting for September 2021 start

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3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Placement)
4 Years (Integrated Foundation Stage)


Park, Cheltenham

This course will prepare you for a career as a modern engineer. You’ll explore the latest advances in digital technology, including the additional opportunities and risks they present. You’ll learn how these advances can be combined with traditional engineering to achieve new levels of automation, communication, monitoring and self-diagnosis. Known as Industry 4.0, this next phase of industrial development is leading to smart factories, advanced manufacturing and revolutionary changes to connected devices.

Organisations in the UK and worldwide are keen to benefit from these greater efficiencies, while also addressing the new cyber risks associated. As such, the industrial control skills you’ll gain on this course are increasingly in demand – in industries like oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemical engineering, manufacturing, research, transport and infrastructure.

To build your skills and knowledge you’ll study automation technology, operations and engineering design and management. You’ll explore innovative approaches to industrial control engineering – and understand how to apply them to solve the real-world problems that arise as Industry 4.0 continues to develop. The course has been designed to be accredited by Engineering Council through the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (iMechE), and/ or Energy Institute

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Study style

You’ll gain fundamental knowledge while developing the creative and technical skills you need for a career in modern engineering. You’ll then have the chance to put these skills into practice in local and national industry.

Typical modules:

  • Sensors and actuators
  • Automation technology
  • Sustainable and renewable energy systems
  • Power and drive control

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Sensors and Actuators' to 'Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2021 entry

112 tariff points

Not enough tariff points? This course is available with an integrated foundation stage to help you prepare.

Typical offers

BBB at A levels, DDM at BTEC (must include Maths and either Physics, Electronics, Further Maths or Chemistry) or a combination of your qualifications to reach the required tariff total.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BEng (Hons) - 3 years full-timeH660
BEng (Hons) - 4 years placementH661
BEng (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageH664


  • Industrial control engineer
  • Integrated manufacturing engineer
  • Mechatronics engineer
  • Automation engineer
  • System engineer
  • Engineering management professional

Industry links

You’ll have a strong focus on practical application of the skills and knowledge you gain. The course has been developed with the involvement of industry employers, and designed to be accredited by the Engineering Council through the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (iMechE) and/or the Energy Institute.

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Master a broad skillset

Study in a technological hub of engineering, computing, business and management. Gain the multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills you’ll need to work as a modern engineer in a range of industries.

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Meet the increasing demand

Industrial control engineering skills are in high demand within the UK and worldwide. This course will help you develop your career in an innovative and rapidly expanding industry.

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Strong links with the industry

You’ll have the chance to practise your knowledge in local and national employers including ABB, MOOG, SC Group, Spirax Sarco, Dowty Propeller, Kohler Mira and Total Metal Products Ltd.

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