Undergraduate study

Course overview

This is a course developed for trainee technicians and engineers, designers and production personnel working in a manufacturing or process environment within the chemical industry.

This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Redcar & Cleveland College. This is a course developed for trainee technicians and engineers, designers and production personnel working in a manufacturing or process environment within the chemical industry. It develops key underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding associated with chemical plant and process plant operations. Throughout the course, a great deal of emphasis is placed on applying newly acquired knowledge and skills within the workplace environment. Teaching and learning methods used include case studies, presentations, projects and discussions as well as practical and laboratory work.

This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Redcar & Cleveland College (01642 473132 or info@cleveland.ac.uk).


Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Analytical Methods for Engineers

You gain fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques to complete the core modules of higher national engineering programmes. It is a base for further study of analytical methods and mathematics, needed for the more advanced option modules. You use fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems at higher national level.

Fluid Mechanics

You are introduced to the basic principles of fluid mechanics. You explore properties of fluids and different types of flow, and the underlying principles and theory of fluid mechanics in lectures. You look at worked examples in tutorials and laboratory work to enable practical investigation.

Heat Transfer and Combustion (HN)

You develop knowledge of principles and empirical relationships to enable you to solve practical problems involving heat transfer, combustion and the specification of practical engineering equipment.

Mass and Energy Balances (HN)

You are introduced to the basics of the Law of Conservation of mass and the concept of energy can neither be created nor destroyed, but can be changed from one form to another. This module provides a clear understanding for setting up and solving mass and energy balance problems related to chemical processes and the use of steam tables for solving energy balance problems.

Mass Transfer Operations

This module will enable you to develop an understanding of basic theories of mass transfer and phase equilibria and to be able to specify and design equipment for distillation, gas absorption, liquid extraction and leaching processes.

Project Engineering

This module develops your ability to use the knowledge and skills you learn at work and on the programme to complete a realistic work project.

We integrate the skills and knowledge you develop in other modules on the course within a piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected of a working engineer.


Plus two specialist modules

Business Management Techniques

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the functions, structures and inter-relationships of an engineering business. It enables you to develop and apply the skills of costing, financial planning and control associated with engineered products or services.

The module also teaches you to appreciate the development of the fundamental concepts of project planning and scheduling that can be applied within an engineering organisation.

Chemistry for Chemical Engineers (HN)

Chemical engineers should have a basic grounding in chemistry and chemical principles. Aspects of chemistry, particularly physical chemistry, underpin many of the principles in chemical engineering. This module introduces these basic principles.

Engineering Design (HN)

You gain experience of carrying out a design project, giving you an appreciation of how design involves harmonising key parameters and blending them into the design solution, and to produce a design report. You cover each stage of the process, including: client brief, planning, design specification, design report and evaluation.

Engineering Thermodynamics

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the principles and laws of thermodynamics and their application to engineering thermodynamic systems. It covers system definition, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, heat engine cycles, the measurement of engine performance and the layout and performance of steam plant.

Materials for Chemical Engineers

This module provides you with basic background knowledge and understanding of the properties, selection, processing, applications and utilisation of engineering materials.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You attend formal lectures and tutorial sessions and carry out laboratory and workshop practical sessions. You also receive guidance throughout the programme.

How you are assessed

You are required to complete two pieces of in-course assessment in each module which can be in the form of written assignments, laboratory reports or time-constrained assessments. In addition, vocation-specific modules carry an end-of-unit examination.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To enter Year 1, you're expected to have GCSE English (grade C or above) and good grades in maths, chemistry or physics at Level 3 (for example A level, BTEC ND, ACCESS, IB).

A typical offer might be 160 tariff points including at least grade D in Level 3 maths and chemistry or physics. Key Skills and General Studies don't normally count towards the tariff point requirement.

We consider relevant engineering experience. If you're a mature student with appropriate work experience you may need to do a bridging programme in maths.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Health conditions requiring adjustments
For this particular course, you may need to undertake an occupational health or work-based risk assessment check. If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism spectrum condition, sensory impairment or medical condition that may require reasonable adjustments during an external placement, in the university or in a clinical practice area, this must be declared as part of the enrolment process. If you are unsure you can contact the relevant admissions or course tutor for guidance.



Career opportunities

This course will help you further develop your career within a process, chemical or manufacturing environment. You can progress towards a degree programme in chemical engineering, which is currently offered at Teesside University. Graduates may also take up employment opportunities within the chemical or process industries.



  • Not available full-time


2019 entry

  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: One day a week
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 473132
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