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Online learning in engineering TUOLE

Teesside University online learning in engineering is one of the leading providers of high-quality flexible education to the engineering industry.

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Further information

Entry requirements and applying

The principal entry requirement for a Teesside University online learning in engineering HNC course is that our tutors are satisfied that you can be expected to benefit from the course and have a realistic expectation of successfully completing it.

The basic entry requirement for the HNC courses is a Level 3 qualification in mathematics. If you don't hold a qualification at this level, we have a bridging module available - Foundation Mathematics for Engineers. If you wish to start with the Foundation Mathematics for Engineers module, please state this on your application form.

For entry onto either HNC Chemical Engineering or HNC Processing Engineering you may be required to complete a bridging module in Process Chemistry.

For entry onto a BEng Tech (Hons) top-up course you need a HND in a relevant subject.

We make every effort to take relevant previous experience and appropriate alternative qualifications into account.

Course costs

For a Higher National Certificate (HNC) you study eight modules at £495 for each module. For the Higher National Diploma (HND) you study a maximum of 16 modules, again at £495 each. You usually pay for one module at a time. Some modules are subject to availability.

If you join the course and haven't completed any appropriate HNC modules previously, the total cost of an HNC is currently £3,960 for the eight modules required and an HND is another £3,960 on top of this for the additional eight modules you need to study.

Visit the course pages for our BEng Tech (Hons) courses for information on fees.

Student loans

Home students may be eligible to apply for a student loan using the Student Finance website. Click on 'apply online for student finance'.

HNCs and HNDs

Search for Teesside University and the course title for the month you wish to start your studies and apply for a loan of £990 only to cover the cost of the first two modules. You must not select the maximum allowance option. If you study more than two modules within your year, the University will issue the Student Loans Company with an electronic change of circumstances request for an increase in your tuition fee loan. Please note you must apply each year for your next student loan - for example, if your loan starts in May 2017 you will need to apply again in May 2018 for that year.

When you receive your letter of confirmation from the Student Loans Company, please email it to us at before the start of your course. Please note that the foundation modules (if applicable) are not covered by this loan.

We are an ELCAS provider, provider number 1691.

BEng Tech (Hons) top-up courses

Please visit Student Finance for information on how to apply for a student loan.



Take advantage of Teesside University online learning engineering courses to efficiently develop your technical and engineering workforce. Online learning is the most cost effective means of providing your staff with the education they need to ensure your company remains competitive.

Our courses are equally suited to ongoing professional development of senior technical managers as to supporting established vocational training such as apprenticeships.

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Tutor support

With a comprehensive tutor support network and competitively priced programmes, your flexible, accredited study with us means you can enhance your skills and knowledge in a way that suits you.

The HNC/D programmes are delivered via a dedicated online support site through TU Online VLE which provides learning and support materials.

Improve your employability

Our internationally renowned study materials let you progress at your own pace, when and where you wish. It's flexible.

All our course materials are self-contained and come with a full support and assessment package, allowing you to achieve your internationally recognised technical and engineering qualification. The courses are delivered through our online site TU Online VLE

Join the tens of thousands of successful technicians and engineers whose career progression has been vitalised and underpinned by qualifications gained through online learning from Teesside University.

The University is fundamental to developing and upskilling our people so that they meet the needs of the future.

George Ritchie, Senior Vice-President, Sembcorp

Frequently asked questions

What does online learning mean?

Online learning means studying at a location and over a timescale convenient to you. Rather than give up your job, you can continue to live at home and earn while studying. You use specially prepared learning materials written by experienced academics. They know which sections of the work you usually find difficult, and have provided user-friendly explanations and self-assessment questions to help your study. Full answers are provided.

Why should I study?

Increased knowledge and higher qualifications will enhance both your performance in your present job and your future employment prospects.

Who provides the course?

We provide the course materials through our e-learning site TU Online VLE and can provide tutorial support. Course accreditation is provided by Teesside University under licence from Pearson.

How long will it take?

Since online learning programmes allow you to work at your own pace, this varies. But typically, a Higher National Certificate takes between two and three years. You must complete the course within five years and you must do at least two 15-credit modules a year (30 credits in total).

What support will I receive?

For each module within a course you are allocated a tutor. The tutor grades your tutor-marked assessments and provides feedback through the online site TU Online VLE Your tutor is also available to contact by phone, email or (by prior arrangement) in person to help you with any problems that you have with the work.

How will I be assessed?

You are assessed by a series of in-course tutor-marked assessments which assess topic areas of each module. The number of assessments varies across the modules. You complete the assessment and submit your answers through the online site, TU Online VLE.

Will I undertake any practical work?

If there is practical work involved in a module you do it at home using special practical kits developed by us and loaned to you free of charge to use on the course.

What resources do I have access to?

We provide all course materials and they are all self-contained. This course is delivered through a dedicated online support site through e-learning which provides learning and support materials.

You will also have access to the University library resources which include a large number of ebooks and journals.

Difficulty with your studies?

If you are having difficulty completing your course because of a change in personal circumstances, please contact the TUOLE admin team on 01642 342732 to discuss your options.

If you have any difficulties with module lessons and assessments, please contact your module tutor.

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