Gateways to the Professions Flexible Pathways to becoming a Professional Engineer Work-based Learning Programmes Engage Conference 15 th January 2008 Jonathan Ling. History 2004 Langlands Report on providing “clear, accessible gateways to people who want to pursue professional careers”.
Flexible Pathways to becoming a Professional Engineer
Work-based Learning Programmes
Engage Conference 15th January 2008
2004 Langlands Report on providing “clear, accessible gateways to people who want to pursue professional careers”.
Government’s response to the Report included the announcement of a Gateways Development Fund of £6m over 3 years up to March 2008
ECUK were invited to bid for funding
ECUK Project: Flexible Pathways to becoming a Professional Engineer
Develop models of flexible pathways into and through HE, leading to professional status in engineering
To benefit those who cannot or are unwilling to undertake an HE based programme
Launch a WBL programme based on the current Kingston model
Project to last up to 2011 with DIUS funding front-loaded over first two years.
United Kingdom Standard
Professional Engineering Competence
Entry Gateway Exit GatewayProfessional Review Interview
Experience and skill-sets required
Underpinning knowledge required
UK-SPEC CompetenceQualification Awarded
(MSc, BEng or TC)
2 to 4 years WBL programme
work-based programme. Learning Contract established.
leading to MSc (180 M Level Credits)
leading to BEng (60 Level 6 Credits or 120 for Hons)
leading to Level 3 Technical Certificate (NC/ND or equivalent)
It can contain NVQ assessment at levels 5, 4, or 3 respectively and may be part of
Based on Kingston University’s Masters by Learning Contract
CHARTERED ENGINEER (CEng)
INCORPORATED ENGINEER (IEng)
Bachelors Degree final Year
120 (for Hons) or
at level 6
Work Based Bachelors Degree Top –up Year
60 or 120 (Hons) Credits at level 6
or PG Certificate
Bachelors Degree Year 2
Foundation Degree Year 2
30+% delivered in industry
Bachelors Degree Year 1
Foundation Degree Year 1
30+% delivered in industry
Engineering Technician (EngTech)
Foundation Degree Year 0 including work based learning and experience
A-Levels, Baccalaureate, National Qualifications etc
Work Based Learning and Vocational Experience within an
Advanced Apprenticeship (Technical Certificate and NVQ Level 3)
Intending participant completes a Professional Development Audit to determine the gap between current competences and those of UK-SPEC. This is part of the Learning Contract process, and provides academic credit
Does participant have exemplifying qualifications?
Is the evidence of competence from the Professional Development Audit sufficient to consider participant as a potential CEng Candidate?
Are Learning Contract intended outcomes sufficient to consider participant as potential CEng Candidate?
Learning Contract submitted to University’s Board of Study for approval as an MSc Professional Engineering participant. PEI membership sought.
Learning Contract submitted to University’s Board of Study for approval as an MSc Technology student – not subject to UK-SPEC Competence assessment.
Participant sufficiently meets all Learning Outcomes for HEI award? UK-SPEC competences met?
Participant sufficiently meets all Learning Outcomes for HEI award?
& P R Interview
Viva Voce Examination
An individually designed programme specifying outcome(s), activities, assessment criteria and mode of assessment. Learning outcomes may be delivered within a series of “modules”