The model integrates work based learning at either masters or bachelors level with supervised development of professional competence.  It is for those in the workplace without the full exemplifying qualification for professional engineering registration and who are unable to commit to full-time study.

The Engineering Gateways programmes lead to either a Bachelors or MSc Professional Engineering Degree, and graduates who demonstrate the required competences are also eligible to apply for professional review.

Professional engineering institutions have been involved in developing the model and once sufficient output is available, the relevant professional engineering institution will review this and consider conferring accreditation on programmes, as explained in the professional engineering institution Registration Protocol.

The approach used involves:

Further details about the roles and responsibilities of the university-based staff are set out in a Protocol that participating universities agree to, the process map and the guidance on mentoring and assessment.

The Engineering Council is keen to encourage universities to develop programmes that adhere to the framework and are tailored to their own particular regional or sectoral needs, to meet a pressing need for more professionally qualified engineers. A toolkit for universities wishing to develop engineering gateways type degrees has been developed.

The model is particularly appropriate for those universities that have experience of offering workbased learning programmes at bachelor or masters level and have links with employers. Participating universities are listed here.

What to do if you are interested

Universities wishing to offer a programme are encouraged to read the supporting documentation on this site and email for guidance and an informal discussion.