A NEW engineering degree is being launched at Evesham College – the only course of its type in Worcestershire.

The BEng (Hons) Engineering degree will start in September 2020 and provides the only Level 6 study option in the region.

It is hoped the course will benefit employers regionally who are looking to upskill workforces or employees who would like to top-up to level six honours.

The part-time course, which is accredited by the University of Gloucestershire, will act as a top-up degree from level five and can be completed within a year.

Students can also complete their Level 4 and 5 at the college (part of the Warwickshire College Group), but existing employees with HND or foundation degrees will now have a local option to achieve their full qualification.

It will be one-day a week programme for 34 weeks and is being delivered by experts who have also worked in industry.

Learning will take place in the state-of-the-art engineering centre at Evesham College.

Simon Smithers, head of engineering for Higher Education Programmes at WCG, said: “Worcestershire has a highly-skilled workforce but does not have anywhere offering a Level 6 engineering degree and our new course will bridge that gap.

“The course will provide a gateway for those in highly-technical jobs to complete this next level or study without having to travel away from the region.

Candidates will need to have completed a HND in Engineering or a Foundation degree in Engineering and should have studied Engineering Mathematics at Level 4 (minimum) within their previous studies.