Professional/Short Course Digital Engineering

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Engineering Design and Mathematics
8 weeks
On campus, plus online tutorials

Page last updated 1 March 2022


Skills Bootcamps are flexible courses giving successful applicants the opportunity to build up tech skills and fast-track them to an interview with an employer. They are being developed by the Government as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, in partnership with employers, providers and local authorities, to help people develop the skills that are in demand in their local area and get a better job. 

With the UK becoming the first major economy to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050, there will be a major drive in the adaption and integration of digital technologies in engineering to address challenges such as climate change, sustainable development and low-carbon mobility amongst others.

While a lot is already being done in developing the digital and physical infrastructure for the engineering sector to move towards the digital transformation of business models, there is a big question over where the workforce will come from to support these developments

This Skills Bootcamp will teach you both the basics of innovative digital technologies and equip you with the necessary skills to address challenges resulting from the adoption of new and emerging technologies to give you the means to prosper in a more digital future, while helping companies with meeting immediate digital engineering skills needs. 

Who is it for?

The Skills Bootcamps are open to all applicants provided they are aged 19 or over, are recently unemployed, self-employed, looking to move into a new job role, or coming out of furlough and seeking a pathway to a digital career. 

This Skills Bootcamp will suit individuals who are interested in developing their skills in identifying patterns; problem solving and working with data/numbers. You will gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of automation and digital engineering and the skills and experience which allow you to analyse associated complex problems.

This is designed for learners with a technology or engineering background, who are in their early career looking to specialist into digital engineering or those currently working in these sectors looking to develop their existing skills. 

Entry requirements

Learners will be expected to have a sound knowledge of basic computer literacy to be able to engage with the course delivery format and subject matter and: 

  • Be aged 19 plus
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK  
  • Be based in the South West region or looking to gain employment in this region 
  • Agree to provide mandatory personal data and supplementary information on their employment outcomes for up to 8 months following completion of the Skills Bootcamp 
  • Be looking for a new role, new opportunities or increased responsibility/promotion to a different role which utilises the skills acquired through their Skills Bootcamp
  • We will also consider learners already in employment in the engineering or technology sector that need to re-skill / up-skill. 

Be either  

  • employed*/self-employed, or  
  • career changers/returners/redeployed, or  
  • unemployed within the last 12 months  

For further information regarding eligibility please see here.

Please note that you can make an application to join multiple Skills Bootcamps across providers but, once accepted, you can only be fully enrolled on one.

*Employers will be able to send existing employees who meet the Skills Bootcamp eligibility requirements on this training at an impressive 70% discount of the standard fee. Please contact us for further details.



WEEK 1: Introduction to digital technologies and digital transformation in Engineering 

  • Overview of Digital Technologies for Design and Manufacturing  
  • Smart Automation and Robotics 
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality  
  • Digital Twinning 
  • AI-driven Engineering 
  • Industry 4.0

WEEK 2: Digital Design and Manufacturing

  • Introduction to Digital Manufacturing and Design approaches 
  • Digital Manufacturing Supply Chains 
  • Data-Driven Manufacturing 
  • Digital Threads 
  • Systems Modelling and Simulation 
  • Accelerated and Agile Design

WEEKS 3-4: Data-Centric Engineering 

  • Data Management 
  • Data Science models for Engineering Systems 
  • Data Analytics 
  • Digital Data Visualisation  
  • Machine Learning and AI 
  • Data Security  

WEEKS 5-6: Industrial Project with Academic Support

  • A series of self-guided projects introducing the smart factory concept and exploring new and emerging technologies designed around areas like Digital Twinning and Smart Automation will allow learners to carry out end-to-end analysis on real-world tasks using real-world tools and workflows. 

WEEKS 7-8: Preparation for Employment 

  • Workshops supported by UWE employability services comprising practical career advice, mentoring, CV and cover letter writing workshops, attending interviews and helping learners choose the right career pathways using tools that will help learners find out where their talents lie. Tools include practice psychometric testing, personality tests, and job hunting and networking skills. 
  • Industry Engagement week to showcase the skills acquired by the learners and demonstrate awareness, deep understanding and practical skills acquired.  
  • Mentoring (1-1) from industry experts. 

Learning and Teaching

How will I learn?

This Skills Bootcamp is delivered in a blended approach through online tutorials, self-study guided materials and in-person workshop sessions at our Frenchay Campus, Bristol, where you will have the opportunity to engage and explore emerging digital engineering technologies in our state-of-the-art dedicated labs.  

Alongside your study sessions, you will have access to our industry mentors to support you in your learning and application of your new skills into the workplace.


Study facilities

UWE Bristol has invested significantly in online resources to support your blended learning study. We use the 'Blackboard Collaborate' online platform to deliver an integrated learning experience to you and you also have access to a vast number of professional and academic journals and databases online through the UWE Bristol library. 

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer. 

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Course Dates

Please note that you will be expected to make a commitment to self-study activity of approx. 22 hours per week and attend face to face lectures on campus as below

Cohort: January 2021TimeLocation
Week 1  
Monday 17 January 202209:00-16:00Online
Wednesday 19 January 202210:00-16:00Online
Week 2  
Monday 24 January 202209:00-16:00Online
Wednesday 26 January 202209:00-16:00Online
Week 3  
Monday 31 January 202209:00-16:30Frenchay Campus, Bristol
Wednesday 2 February 202209:00-16:30Frenchay Campus, Bristol
Week 4  
Thursday 10 February 202209:00-16:30Frenchay Campus, Bristol
Friday 11 February 202213:30-16:30Frenchay Campus, Bristol
Week 5  
Tuesday 15 February 202209:00-16:00Online
Wednesday 16 February 202209:00-16:00Frenchay Campus, Bristol
Week 6  
Tuesday 22 February 202209:00-16:00Online
Wednesday 23 February 202209:00-16:00Frenchay Campus, Bristol
Week 7  
Monday 28 February 202209:00-16:00Online
Wednesday 2 March 202209:00-16:00Online
Week 8  
Monday 7 March 202209:00-16:00Online
Wednesday 9 March 202209:00-16:00Online

Course Fees

Places are fully funded by the IoT for applicants who meet the entry requirements. Please see 'How to Apply' below. 

How to apply

How to apply

In order to confirm that you meet the necessary requirements for a place on this course, please note that once your application has been reviewed and approved you will be required to provide the following supporting information to formally accept you, as required by the university:

  • A copy of photographic proof of ID (i.e. driver's licence/passport).
  • For non-UK students, this must be a copy of your passport and proof of immigration status (i.e. visa)
  • Agree to a formal Learner Agreement

Once accepted on the course, you will be registered as a UWE Bristol student and issued a UWE Bristol email and password, to enable access to the required online resources.

Please note the January 2022 cohort is now closed. To be notified once new dates are available, please complete our online enquiry form below.

TBC 2022 Enquire Now

As part of the booking process, once accepted, you will be registered as a UWE Bristol student and issued a UWE email and password, to enable access to the required online resources. 

As part of your application, once accepted, you will be asked to agree to a formal Learner Agreement. We are collecting data on Skills Bootcamp applicants, candidates, and participants to help the Department of Education (DfE) understand how well the courses are working and if they are achieving their outcomes. For further information about the Privacy Notice or queries about how DfE handles your personal information, please contact the Data Protection Officer at: or write to: Department for Education, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London, SWlP 3BT. 

For further information

  • Email: Please contact us using the online enquiry form link above.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81043 (option 1, then option 3)