The Higher National Certificate in Engineering (General Engineering) offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via mandatory core learning, while allowing for the acquisition of some sector-specific skills and experience through the specialist units in each pathway, with the opportunity to pursue a particular interest through the appropriate selection of optional units. This effectively builds underpinning core skills while preparing the student for more intense subject specialisation at Level 5. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace activities. Normally studied 1 year full time or 2 years part time.
1 Year Full Time, 2 Years Part Time
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This course includes the following core modules that all students complete:
- Engineering Design (15 Credits)
- Engineering Maths (15 Credits)
- Engineering Science (15 Credits)
- Automation, Robotics and PLCs* (15 Credits)
- Managing a Professional Engineering Project (15 Credits)
- Mechanical Engineering (15 Credits)
- Electrical and Electronic Principles (15 Credits)
- Production for Engineering Manufacture (15 Credits)
*Option to choose Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines (15 Credits)
Occasional changes to modules and course content may take place. Students will be notified when applicable.
Teaching and Assessment Methods
The primary way of delivering this course is on campus.
On campus teaching includes a combination of lectures, small group seminars, workshops, guest lectures and one to one discussions with your tutor.
Students studying part-time will receive 7 hours of teaching per week throughout this course full-time students 14 hours of teaching. Additional one-to-one meetings with tutors will provide further support.
You will normally be required to have achieved the BTEC National Certificate or Diploma or A Level or NVQ/VRQ level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area.
If you hold significant practical experience or craft qualifications but not the usual level 3 entry requirement, your application would also be considered, subject to an interview with an appropriate member of the teaching team.
This programme is designed for students who wish to have options to seek careers that require a multi skilled understanding of engineering. Our programme is flexibly structured and provides both a practical and academic challenge, within the framework of current industrial practices in Manufacturing and Engineering. For some students, the HNC is the qualification most appropriate to immediate needs. You could, however, progress onto the HND Engineering (General Engineering) programme
This course provides a range of skills relevant across a variety of different professions. People who have completed this course have gone on to work in areas including Manufacturing, Power industry, Design, Maintenance.
If you wish to continue studying beyond this course, it will provide you with a strong academic basis to do so. The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in engineering, which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage. The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma allows students to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study. On successful completion of the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate, students can develop their careers in the engineering sector through:
- Entering employment
- Continuing existing employment
- Linking with the appropriate Professional Bodies
- Linking with the appropriate vendor accredited certificates [if appropriate]
- Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.
We also have a range of other financial support available.
Full Time – £6000
Your Tuition fees cover most costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition and assessment.)
There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:
• Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
• Printing and photocopying
• Trips and enhancement opportunities
You may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Enquire about this course
To find out more and apply for this course, please contact us via the telephone number below.
Information for EU Students
From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).
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