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.
All units included within this programme have been selected on the basis of meeting a broad range of local industry needs.
– 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)
– Industry 4.0 (15 Credits)
*Option to choose Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines (15 Credits)
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time
Full-time: two days per week over the academic year
A variety of forms of coursework assessment are employed on the programme. These include written descriptive and numerical assignments, short tests, laboratory and workshop appraisals, personal projects, group work, self- and peer-assessment, portfolio preparation and case studies.
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 or Programme Leader.
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.