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.
Full-time: two days per week over the academic year.
Part-time: one day per week or two evenings.
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 at UCNL.
UCAS Course Code: 008H
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)
Throughout the programme, students will be using a high level of maths within the curriculum. It is vital that all students taking a Pearson BTEC Higher National in Engineering are aware that these skills will be required throughout their studies, and as part of learning activities and assessments to ensure their skills are in line with current industry standards.
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. 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)