Engineering - Higher National Certificate

BTEC HNC Diploma’s are QCF Level 4 qualifications designed to provide highly specialist work-related skills needed in Engineering. The BTEC Higher Nationals in Engineering have been developed to focus on the education and training of engineers/technicians who are employed at a professional level in a variety of types of technical work, such as in systems design, manufacture, maintenance and technical services areas of the mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering industries. The qualification also allows progression to HND and Degree level programmes.

To achieve the award a PASS in subjects to a total accumulation of at least 120 Credit points must be obtained.

The offer of either running the General or Electrical Electronic Engineering programme is subject to consultation and the needs of the majority of enrolled students.

The subjects listed below is an indication of subjects that would be offered and is subject to change with the exception of the mandatory units highlighted*

The HNC in General/E&E Engineering Course:-
*Analytical Methods for Engineers
*Engineering Science
*Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
Electrical & Electronic Principles
Utilisation of Electrical Energy
Combinational & Sequential Logic
Mechatronic Systems
Programmable Logic Controllers
Further Analytical Methods for Engineers

Aims of programme

The aims of the programme are:
• To develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and thereby enable you to make an immediate contribution to employment at the appropriate professional level
• To provide preparation for a range of technical and management careers in mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering
• To equip you with knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in the mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering-based industry
• To provide specialist studies relevant to individual vocations and professions in which you are working or intend to seek employment in mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering and its related industries
• To enable progression to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering or related area

Programme contents

The BTEC HNC Diploma in General Engineering is a QCF Level 4 qualification designed to provide highly specialist work-related skills needed in Engineering. The BTEC Higher National in Engineering has been developed to focus on the education and training of engineers/technicians who are employed at a professional level in a variety of types of technical work. such as in systems design, manufacture, maintenance and technical services areas of the mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering industries.

Awarding body

Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements (students <21 years old):
• Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Engineering
Desirable requirements (students <21 years old):
• Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering
Mature student requirements (students >21 years old):
• Entry qualifications waived for certain students having relevant industrial experience.

All students must bring a reference from their employer to interview.

Progression / Careers

Career opportunities in such areas as systems design, manufacture, maintenance and technical services areas of the mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering industries.

Fees

£2,700.00 per year

Modes of assessment

The programme provides a balance of both theoretical and practical activities complemented with computer-based exercises using the latest industry standard software packages. Assessment is continuous conducted in both formal (test) and informal modes.

Additional information

Additional information
Student Testimonials
"As a previous level 3 student at NWK College, the progression to level 4 was very natural". "Since my employer has very strong links to NWK and having attended a centre who have provided numerous engineering students in the past, this centre was the obvious choice to make". (Jack Wall)

Year 1:
• Analytical Methods for Engineers (15 credits) (mandatory)
• Engineering Science (15 credits) (mandatory)
• Electrical & Electronic Principles (15 credits)*
• Combinational & Sequential Logic(15 credits)*

Year 2:
• Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation (20 credits) (mandatory)
• Mechatronic Systems (15 credits)*
• Applications of Power Electronics (15 credits)*
• Further Analytical Methods for Engineers (15 credits)*

* The units shown for both year 1 and year 2 are examples drawn from a bank of units available for the programme. Since the students participating on the course are likely to come from a number of different engineering trades, the actual unit combination chosen will meet the needs of the majority of students enrolled on the course. Therefore, the unit selection is subject to change with the exception of the three mandatory units.