Higher Education

Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 year Level 4 Part-Time - Day Ashington Main Campus University Level Qualification Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

The Level 4 HNC Engineering for England offers students a broad introduction to the subject, while allowing for the acquisition of some sector-specific skills and experience through the specialist units. This effectively builds core skills while preparing the student for more intense subject specialisation at Level 5.

The programme leader will review your profile of qualifications and/or experience held and consider whether this profile shows an ability to progress to a Level 4 qualification.

If you have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

- A Level 3 Diploma in Engineering or Operations and Maintenance Engineering
- A relevant A Level programme
- Related work experience

If you are a mature learner you may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in your work sector.

Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

Teaching -

You will be taught through a combination of:
- Classroom teaching
- Craft workshop activity
- Library/Learning Resource Centre work – drop-in
- Directed work with other students
- Directed private study
- Directed study in the Learning Resource Centre

At Level 4, you will have around 12 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:
- 9 hours of lectures
- 1 hour of seminars
- 1 hours of practical sessions
- 1 hour of one to one meetings

Subject to change in line with unit/learning outcome requirement.

Classes would generally contain a maximum of 16 students.

Independent Learning -

When not attending lectures, seminars and practical sessions or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research, preparing coursework assignment and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities, including the Learning Resource Centre and the college VLE.

Overall Workload -

Your overall workload consist of 12 class contact hours and around 4 hours of independent learning and assignment activity per week, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours.

Academic support -

Our Higher Education Academic Support Tutor provides help in the following areas:
- Study skills (including reading, writing, note taking and presentation skills)
- Written English (including punctuation and grammar)
- Academic writing (including how to reference)
- Research skills (in conjunction with the Learning Resource Centre)
- Critical thinking and understanding arguments
- Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

Teaching staff -

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team, whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior lecturers and professional practitioners with industry experience.

Our teaching is informed by the relevant practice within the sector and 100% of our lecturers have a teaching qualification.

Assessment -

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or formative assessment for which you will receive feedback from your tutor.

There is a formal or summative assessment at the end of each unit.

Assessment methods can include practical assessment, written exams or formal assessments/assignments or presentations. The grades from formal assessment count towards your overall unit grade.

Assessment methods could include written assignments, coursework, practical assessment or combination.

Feedback -

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request form the module tutor. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 10 working days of hand-in (practice assessments) and 15 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

4 or above in English & Math

12 hours per week, split over two days.

Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace activities.

At Level 4, students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the engineering sector through four core units for each pathway, including one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The core units are:

- Engineering Design
- Engineering Maths
- Managing a Professional Engineering Project*
- Mechatronics
- Mechanical Principles
- Production Engineering for Manufacture
- Quality & Process Improvement
- Digital Principles

*Pearson-set assignment unit

Graduates successfully completing the Higher National Certificate will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts of engineering. They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will have the qualities of personal responsibility needed for employment. They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent working with growing fault finding and problem-solving strategies, and organisational awareness.

They will also be adaptable and flexible in their approach to work, showing resilience under pressure and the ability to meet challenging targets within a reasonable, pre-set timeframe. They will demonstrate a regard for the ethical responsibilities of the engineer, cost and for the importance of protecting and sustaining the environment.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits to complete the course.

Our teaching is informed by current practice adhered to in a variety of engineering sectors. Some modules may change periodically to reflect developments in the sector and dependent upon group requirements.

The modules available on the course are as follows:

- Engineering Design
- Engineering Maths
- Managing a Professional Engineering Project
- Mechatronics
- Mechanical Principles
- Production Engineering for Manufacture
- Quality & process Improvement
- Digital Principles

Pearson BTEC

What’s next?

On completion of this course, you could progrerss onto a Level 5 HND course or go on to work in the engineering industry.

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