HNC or L4 in Engineering
Maximum class sizes are made up of 16 students and you will be taught through a combination of:
- Classroom teaching
- Workshop activity
- Library/Learning Resource Centre work
- Drop-in sessions
- Directed work with other students
- Directed private study
- Directed study in the Learning Resource Centre
Assessment methods could include written assignments, coursework, practical assessment or a combination of all 3, which will be subject dependent.
At Level 5, you will typically have around 14 contact hours per week, consisting of:
- 11 hour of lectures
- 1 hour of seminars
- 1 hour of practical sessions
- 1 hour of one to one meetings
When not attending lectures, seminars and practical sessions or other timetabled session you would 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 consists of 14 class contact hours, around 21 hours’ independent learning and assignment activity, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours.
The following information gives you an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course:
Level 5 - 30% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity.
- Teaching, learning and assessment - 14 hours
- Independent learning - 21 hours
Academic support -
Our HE Academic Support Tutor provides help in the following areas:
- Study skills (including reading, writing, note-taking and presentation skills)
- Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
- Academic writing (including how to reference)
- Research skills (in conjunction with the learning centres)
- 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, professional practitioners with relevant industry experience.
Our teaching covers updated relevant practice and procedures within the sector. All of our lecturers have a teaching qualification.
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 where possible contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor.
There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module.
Assessment methods can include practical assessment, written exams or in the form of a formal assessments/ assignments.
The grades from formal assessment count towards your overall unit grade. Percentage of the course assessed by coursework: The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:
- 100% coursework
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 21 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).
The course is designed for those already working in a relevant engineering role. And the ones who wish to progress from L4 HNC
You will attend college for 12 hours perweek and work from home for approximately 8-12 hours per week.
Tuesday 9:00 am to 8:45pm
Thursday 6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering offers students seven pathways, designed to support progression into relevant occupational areas or onto degree-level study. These pathways are linked to Professional Body standards (where appropriate) and can provide progression towards professional status or entry to the later stages of an appropriate degree.
Holders of the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. Through this they will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field, and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.
The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma offers pathway for students who wish to concentrate on a particular aspect of engineering: General.
At Level 5 students continue to build on the essential skills, knowledge and techniques necessary for all engineers whilst working through a larger number of subject-specific specialist and optional units.
The two mandatory core units at Level 5 are:
Unit 34: Research Project
Unit 35: Professional Engineering Management*. *(Unit 35: Professional Engineering Management is also the Pearson-set assignment unit).
For the General Engineering pathway, students take the two mandatory core units, two specialist units and an additional three optional units.
2 Core units (Mandatory) Year 2:
- Research Project (L5)
- Professional Engineering Management (Pearson Set) (L5)
2 Specialist units Year 2:
- Further Mathematics (L5)
- Lean Manufacturing (L5)
· 3 additional units to complete at (L5)
Optional units are not listed herean may be changed. This would be to suit individual cohorts of students needing specific units after discussion with the curriculum team and representative employers.
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