HNC/HNC in General Engineering

Course information

HNC/HNC in General Engineering – Course Information

Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in General Engineering (QCF) 500/8827/0

Part time two year course (1 day per week)

Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in General engineering 500/8825/7

One year part time course (one day per week) if Recognition of Prior Learning can be achieved; or three-year programme (one day per week).

Admission criteria

Admission to level 4 (HNC) would normally be on the basis of the applicant possessing a minimum of 120 UCAS points (excluding functional skills) or equivalent in an appropriate discipline, including sufficient maths based content, for example:

• Appropriate Engineering based L3 Diploma (M, P)

• L3 Extended Diploma (P, P, P)

• Appropriate A Levels (Grade C or above).

Admission onto the HND course would normally be on the basis of achieving the required credits from a HNC engineering programme.

Seta welcomes applications from those with substantial relevant work experience in an engineering discipline in lieu of the minimum entry requirements.

Progression

Students who complete the Level 4 HNC/HND in General Engineering can progress onto an Engineering BEng (Hons) Degree.

Alternative progression is onto either a Level 4 or Level 5 Foundation Degree or to the first or second year of a BEng (Hons) degree programme, depending on the match of the units from the Engineering HNC/HND Programme.

Programme aims

The HNC/HND in General Engineering course provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge and competencies required in the mechanical/electrical engineering sector.

The overall aims of the programmes are to:

• Develop the education and training of multi skilled engineers / technicians to a professional level in a variety of types of technical work including design, manufacture, maintenance and technical service areas of the engineering industry.

• Provide opportunities for engineers / technicians to achieve a nationally recognised level five vocational qualification.

• Develop higher level skills in a technological management context.

• Provide opportunities for students to develop and apply a range of skills techniques and attributes essential for effective performance at work with increased autonomy.

• Produce Higher National graduates with the requisite skills, knowledge, understanding and personal attributes necessary to contribute effectively to their chosen profession and to manage their own continuous professional development.

• Provide the opportunity for progression to a level 6 qualification.

• Provide a programme that fulfils the educational requirements, at the IEng level, of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

All Higher Education programmes delivered at Seta consist of modules. More detailed information on module content is available in the BTEC qualification manual for HNC/HND in General Engineering

Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in General Engineering (QCF) 500/8827/0

Unit number

Level

Unit title

Year of delivery

1

4

Analytical methods for engineers

1

2

4

Engineering science

2

3

5

Project design implementation and evaluation

2

4

5

Mechanical principles

2

5

5

Electrical and electronic principles

1

24

4

Applications of pneumatics and hydraulics

1

65

4

Utilisation of electrical energy

1

22

4

Programmable logic controllers

2

63

4

Electrical power

2

8

5

Engineering design

1

Those units highlighted in blue are additional optional units that can be used to add credits the qualification which will transfer to the HND program.

Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in General engineering 500/8825/7

The HND course will consist of the above units (if taken as standalone) with the additional units given below.

 Unit number

Level

Unit title

Year of delivery

39

5

Electronic principles

3

62

5

Strength of materials

3

66

5

Electronic/electrical and digital principles

3

67

5

Further electrical principles

3

28

5

Research project

3

76

5

Managing work of individuals and teams

3

Teaching

You will learn in a variety of ways which supports specialist vocational skill development and knowledge, some of which is practical and some theoretical in nature.

Lectures and presentations will be used to provide structured and research informed content; you will use these lectures and presentations as the basis for assignment work development, enquiry and active learning experiences.

Problem identification and solving is a key skill required in the engineering discipline and our blend of interactive, individualised and group learning opportunities provides you with ample opportunities to develop as a mechanical engineer.

In the core maths module (Analytical Methods for Engineers) you will be encouraged to learn key principles, perform calculations and integrate this into real world situations and applications. This is an important aspect of this HNC programme and the development of confidence in mathematical related skills and knowledge is a central element of this engineering programme.

In the Engineering Science module, you will be introduced to both mechanical and electrical principles through lecture input which is based on real world industry examples. You will have the opportunity to work in groups and individually to measure, collect data, determine formulae, predict and evaluate engineering problems. In the early stages of the HNC it is important to ensure that these fundamental mathematical and scientific principles are developed and you feel confident to progress in your chosen engineering field of study.

The specialist modules are taught using a variety of teaching and learning methods including group, pair and individual work to develop knowledge and support further research and enquiry. You will be encouraged to develop essential engineering and scientific principles to produce routine solutions to familiar mechanical/electrical engineering problems. You will engage in mechanical/electrical engineering projects and assignments which are technical in nature and require technical investigations with a professional/academic write up.

Collaborative learning is a key feature of the HNC/HND in General Engineering and you will develop group working, communication, self-management and organisational skills. Collaboration is a key feature of working in the engineering disciplines and you will be encouraged to co-operate in solving problems, managing your assignment work and supporting each other to achieve.

Our teaching and learning approach develops individual’s confidence and we use 1:1 tutorials to enable you to discuss your progress with your personal tutor and set appropriate targets.

Assessment

You will be assessed on the programme through coursework assignments weighted at 100%. Modules are delivered and assessed, usually by between three and four assignments per module which progressively evidence your achievement against the learning outcomes. Assignments can be a mix of calculations, practical exercises with write ups, essays, technical drawings, sketches, graphs and circuit diagrams. All assignments are distributed with clearly defined learning outcomes and assessment criteria at pass, merit and distinction level.

In addition to these formal coursework assignments, you will be assessed informally throughout the programme enabling you to receive feedback on your progress. Before coursework assignments are due, drafts and initial ideas will receive informal feedback to enable you to achieve your potential.

To apply or for more information contact Seta on 0191 416 2860 or email enquiries@seta.co.uk