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Higher Nationals in Engineering

Overview
Engineering is a very specialist subject area which encompasses many professions and industries aside from engineering itself. The broad nature of the subject matter allows for both generic units of study alongside specialist components and the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals 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, aeronautical, electronic and electrical engineering industries. These qualifications focus on the development of the higher level skills in a technological and management context and develop a range of skills, techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life. The Higher National qualifications provide an opportunity for you if you are an engineer/technician to achieve a nationally recognised Level 4 or Level 5 vocationally specific qualification. They also provide an opportunity for you if you are currently in full-time learning to enable you to progress to higher education to enable you to enter employment as an engineer/technician.

Macclesfield College offers the following pathways for HNC and HND in Engineering:
• General Engineering
• Electrical and Electronic Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Manufacturing Engineering

Entry Requirements
For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

• A* to C grade in GCSE Maths – strongly recommended.
• A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering with at least one Merit in the final grade profile
• A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent)
• Other related Level 3 qualifications
• A minimum of two A Levels with one in a related subject at Grade C or above
• Access to HE with relevant options
• Extensive relevant work experience - mature learners who have extensive work experience and/or professional qualifications in a related industry are welcome to apply

If you do not hold GCSE maths and English at Grade C (Grade 4-5) or above then it is strongly recommended that you study these before starting on a Higher National programme, both to support your study and to allow you to progress to higher education.
On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.

Content
To gain HNC qualification you will study number of core, specilist and optional units relevant to your chosen pathway which will develop your skills and knowledge in the specialist engineering subjects.
Core units for all HNC pathways:
• Engineering Design
• Engineering Maths
• Engineering Science
• Managing Professional Engineering Project (Pearson Set)

To gain HND qualification you will study number of core, specilist and optional units relevant to your chosen pathway which will develop your skills and knowledge in the specialist engineering subjects.
Core units for all HND Pathways:
• Research Project
• Professional Engineering Management (Pearson-set)

Assessment
The Higher National units are assessed internally. You will be graded for each individual unit with a Pass, Merit or Distinction. You may be assessed in a number of different ways, such as presentations, written reports, log books and practical tasks.

Awarding Body
Pearson BTEC

Duration
The HNC can be studied as a full time course over one academic year or part time course over two academic years. The HND can be studied as a full time course over two academic years or part time course over three academic years. You will be expected to attend taught sessions at Macclesfield College for a minimum of 12 hours over two days each week with additional work placements.

Follow up courses/Progression
On successful completion of this course you can continue with employment or use the HNC or HND as entry to apply for other Higher Education qualifications. You can apply to university to complete a degree in a related subject; entry to the degree may be at Year 2 or Year 3 dependent upon the university and degree programme. This qualification can also be used to support a job application within engineering or a related profession.


Course information code: ENG-03-17  

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