The world of engineering is dynamic, fast-paced, technically challenging and exciting. This ever-changing environment offers stimulating and rewarding careers in a range of sectors.
The Higher National Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering is a two-year part-time course which enables you to study modules and topics that are relevant to a range of careers. This broad focus enables you to complement your professional experience with a strong grasp of the underpinning principles that support a successful career in engineering.
The programme is offered on a day-release basis which allows you to combine your existing professional role with your studies. You will study eight modules which will cover a broad range of engineering subjects and will be delivered by lecturers with the relevant industry and academic experience. The assignments are linked to modern industrial engineering technology and will enable you to make a positive impact within your current organisation.
As well as nine hours spent in College, it is expected that the student will equal this time working outside the College on assessments, research, revision and other learning activities.
All engineering companies demand well qualified, versatile and adaptable staff with high-level skills and knowledge. This course also opens up potential opportunities for further study, including progression to a Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree or Honours Degree in subsequent years.
The course is delivered at our Roundhouse Campus adjacent to the Derby train station, and the qualification is awarded by Pearson Edexcel.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues.
You should have one of the following:
You will also need:
You will be interviewed to ensure the course is suitable for you.
We also welcome applicants who lack institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course.
Your knowledge and understanding for all modules will be assessed through a variety of methods. These will include written work such as assignments and presentations.
All assignment activity will support you in developing skills in academic writing, verbal presentations, team work and analysis. The College offers a comprehensive development programme as part of your studies to support your progression in these areas.
The level of independent research and critical thinking completed on this course, as well as the assessment methodology, helps to prepare students for further study at Level 5 or degree level.
As a vocational qualification, the HNC also provides students with a range of skills and knowledge that can be readily applied in the workplace and may lead to opportunities for career progression.
Derby College Group engineering apprentice Luby Sisson is happy to be part of the maintenance team at Ashbourne-based Moy Park.
Luby from Swanwick, started work at the food company on her 19th birthday in November and is loving every aspect of the job.
Inspired by her grandad, also an engineer, Luby has been interested in pursuing an engineering career since childhood.
She studied the basics at school before going on to gain level 3 qualifications in electrical and mechanical principles.
She said: “When I was a child, I’d take my toys apart just so that I could put them back together again. There are photos of me when I was little with my grandad’s toolbox and all the tools spread out around me!”
But, despite her obvious interest in the sector and holding the right qualifications, Luby initially struggled to get an engineering apprenticeship.
She said: “I’d heard that companies were keen to take on women engineers, but I found that being female appeared to go against me with some employers. It’s not like that at Moy Park.”
Luby’s job involves making sure machines on Moy Park’s huge site are well maintained and in good working order.
She added: “There’s such a lot to learn on my apprenticeship. I’m being trained on site as well as going into the Roundhouse one day a week to study for my level 3 in mechatronics. My managers at Moy Park and Derby College have been incredibly supportive; I know I can contact my lecturers whenever I need to.
“Engineering offers so many different career paths and I would like to see other girls get into engineering too.”
There’s such a lot to learn on my apprenticeship. I’m being trained on site as well as going into the Roundhouse one day a week to study for my level 3 in mechatronics. My managers at Moy Park and Derby College have been incredibly supportive; I know I can contact my lecturers whenever I need to.