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Level: 4

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 36

Hours: 9.00

Start: 13/09/2021

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 3750.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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 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 allows 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.

This programme will run with a minimum of six students. It is delivered at our Roundhouse Campus adjacent to the Derby train station and the qualification is awarded by Pearson Edexcel. 

In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will seek to mitigate risks to health by applying social distancing and other government guidelines and continuing to respond to the changing public health situation through appropriate changes to our courses, services and facilities. Where official guidance or concerns for the health of students and staff demand it, we will review our approach.

  1. We will be welcoming students next academic year. We will also do all we reasonably can to meet the needs of students whose individual circumstances mean that they cannot attend any in-person teaching.
  2. The academic year will start as normal and term dates will not be changed. You are advised to be flexible in your travel plans at this stage and more advice about arrangements for the start of term will follow in July.
  3. Teaching will be delivered by a blend of in-person and online teaching, and we will adapt our timetables, teaching methods, course content and locations for delivery of teaching to achieve this. The balance of the blend will depend on the stringency of social distancing and other regulations in force at the time. Where possible, teaching by seminars, practicals and supervisions will be delivered in person, and it may be possible for teaching to smaller groups to be given on this basis. The size of the face-to-face contact groups will be determined by the capacity of rooms allocated on the timetable, and also the activity taking place within the room. If large-scale whole-class teaching in person becomes permissible, then the DCG Engineering Academy will reintroduce it as soon as possible.
  4. Research and learning facilities: it is our aim that all students who need them for their studies and research will have sufficient and suitable access to practical facilities, libraries and other facilities, subject to the restrictions of social distancing.
  5. Minimising risk: all College buildings will be risk assessed and managed on an ongoing basis, following government guidelines and advice. This may involve managing how we all enter and leave buildings to allow for social distancing, reducing numbers of people allowed into a building or area, appropriate cleaning regimes, altered timings of events and any other measures considered appropriate to mitigate risk of exposure to Covid-19. We will promote health and infection control measures across the rooms used by the DCG Engineering Academy, and communicate and implement changes to any of these measures resulting from local lockdown requirements as required.
  6. Support: the DCG Engineering Academy will offer you pastoral support in many forms.

Entry requirements

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:

  • At least two A-levels or AS Levels including Maths and Physics
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering
  • BTEC Extended Diploma or National Diploma in Engineering

You will also need:

  • At least four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*- C) to include English and Maths

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.

Course Content

Modules include:

  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
  • Engineering Design
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Materials Testing
  • CAD for Maintenance Engineers

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

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.

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

Please Note: All fees for Higher Education courses are per year

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Lee Royal

Lee Royal

Lee owes top welding apprenticeship to Derby College guidance

Doosan Babcock welding apprentice Lee Royal always knew he’d find an apprenticeship after taking level 3 welding at Derby College.
 
 
But Lee is also certain he wouldn’t have been taken on by such a leading power engineering systems business as Doosan without the
College’s involvement. 
 
 
Lee, who is 20 and from Derby, progressed to the level 3 course after  completing level 2 Performing Engineering Operations at the Roundhouse.
 
 
He enjoyed it but was always aware he wanted to be a fabricator welder, like his dad.
 
 
While on his level 3 course  he and four other students got the opportunity through their tutor, to apply for the Doosan apprenticeship.
 
 
Lee said: “I love it. The bays are so large – there’s so much room – and our tutors can watch us weld through a screen, which is less off-putting. I’d like to work on-site when I’ve completed my apprenticeship. I think I’d prefer to work outside than in a factory and at Doosan I might get the chance to do that.
 
 
“As a fabricator like my dad, I’ll get to do everything – the welding, cutting, bending and assembling as well as joining metal parts.
 
 
“I could have got an apprenticeship without Derby College’s help  but I wouldn’t have got this one. Before this came along, I nearly took up one nearer to home, welding skips. Because of the college I’m now training for a highly skilled career not just any welding job.”
 
And engineering is definitely in the family. Lee’s younger brother, Luke is currently on the level 2 PEO course at Derby College.

“I could have got an apprenticeship without Derby College’s help  but I wouldn’t have got this one. Before this came along, I nearly took up one nearer to home, welding skips. Because of the college I’m now training for a highly skilled career not just any welding job.”

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