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 enables you to study modules and topics that are relevant to a range of careers. This broad focus enables you to develop your professional experience with a strong grasp of the underpinning principles that support a successful career in engineering.
The programme is offered on a full-time basis and will prepare you for employment or study at the next level. You will study a minimum of 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 two days 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.
Delivered at our Roundhouse Campus adjacent to the Derby train station, the programme is regulated by OfS 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.
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.
To be awarded the Higher National Certificate, students must complete the following four mandatory modules:
They must also complete a minimum of four optional modules. Examples are shown below:
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 either a Higher National Diploma 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.
Leaving home to take up an apprenticeship with a leading power engineering company is working out well for former Derby College level 3 welding student Effy Barabu.
Effy, who is 18 and from Derby, is now a welding apprentice at Doosan Babcock alongside four of his former fellow level 3 students from the College’s Ilkeston site.
He said: “To be taken on as an apprentice, we had to go to Doosan’s welding school in Tipton for trade tests. It was quite stressful – I was up at 5 o’clock in the morning to get there for 8am. All five of us passed and we’re now on an apprenticeship scheme with Doosan. It’s great. We’re training to be high integrity welders. It’s a skilled job and pays very well.”
His apprenticeship means having to live away from home – but Effy doesn’t mind – the new opportunity has broadened his horizons.
And all five former Ilkeston students were already good friends before they were accepted onto Doosan’s scheme so they’re happy to train and spend time together.
Effy added: “After my apprenticeship, I don’t mind where I go to work. I used to think I wanted to stay near home but that’s changed now. I’d happily go to London or Scotland – or even abroad. I’d tell people on my old course that you have to work hard and be prepared to make sacrifices, like staying away from home. But I’d say it’s all worth it. It’s all good. I’d definitely recommend taking an engineering course at Derby College – 100%!”
After my apprenticeship, I don’t mind where I go to work. I used to think I wanted to stay near home but that’s changed now. I’d happily go to London or Scotland – or even abroad. I’d tell people on my old course that you have to work hard and be prepared to make sacrifices, like staying away from home. But I’d say it’s all worth it. It’s all good. I’d definitely recommend taking an engineering course at Derby College – 100%!