HNC in Mechanical Engineering – 2 years
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.
Course Information for Students
Who is this course for?
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Support: the DCG Engineering Academy will offer you pastoral support in many forms.
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.
What will you learn?
- Engineering Maths
- Engineering Science
- Managing a Professional Engineering Project
- Engineering Design
- Fundamentals of Thermodynamics
- Mechanical Principles
- Production Engineering
- Quality Principles
How will you learn?
This course will be delivered on-site.
What will you need to bring with you?
How will you 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.
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.
Who do you contact for more information?
For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Course Information Last Updated On: September 28, 2023 10:33 am