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HNC Operations Engineering Year 1 of 2

This is a two year part-time level 4 programme which will extend knowledge of those working in a variety of roles within the engineering sector. Students will develop their understanding of working practices throughout their studies, which may facilitate further career development opportunities.

Units delivered for this qualification are:
• Engineering Maths
• Engineering Science
• Quality and Process Improvement
• Electrical Systems and Fault Finding

• Engineering Design
• CAD for Maintenance Engineers
• Electro Pneumatic & Hydraulic Systems
• Managing a Professional Engineering Project

Entry Requirements

Typically, applicants must have one of the following;
• Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in a related subject
• 2 A Level’s at grade A to D (one of which should be subject related)

Additionally, applicants must have 3 GCSE’s at grade 4 (C) or above including English Language and maths (or equivalent).
Applicants without formal qualifications, but with evidence of substantial, relevant industrial experience will be considered.
You will also be required to attend an interview with the Course Leader.

5.5 overall (minimum of 5.5 in Reading and Writing)

What do I need to bring?

Students will be expected to attend lessons equipped with writing/notetaking material and/or a laptop or tablet if preferred. Access to college computers will be provided with specialist software where applicable.

Course specific:
Students will be recommended to join the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE) as an affiliate/student member whilst studying to gain access to library resources and information to assist their studies, and career development. There is no application or subscription fee for students studying on undergraduate programmes.

Please see ‘Additional costs for your course’ for further details on other things you may need to buy or pay for during your studies.

Assessment/Exam information

You will be provided with details of the assignment requirements for each Unit. Students will be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development, gaining formative feedback on progress towards Unit outcomes, and developing knowledge and competence in the discipline.

Summative assessment is mainly through coursework. Students will evidence their progress through written academic essays and reports, or practical activities, which will vary according to each individual Unit assessment requirements. Each Unit will carry more than one assessment task in order to meet the learning outcomes and criteria for the Unit as a whole.

There are no summative written exams for this course, however in some Units, your knowledge may be formatively assessed through in class tests.

If you are concerned about studying at this level, or are returning to studying after a break from education, have a disability or additional need, or want some advice on the support available, please see our website information on support for students

Other information

The course supports those in roles within the engineering sector such as mechanical, production, maintenance, engineering and technologies within the manufacturing and engineering sector. Those completing the course may secure employment in the Automotive, Aerospace, Design and Manufacturing, Power and Process Plant Engineering including Nuclear power. Typical roles undertaken include Design Engineers, Development and Test Engineers, and Project Engineers. Salary expectations £25K to £60K.

What can I do next?

On successful completion of the course, students may progress onto studies at level 5 or above including HND or BSc/BEng. Progression onto other courses will be subject to meeting the entry criteria of the institution.

Students may also move into higher roles or positions within their organisation, or wish to develop their career further by moving into other employment.

Qualification description

This course is part of the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF)
Awarding Body: Pearson Education Ltd.
Available as part-time study over two years
Academic Credits are awarded in recognition of the achievement of learning outcomes for each Unit of study, at a specified level as follows:
Year One Level 4 60 credits
Year Two Level 4 60 credits
120 credits are required for a HNC award.

This course is eligible for Tuition fee loans through Student Finance England, (subject to qualifying criteria for applicants). Please see our website for further details on how to pay for your course.

This course can also be paid for through sponsorship by your employer. Please discuss this at Interview.

Course information & how to apply

Length Start Date End Date Course Fees Course Code
34 weeks per year 09 Sep 2019 21 May 2021 Tuition fee: £2,975.00
16-18 do not pay Tuition, Exams or Materials Fees
Course Fees apply to each year of the course, with the exception of Level 3 courses.
UCAS/UKPASS Code: Not Applicable
Study type: Part Time
Times: 08:00 - 18:00
Hours per week: 7.00
Study days: THU

Any extra costs

Please see ‘Additional costs for your course’ for further details on other things you may need to buy or pay for during your studies.

Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the college.

How to apply

Application should be made directly to the College.
For further information, and to make an application please contact
Or Tel 01793 498106