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This course provides technical knowledge and higher level skills in team leading, report writing, project management and presentation skills. It reflects the changing needs of the engineering industry.

Course details

The course can be delivered flexibly according to an individual's circumstance — classroom-based, distance learning or a combination of both. This will need to be discussed with the programme team at interview. Students must undertake a total of eight units to achieve a HNC in Manufacturing Engineering, consisting of six mandatory core units and two optional units. A list of these can be found below: Core: Engineering Design Engineering Maths Engineering Science Managing a Professional Engineering Project Production Engineering for Manufacture (Specialist Unit) Quality and Process Improvement (Specialist Unit) General Optional Unit Bank (Level 4): Renewable Energy; Mechatronics; Machining and Processing of Engineering Materials; Mechanical Principles; Materials, Properties and Testing; Mechanical Workshop Practices; Fluid Mechanics; Engineering Management; Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines; Production Engineering for Manufacture; Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs); Instrumentation and Control Systems; Quality and Process Improvement; Maintenance Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Principles; Digital Principles; Electrical Machines; Electronic Circuits and Devices; Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM); Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems; Operations and Plant Management; Electrical Systems and Fault Finding; CAD for Maintenance Engineers. *Optional Unit also available as a specialist unit. If applicable, the College can deliver optional units, flexibly, according to the needs or choice of your employer. Detailed descriptions of all units, which also include recommended resources for that unit, can be found via Pearson's website.

Entry guidelines

Entry to the course is entirely at the discretion of the programme team. The entry profile to the course is likely to include the following: A to C/9 - 4 grade in GCSE Maths — strongly recommended. A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A to C/9 - 4 (or equivalent) Other related Level 3 qualifications An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution Related work experience An international equivalent of the above. Applicants may be subject to an assessment at interview to determine suitability to the course. IT skills would be advantageous for the course, but are not a required part of the entry criteria. Independent study is an integral component and would require students to be self motivated and committed to the course. If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Assessment Method

For each unit, students will be assessed through class-based assignments that may include a coursework element, depending on the module. Further information on meeting passing criteria can be found via Pearson's website.

Additional Information

For timetabled sessions, students will be based at the College's Twelve Quays Campus. The College's term dates are available on its website. However, these may differ according to the programme's assessment calendar. Assessment calendars and timetables of study are typically available in respective course handbooks, accessible through the College Virtual Campus following enrolment. This course has a maximum class size of 12. In classroom-based sessions for core units (and some optional), you may be taught alongside students from different engineering disciplines. The estimated 'Total Qualification Time' to achieve a complete HNC is 1200 hours, this includes guided Learning; independent and unsupervised research/learning; unsupervised compilation of a portfolio of work experience; unsupervised e-learning; unsupervised e-assessment; unsupervised coursework; watching a pre-recorded podcast or webinar; unsupervised work-based learning. The ratio of which is at the discretion of your tutor and (if applicable) employer. Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are designated Higher Education qualifications in the UK. They are aligned to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Subject Sector Benchmarks. These qualifications are part of the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Where can I progress to?

Employment in all areas of industry in engineering related jobs at both technical and first line and middle management level. Successful completion of HNC would give advanced standing of the first year of most engineering degrees.

When does this course run?

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).