Introductory course information
Award: Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
UCAS Code: Not applicable
Location of study: Kingston Hall Road
Awarding body: Students who complete the course successfully will receive a higher national qualification from Pearson.
Course duration: 1 year (part-time)
Academic year dates: Part-time course: September 2018 - June 2019
Days of the week: One day a week, this has usually been on a Monday.
Part-time study: Please note that part-time study does not necessarily mean that the modules you take in Year 1 will equate to 2.5 full days' attendance. As part-time study could mean attendance of some modules that are on the full-time timetable, it may mean that you will be required to attend modules timetabled over five days of the week. This has previously been only on a Monday.
Work placements: Many of our students come from a range of companies with whom the College has well-established links. Suitable for both apprentices and general students, this course provides development to Level 5, which many companies require for their apprenticeship schemes and general staff training. Please note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from work and the College, and for any accommodation costs.
Timetables: Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.
- Further Maths (Core, 15 credits): On successful completion of this unit students will be able to use applications of number theory in practical engineering situations, solve systems of linear equations relevant to engineering applications using matrix methods, approximate solutions of contextualised examples with graphical and numerical methods, and review models of engineering systems using ordinary differential equations.
- Professional Engineering Management (Core, 15 credits): Among the topics included in this unit are: engineering strategy and services delivery planning, the role of sustainability, Total Quality Management (TQM), engineering management tools, managing people and becoming a professional engineer.
- Research Project (Core, 15 credits): Completing a piece of research integrates knowledge with different skills and abilities that may not have been assessed previously, which may include seeking out and reviewing original research papers, designing experimental work, solving problems as they arise, managing time, finding new ways of analysing and presenting data, and writing an extensive report.
- Advanced Mechanical Principles (15 credits): On successful completion of this unit students will be able to have more advanced knowledge of mechanical principles to determine the behavioural characteristics of materials subjected to complex loading; assess the strength of loaded beams and pressurised vessels; determine specifications of power transmission system elements; and examine operational constraints of dynamic rotating systems.
- Virtual Engineering (15 credits): This unit introduces students to the application of relevant Computer Aided Design (CAD) and analysis engineering tools in contemporary engineering. They will learn about standards, regulations and legal compliance within the context of engineering.
Teaching and learning
You are taught through a combination of lectures and practicals. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will use industry-standard equipment and have access to labs and library facilities throughout your course.
When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the Undergraduate Centre, and our computer laboratories.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours. Your actual contact hours will depend on the modules you select.
Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:
- study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
- written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
- academic writing (including how to reference)
- research skills (in conjunction with the library)
- critical thinking and understanding arguments
- revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).
Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Visit their pages for more information.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.
Course costs and financial support
Fees: For the academic year 2018-19 the tuition fees for this course are:
- UK/EU students: £3,400
Inflation linked tuition fee rises: The College may decide to increase tuition fees year on year at a reasonable rate in line with inflation. Any increases would not exceed the Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecast for RPI-‐X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). This intention will be clearly advertised on the College’s promotional material.
The following course-related costs are included in the fees:
- annual printing allowance
- BTEC registration fee (if applicable – ask if unsure)
The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:
- additional printing over and above the annual allowance
- the cost of books and equipment that you might wish to purchase.
Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees: This information can be obtained from our Accommodation page.
Sources of financial support: You may be eligible to apply for additional support. Details can be obtained from our Money to Study page.
Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides a number of scholarships and prizes for undergraduate students, for which you may be eligible to apply. Some of these are available to students on any course, and some have specific conditions. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support, along with their value and application deadlines, at our Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes page.
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