Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
September 2020 delivery
It is anticipated that delivery for this course in September will be through a blended approach consisting of some face to face delivery and some online delivery. We will continue to be guided by the Department of Education and Pearson guidelines. Our class sizes are typically small which is beneficial in adhering to social distancing measures and keeping our students and staff safe. We aim to move to full face-to-face delivery as soon as Government guidelines allow us to do so safely.
Introductory course information
Award: Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate 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: 2 years (part-time)
Academic year dates: Full-time course: N/A,
Part-time course: September 2020 - June 2022
Days of the week: You will be expected to attend one full day per week
Part-time study: Studying part-time means you will study the programme over two years instead of one. This means that you will attend for one full day a week only (Usually this will be on Wednesdays for the 1st Year and Tuesdays for the 2nd Year).
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 4, 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 this programme runs for one FULL day per week as stated above. Generally, this means that classes are timetabled from 09:00 to 18:00 with a lunch break.
As the HNC demands significant analytical skills, all applicants will be required to have a formal interview and complete a diagnostic test to confirm that their Maths base is sufficient to be developed to Level 4.
Additionally all students must have Maths and English at GCSE grade C/4 (or Level 2 equivalent).
References from an official email address (ie. NOT Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) This can be from your previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working.
Suitable applicants will be invited to interview, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course by taking a diagnostic test.
Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience:
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at level 5 or level 6. For further information please visit our Credit Transfer page [link]. Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit. Further information is available at our Accreditation of Prior Learning page
- Engineering Maths (Core, 15 credits): The mathematics that is delivered in this unit is that which is directly applicable to the engineering industry, and it will help to increase students’ knowledge of the broad underlying principles within this discipline.
- Engineering Science (Core, 15 credits): This unit introduces students to the fundamental laws and applications of the physical sciences within engineering and how to apply this knowledge to find solutions to a variety of engineering problems.
- Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines (15 credits).
This unit introduces students to the principles and concepts of thermodynamics and its application in modern engineering. Students will investigate fundamental thermodynamic systems and their properties, apply the steady flow energy equation to plant equipment, examine the principles of heat transfer to industrial applications, and determine the performance of internal combustion engines.
- Quality and Process Improvement (15 credits):This unit introduces students to the importance of quality assurance processes in a manufacturing or service environment and the principles and theories that underpin them.
- Materials, Properties and Testing (15 credits): This unit introduces students to the atomic structure of materials and the way it affects the properties, physical nature and performance characteristics of common manufacturing materials; how these properties are tested, and modified by various processing treatments; and problems that occur which can cause materials to fail in service.
- Mechanical Principles (15 credits): This unit is to introduce students to the essential mechanical principles associated with engineering applications. Topics include, behavioural characteristics of static, dynamic and oscillating engineering systems, conservation of energy and transfer of energy by considering parameters of mechanical power transmission systems.
- Engineering Design (Core, 15 credits): The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the methodical steps that engineers use in creating functional products and processes; from a design brief to the work, and the stages involved in identifying and justifying a solution to a given engineering need.
- Managing a Professional Engineering Project (Core, 15 credits): This unit introduces students to the techniques and best practices required to successfully create and manage an engineering project designed to identify a solution to an engineering need. While carrying out this project students will consider the role and function of engineering in our society, the professional duties and responsibilities expected of engineers together with the behaviours that accompany their actions.
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. While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.
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 2020-21 the tuition fees for this course are:
- UK/EU students: £3,950
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
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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