Mechanical Engineering - HNC
Course Code: ET1HE576
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The Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNC in Mechanical Engineering provides you with a specialist work-related programme of study which covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the mechanical engineering sector, and also offers you the opportunity to engage in particular specialisms through the choice of specialist modules.
Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNCs provide a nationally recognised qualification offering you career progression and professional development for those of you already in employment; and opportunities to progress further in higher education. This HNC in Mechanical Engineering programme works in close partnership with local and regional employers.
The programme is recognised by The Engineering Council Engineering Technician Standard (EngTech) (Engineering Technican member of The Engineering Council) and The Institute of Engineering Technology (TMIET) (Technician Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology). These are designatory letters you may use after graduating from this programme, subject to joining both professional bodies.
The usual entry requirements for this course are a minimum of 80 UCAS points (excluding functional skills) obtained from level 3 qualifications such as the Extended/90 Credit Diploma in Engineering or AS/A2 A-levels in Maths and Science.
However, relevant work/voluntary skills or knowledge could count instead of the above qualifications; we will consider each application on an individual basis.
Modules and Assessment
Teaching and Learning Methods
The HNC in Mechanical Engineering programme combines theoretical and practical elements which are delivered in a number of different ways. Lectures are the most common technique used, which will offer you the opportunity to engage with other students in your group, and is where the focus is on sharing knowledge through the use of presentations, calculations and case studies.
Another delivery technique which will be used in a number of modules is practical demonstrations, where both production and testing equipment will be demonstrated by the tutor who will be a qualified operator.
Tutorials will present you with an opportunity for focused one to one support, where teaching is led by an individual’s requirements. These are sometimes most effective in the run up to assessment, where tutors can provide you with more focused direction, perhaps based on a formative assessment.
Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is an invaluable aid to your studies, acting not only as a repository for taught material but also for the setting of formative assessment such as quizzes. Further reading and research support will also be provided on Moodle VLE, along with a copy of your programme documents, such as the programme handbook and assessment timetable.
As the majority of students on your HNC in Mechanical programme will be employed in the industry, there will be an opportunity to integrate work based learning into the programme. This will add realism, and will give you the opportunity to link theory to practice in a way in which case studies cannot. For example, in the Managing an Engineering Project module, the project brief may be based on a workplace requirement, which will require work based application of knowledge thereby bringing theory to life through the curriculum.
Work Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
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