Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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The BTEC Higher National in Engineering aims to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals who are able to meet the demands of employers in the rapidly evolving engineering sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications also aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

Specific units for the Electrical/ Electronic programme are as follows:-

Mandatory Core Units: Engineering Design, Engineering Maths, Engineering Science, Managing a Professional Engineering Project.

Mandatory Specialist units: Electrical & Electronic Principles

Optional Units: Automation, Robotics and PLC, Digital Principles, Electronic Circuits and Devices

Students need both good qualifications and employability skills to enhance their career prospects and personal development. The Higher National Certificate in engineering embed throughout the programme, the development of key skills, attributes and strengths required by 21st century employers.

Where employability skills are referred to, this generally means skills in three main categories:

● Cognitive and problem-solving skills: critical thinking, approaching non-routine

Problems by applying expert and creative solutions, use of systems and digital technology, generating and communicating ideas creatively.

● Intra-personal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and self-development, self-analysis and reflection, planning and prioritising.

● Interpersonal skills: effective communication and articulation of information, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation.

Students can also benefit from opportunities for deeper learning, where they are able to make connections between units and select areas of interest for detailed study. In this way, the Higher National in Engineering provides a vocational context in which students can develop the knowledge and academic study skills required for particular degree courses and progression to university, including:

● Active research skills

● Effective writing skills

● Analytical skills

● Critical thinking

● Creative problem-solving

● Decision-making

● Team building

● Digital literacy

● Practical design and build skills

● Experimental and testing techniques

● Competence in assessment methods used in higher education.

Special Features: The college has up-to-date equipment and software to complement or prepare students for work in engineering industries. Released students are encouraged to complete a work based project.

Where appropriate, the teaching is practically based.

Teaching Methods: The teaching and learning strategies used to promote these skills are developed through the programme outlined above.

Analysis and problem solving skills are developed through coursework and laboratory/workshop activities.

Practical, research and design skills are developed through coursework, assignments and laboratory/workshop activities.

Assessment Methods: The assessment of this is through the practical activities, activity write-ups, coursework/research reports and laboratory/workshop activities.

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Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.

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