Construction and the Built Environment (Building Services Electrical) — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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Course information

The purpose of the BTEC Higher National Certificate in Engineering is 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

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 practical activities,
activity write-ups, coursework/research reports and project reports and

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HNC Construction and the Built Environment (Building Services - Electrical) Programme Handbook (19-20)


kills and Knowledge Developed:

Students need both good qualifications and employability skills to enhance their career prospects and personal development. This course embeds the development of key skills throughout the programme, attributes and strengths required by twenty-first 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.
• Intrapersonal skills: self-management; adaptability and resilience; self-monitoring and self-development; self-analysis and reflection; planning and prioritising.
HNC Construction and the Built Environment (Building Services - Electrical)

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 qualification 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.

This course leads to...

The Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in engineering, which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage.

On successful completion of the Level 4 Higher National Certificate, students can progress into employment or continue their study at level 5 - HND in Engineering (Top Up) - which provides an opportunity to extend an existing HNC qualification to a higher level with study of more in depth specialist units.

Entry Requirements

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 (or equivalent)

• Other related Level 3 qualifications
• An Access to HE Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution
• Related work experience
• An international equivalent of the above.

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points

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Course ID: 159310

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 2 Years


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

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