Electrical and Electronic Engineering — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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Course information

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,

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.

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

HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering Programme Handbook (19-20)

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


BTEC Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

This is a level 4 qualification in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

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) that provides an opportunity to extend an existing HNC qualification to a higher level with study of more in depth specialist units.

Entry Requirements

- A 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 Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution
- Related work experience
- An international equivalent of the above.

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Further Information...

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Course ID: 158093

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 1 Year


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 https://www.gov.uk/student-finance, or contact our HE team at HEoffice@liv-coll.ac.uk.

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