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 and Electronic Principles
- Robotics and PLC
- Digital Principles
- Electronic Circuits and Devices
Skills and Knowledge Developed:
Students need both good qualifications and employability skills to enhance their career prospects and personal development. Throughout the programme, the course embeds the development of key skills, 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.
- 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 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
- Team building
- Digital literacy
- Practical design and build skills
- Experimental and testing techniques
- Competence in assessment methods used in higher education
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.
Higher National Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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.
• 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
• 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.
Why study with us?
The City of Liverpool 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. Apply Now »
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