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Electrical and Electronic Engineering — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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 and Electronic Principles

Optional Units:

  • Automation
  • 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
  • Decision-making
  • 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.

Qualifications

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.

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.

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.
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Further Information...

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You can contact us online via applications@liv-coll.ac.uk or call us at any point on 0151 252 3000 with any queries you may have – we’re here to help.
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Overview

Course ID: 163792

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year



Fees

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.

Fee for21/22 is 7283.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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