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This two-year course is ideally suited to employed students wishing to add a Higher Education qualification to their work experience. Many previous students have included workshop and production managers. The HNC is often the ‘qualification of choice’ for manufacturing companies wishing to progress their employees to positions of management. Since the course is aimed at students currently employed in engineering, the mode of delivery is part-time, evening only, for 35 weeks. Lectures are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6pm – 9pm.
Members of the teaching staff regularly visit work premises of students (by prior arrangement and agreement) to facilitate links with industry and to check on levels of company support.
Ideally, students should have good evidence of a range of Level 3 attainment including a recognised Level 3 qualification in Mathematics (A Level). All candidates need to have determination to meet the requirements for the mathematical units where they do not hold a formal Level 3 qualification. The course is designed to meet the needs of candidates working in the industry.
You will study eight units over two years:
Units may be formally taught, e.g. Analytical Methods, or facilitated, e.g. Project, matching student work experience and current work practices. Units may change depending on the needs of the cohort of students enrolled.
We run an activity week every term where students can participate in a range of activities such as five-a-side football, indoor rock climbing and archery, or get help completing their assignments (some activities will require payment). Guest speakers from industry are frequently invited to the college and there are also visits to local companies and engineering exhibitions.
All units are assessed by assignment. All Pass learning outcomes must be met to pass the unit. Merit and Distinction criteria can be met for each unit and suggestions are made as to how this may be done. However, in Higher Education it is the responsibility of students to interpret unit guidance as to how to meet criteria.
Many HNC students progress to degree programmes, particularly those with company sponsorship.