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University Centre Peterborough HNC/HND Engineering (Electrical and Electronic)

HNC/HND Engineering (Electrical and Electronic)

H600
P56
Pearson Edexcel
course overview

This engineering qualification provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the engineering sector.

There are a choice of three different pathways that offers particular specialist emphasis through specialist units.

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering (HNC)
  • Mechanical Engineering (HNC)

During the course you will study mandatory units in engineering design, engineering maths and engineering science. You will develop knowledge and undertake a range of projects mixed with academic theory, creating highly skilled and motivated individuals that have the opportunity to progress into a broad range of engineering careers.

If you are working within the engineering field or have ambitions of working in this area in a professional, managerial, or technical capacity, then these courses are for you.

HNC / HND’s provide a nationally recognised qualification (HNC 120 credits / HND 240 credits) offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment and opportunities to progress on to an honours degree programme.

The courses at Peterborough College are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

If you are applying to start in September 2021, you must meet the following entry requirements:

48 UCAS points with qualifications in engineering related subjects:

  • A-levels: Mathematics and Physics (DD)
  • BTEC (PPP)
  • Cambridge Technicals (PPP)
  • Access to HE (45 credits)

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or admissions@ucp.ac.uk to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSE English language, mathematics and a science (or equivalent) at a minimum of grade C or grade 4.

If English is not your first language you will require a recognised Level 2 English language qualification or an IELTS score of 5.5 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.

EU STUDENTS AND OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS

We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

UCAS TARIFF

To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit ucas.com/tariff-calculator.

We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels (you must have grades for at least two A-levels), BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education and Scottish Advanced Highers.

The tariff points for qualifications can be added and combined together (e.g. A-levels plus BTECs).

The UCAS points for A-level General Studies, AS-levels and the EQP (Extended Project Qualification) are accepted when combined with other full qualifications.

ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APCL) FOR ENTRY

APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)

We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APEL)

It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

  • HNC Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) (Level 4)
  • Engineering Design (15 credits)
  • Engineering Maths (15 credits)
  • Engineering Science (15 credits)
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project (15 credits)
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles (15 credits)
  • Automation, Robotics and PLCs (15 credits)
  • Digital Principles (15 credits)
  • Electronic Circuits and Devices (15 credits)
  • HND ENGINEERING (ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC) (LEVEL 5)
  • Further Engineering Maths (15 credits)
  • Lean Manufacturing (15 credits)
  • Professional Engineering Management (15 credits)
  • Further Control Systems (15 credits)
  • Research Project (30 credits)
  • Industrial Power, Electronics and Storage (15 credits)
  • Industrial Systems (15 credits)

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

  • For details of progression and module scenarios please refer to page 5 of Academic Regulations.
  • For details of assessment offences please refer to Academic Offence Policy.
  • For details of how we will inform you of changes to modules please refer to page 2 of the terms and conditions.

When studying this course we will timetable your lectures into one of two full days a week over two semesters per year (see Duration and delivery for exact details). We are able to offer this convenient timetabling to our students as we are a smaller institution so we can timetable our staff and resources more efficiently.

There are two semesters per year and each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks.

If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities including work placement if not embedded in your course. We recommend that full-time students allow an additional 30 hours per week for additional study.

Timetables are available at least one month before registration and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods.

The days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

HNC Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) (Level 4)

  • 100% Coursework

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

As the course is timetabled as full days during the week when studied full-time, this also gives you the flexibility to find a work placement, internship or volunteering opportunity which will improve your employability after you graduate.

Many of the students on this course study part-time as they are already employed in an engineering role in Peterborough or the surrounding areaand can share their industry experience and knowledge in lectures and seminars.

Grant Webb is the Course Leader for the BEng Engineering degrees at University Centre Peterborough and HNC/HND Engineering qualifications at Peterborough College. He has been teaching since September 2009 and joined University Centre Peterborough in December 2012.

External commitments include being a Visiting Lecturer at Hubei University of Technology, China and an Examiner for Pearson Education.

Prior to teaching, he worked in the industry for 11 years and had a background in electronics and manufacturing engineering, working for Walkbury Electronics Ltd and Perkins Engines Co Ltd/Caterpillar Inc based in Peterborough. He has also lived and worked in Spain and Australia.

Qualifications

  • MSc Information Technology (CEng Accredited), De Montfort University
  • BSc (Hons) Electronic Engineering, De Montfort University
  • BA Open Degree, The Open University

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), University of Greenwich

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), Queen Mary University of London
    Professional Membership

  • Senior Fellow of the HE Academy (SFHEA)

  • Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)

  • Incorporated Engineer (IEng)


After successful completion of the HNC Engineering (Level 4), you have the opportunity to apply for Level 5 and 6 of the BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Control Systems Engineering course to obtain a full honours degree.

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

  • Design Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Development Engineer
  • Quality Engineer

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HNC Part-time 2 years (1 full day a week over two semesters per year)

HND additional 2 years (1 full day a week over two semesters per year

The tuition fees for higher national students starting in 2022/23 will be:

HNC Part-time: £3,250 per year
There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

In this prospectus we will give you clear and accurate information so you can make the best choice for a successful future

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