HND and HNC

(Multi-skilled) - Full Time/ Day Release/ Evenings

HNC/HND General Engineering

HNCs (Higher National Certificates) and HNDs (Higher National Diplomas) are work-related (vocational) higher education qualifications. HNCs and HNDs are designed to give you the skills to put knowledge to effective use in a particular job. They are universally recognised in UK industry and are highly valued by employers both in the UK and overseas. They can also count towards incorporated membership of professional bodies.

The BTEC HNC and HND in Engineering at Carlisle College include units based in industry, either as part of your regular work, or completed while on placement with an employer.

The HNC aligns with Level 4 in the national Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), while the HND is at Level 5 (the same level as a Foundation Degree)

The HNC is normally completed within the duration of an Engineering apprenticeship.

Reference: HNC - 61020077, HND - 61020868
Duration: 1 year for each qualification (studying 2 days per week) or 2 years for each qualification (studying 1 day per week).
Course Dates: September 2022 - June 2023 (2 days per week) and September 2022 - July 2024 (1 day per week)
Type: Available 2 days per week or 1 day per week
Tutor: Dougie Mullins

Fees: £2150 per year (1 day per week) or £4200 per year (up to 2 days per week)

Course Content

HNC units will cover:

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Science
  • Further Maths for Engineering
  • Managing
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Electrical & Electrical Principles
  • Thermodyamics
  • Automation and PLC

HND units will cover

  • Further Mathematics
  • Professional Engineering Management
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Further Mechanical Principles
  • Further Electrical Principles
  • Further PLC's

The Higher Certificate is awarded on satisfactory completion of units to the value of at least 120 credits within the BTEC HNC/HND framework. The College provides the necessary modern laboratory equipment, professional engineering software and IT facilities to enable you to get the most out of a hands-on experience of engineering technology.

The HND requires successful completion of units contributing a further 120 credits over 2 years following the HNC qualification.

Method of Study

A variety of methods are used to deliver the learning material, but it is intended to include practical work wherever possible. Most of the study is classroom based with the use of PCs plus engineering and laboratory type equipment. The engineering workshop is also used when appropriate to the lesson.

Method of Assessment

Practical and written assignments are used to assess learning throughout the academic year.

Entry Requirements

BTEC Level 3 Diploma or similar in an engineering discipline, 80 UCAS points or other qualifications in relevant subject area.

Mature students may be admitted on the basis of relevant industrial experience and agreement with the course tutor.

What Can I Do Next?

HNCs and HNDs are designed to give you the skills to put knowledge to effective use in a particular job. They are universally recognised in UK industry and are highly valued by employers both in the UK and overseas. They can also count towards incorporated membership of professional bodies.

All information correct as at 01/06/2020

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