You will be learning about general engineering and be able to study selected areas in more depth, develop skills, knowledge and understanding in engineering, have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way, follow a programme of study that enables progression to both HND and Degree, develop Functional Skills that are highly valued by employers and universities, gain confidence through developing independent learning skills.
BTEC HNC are RQF Level 4 qualifications are designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. They give you the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need for employment. The qualifications also provide career development opportunities for those already in work. Consequently they provide a course of study for part-time students.
BTEC HNC provides much of the underpinning knowledge and understanding for the National Occupational Standards for the sector, where these are appropriate. They are supported by the relevant Standards Setting Body (SSB) or Sector Skills Council (SSC). A number of BTEC HNC are recognised as Technical Certificates and form part of the Apprenticeship Framework. They attract achievement and attainment points that equate to similar-sized general qualifications.
When working within the Engineering industry you are often faced with ethical considerations when dealing with varying diverse working environments. It is important that you are able to consider these ethical dimensions in your role. You will develop methods to deal with situations and consider the ethical dimensions of a situation through your research to aid your understanding of these skills.
Throughout the 2 year course you will gain knowledge and understanding; practical, professional and subject specific skills. You will develop cognitive, intellectual and thinking skills; and you will gain valuable key, personal and transferable skills. In order for you to develop and enhance your employability skills, taught, developed, and assessed learning will involve crucial skills such as: communication, teamwork, organising and planning, numeracy, problem solving, flexibility and adaptability, action planning, self-awareness, initiative, personal impact and confidence, environmental sustainability, and social, public and ethical responsibility.
In line with Pearson BTEC requirements the Level 4 HNC programme must contain a minimum of 120 credits at level 4.
- Qualification credit value: a minimum of 120 credits. This is made up of eight units, each with a value of 15 credits.
- Total Qualification Time (TQT) Higher National Certificate (HNC) = 1200 hours.
- There is a required mix of core, specialist and optional units totalling 120 credits. All units are at level 4.
- In some cases a maximum of 30 credits from a Higher National qualification may be from units designed by the centre and approved by Pearson. Core units may not be substituted and are mandatory.
- Some specialist units are available as optional units and some optional units are available as specialist units.