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BTEC Level 4 HNC Engineering (Electrical/Electronic ) (RQF)- Online

Course Summary

New and now open for Applications. Start January 2018

Price  £3600
Payment Options  Credit/Debit Card/Finance
Study method Online
Duration 24 months to 48 months (up to 5 years is allowed)
Qualification BTEC Level 4 HNC Engineering ( Electrical/Electronic ) (RQF) 
Awarded by Pearson (Edexcel)
Additional Info Tutor support during normal business hours

What is an HNC?
The HNC in Electrical/Electronic Engineering is for those students who already have a grasp of engineering concepts and have possibly already worked at technician level. The HNC is designed to give you a higher level of knowledge which could allow you to step up the career ladder or count towards a full degree.

What does the course consist of?

The HNC course consists of 120 credits and ideally will be studied in 2 years part time. There are a number of mandatory units, 4 of which will be delivered in the first year. You will have a choice of specialist optional units, but you don’t need to choose them right away as the mandatory units will be delivered and assessed first.

Mandatory Units: (All must be completed)

 Unit 001 Engineering Design – Credit Value 15 Level 4 [K/615/1475]

The tremendous possibilities of the techniques and processes developed by engineers can only be realised by great design. Design turns an idea into a useful artefact, the problem into a solution, or something ugly and inefficient into an elegant, desirable and cost effective everyday object. Without a sound understanding of the design process the engineer works in isolation without the links between theory and the needs of the end user.

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the methodical steps that engineers use in creating functional products and processes; from a design brief to the work, and the stages involved in identifying and justifying a solution to a given engineering need.

Among the topics included in this unit are: Gantt charts and critical path analysis, stakeholder requirements, market analysis, design process management, modelling and prototyping, manufacturability, reliability life cycle, safety and risk, management, calculations, drawings and concepts and ergonomics.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to prepare an engineering design specification that satisfies stakeholders’ requirements, implement best practice when analysing and evaluating possible design solutions, prepare a written technical design report, and present their finalised design to a customer or audience.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Plan a design solution and prepare an engineering design specification in response to a stakeholder’s design brief and requirements.
  2. Formulate possible technical solutions to address the student-prepared design specification.
  3. Prepare an industry-standard engineering technical design report.
  4. Present to an audience a design solution based on the design report and evaluate the solution/presentation.
 Unit 002 Engineering Maths – Credit Value 15 Level 4 [M/615/1476]

The mathematics that is delivered in this unit is that which is directly applicable to the engineering industry, and it will help to increase students’ knowledge of the broad underlying principles within this discipline.

The aim of this unit is to develop students’ skills in the mathematical principles and theories that underpin the engineering curriculum. Students will be introduced to mathematical methods and statistical techniques in order to analyse and solve problems within an engineering context.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to employ mathematical methods within a variety of contextualised examples, interpret data using statistical techniques, and use analytical and computational methods to evaluate and solve engineering problems.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify the relevance of mathematical methods to a variety of conceptualised engineering examples.
  2. Investigate applications of statistical techniques to interpret, organise and present data by using appropriate computer software packages.
  3. Use analytical and computational methods for solving problems by relating sinusoidal wave and vector functions to their respective engineering applications.
  4. Examine how differential and integral calculus can be used to solve engineering problems.
 Unit 003 Engineering Science  – Credit Value 15  Level 4 [T/615/1477]

Engineering is a discipline that uses scientific theory to design, develop or maintain structures, machines, systems, and processes. Engineers are therefore required to have a broad knowledge of the science that is applicable to the industry around them.

This unit introduces students to the fundamental laws and applications of the physical sciences within engineering and how to apply this knowledge to find solutions to a variety of engineering problems.

Among the topics included in this unit are: international system of units, interpreting data, static and dynamic forces, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, material properties and failure, and A.C./D.C. circuit theories.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to interpret and present qualitative and quantitative data using computer software, calculate unknown parameters within mechanical systems, explain a variety of material properties and use electromagnetic theory in an applied context.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Examine scientific data using both quantitative and computational methods.
  2. Determine parameters within mechanical engineering systems.
  3. Explore the characteristics and properties of engineering materials.
  4. Analyse applications of A.C./D.C. circuit theorems, electromagnetic principles and properties.
 Unit 004 Managing a Professional Engineering Project – Credit Value 15 Level 4 [A/615/1478]

The responsibilities of the engineer go far beyond completing the task in hand. Reflecting on their role in a wider ethical, environmental and sustainability context starts the process of becoming a professional engineer – a vital requirement for career progression.

Engineers seldom work in isolation and most tasks they undertake require a range of expertise, designing, developing, manufacturing, constructing, operating and maintaining the physical infrastructure and content of our world. The bringing together of these skills, expertise and experience is often managed through the creation of a project.

This unit introduces students to the techniques and best practices required to successfully create and manage an engineering project designed to identify a solution to an engineering need. While carrying out this project students will consider the role and function of engineering in our society, the professional duties and responsibilities expected of engineers together with the behaviours that accompany their actions.

Among the topics covered in this unit are: roles, responsibilities and behaviours of a professional engineer, planning a project, project management stages, devising solutions, theories and calculations, management using a Gantt chart, evaluation techniques, communication skills, and the creation and presentation of a project report.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to conceive, plan, develop and execute a successful engineering project, and produce and present a project report outlining and reflecting on the outcomes of each of the project processes and stages. As a result, they will develop skills such as critical thinking, analysis, reasoning, interpretation, decision-making, information literacy, and information and communication technology, and skills in professional and confident self-presentation.

This unit is assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The project brief will be set by the centre, based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). The theme and chosen project within the theme will enable students to explore and examine a relevant and current topical aspect of professional engineering.

Learning Outcomes By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Formulate and plan a project that will provide a solution to an identified engineering problem.
  2. Conduct planned project activities to generate outcomes which provide a solution to the identified engineering problem.
  3. Produce a project report analysing the outcomes of each of the project processes and stages.
  4. Present the project report drawing conclusions on the outcomes of the project.
 Unit 017  Quality and Process Improvement – Credit Value 15 Level 4 [H/615/1491]

Quality has always been the key to business success and survivability, but it requires organisations to allocate a lot of effort and resources to achieve it. The key to providing quality services and designing top quality products lies in the strength and effectiveness of the processes used in their development; processes which must be constantly reviewed to ensure they operate as efficiently, economically and as safely as possible.

This unit introduces students to the importance of quality assurance processes in a manufacturing or service environment and the principles and theories that underpin them. Topics included in this unit are: tools and techniques used to support quality control, attributes and variables, testing processes, costing modules, the importance of qualifying the costs related to quality, international standards for management (ISO 9000, 14000, 18000), European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), principles, tools and techniques of Total Quality Management (TQM) and implementation of Six Sigma.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to illustrate the processes and applications of statistical process, explain the quality control tools used to apply costing techniques, identify the standards expected in the engineering environment to improve efficiency and examine how the concept of Total Quality Management and continuous improvement underpins modern manufacturing and service environments.

Learning Outcomes By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Illustrate the applications of statistical process control when applied in an industrial environment to improve efficiency.
  2. Analyse cost effective quality control tools.
  3. Determine the role of standards in improving efficiency, meeting customer requirements and opening up new opportunities for trade.
  4. Analyse the importance of Total Quality Management and continuous improvement in manufacturing environments.
 Unit 019  Electrical and Electronic Principles – Credit Value 15 Level 4 [M/615/1493]

Electrical engineering is mainly concerned with the movement of energy and power in electrical form, and its generation and consumption. Electronics is mainly concerned with the manipulation of information, which may be acquired, stored, processed or transmitted in electrical form. Both depend on the same set of physical principles, though their applications differ widely. A study of electrical or electronic engineering depends very much on these underlying principles; these form the foundation for any qualification in the field, and are the basis of this unit.

The physical principles themselves build initially from our understanding of the atom, the concept of electrical charge, electric fields, and the behaviour of the electron in different types of material. This understanding is readily applied to electric circuits of different types, and the basic circuit laws and electrical components emerge. Another set of principles is built around semiconductor devices, which become the basis of modern electronics. An introduction to semiconductor theory leads to a survey of the key electronic components, primarily different types of diodes and transistors.

Electronics is very broadly divided into analogue and digital applications. The final section of the unit introduces the fundamentals of these, using simple applications. Thus, under analogue electronics, the amplifier and its characteristics are introduced. Under digital electronics, voltages are applied as logic values, and simple circuits made from logic gates are considered.

On successful completion of this unit students will have a good and wide-ranging grasp of the underlying principles of electrical and electronic circuits and devices, and will be able to proceed with confidence to further study.

Learning Outcomes By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Apply an understanding of fundamental electrical quantities to evaluate simple circuits with constant voltages and currents.
  2. Evaluate simple circuits with sinusoidal voltages and currents.
  3. Describe the basis of semiconductor action, and its application to simple electronic devices.
  4. Explain the difference between digital and analogue electronics, describing simple applications of each.

Specialist Optional Units: (Plus 2 of the following units)

 Unit 008 Mechanical Principles – Credit Value 15 Level 4 [F/615/1482]

Mechanical principles have been crucial for engineers to convert the energy produced by burning oil and gas into systems to propel, steer and stop our automobiles, aircraft and ships, amongst thousands of other applications. The knowledge and application of these mechanical principles is still the essential underpinning science of all machines in use today or being developed into the latest technology.

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the essential mechanical principles associated with engineering applications.

Topics included in this unit are: behavioural characteristics of static, dynamic and oscillating engineering systems including shear forces, bending moments, torsion, linear and angular acceleration, conservation of energy and vibrating systems; and the movement and transfer of energy by considering parameters of mechanical power transmission systems.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to explain the underlying principles, requirements and limitations of mechanical systems.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify solutions to problems within static mechanical systems.
  2.  Illustrate the effects that constraints have on the performance of a dynamic mechanical system.
  3. Investigate elements of simple mechanical power transmission systems.
  4. Analyse natural and damped vibrations within translational and rotational mass-spring systems.
 Unit 013 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines – Credit Value 15 Level 4 [D/615/1487]

Thermodynamics is one of the most common applications of science in our lives, and it is so much a part of our daily life that it is often taken for granted. For example, when driving your car you know that the fuel you put into the tank is converted into energy to propel the vehicle, and the heat produced by burning gas when cooking will produce steam which can lift the lid of the pan. These are examples of thermodynamics, which is the study of the dynamics and behaviour of energy and its manifestations.

This unit introduces students to the principles and concepts of thermodynamics and its application in modern engineering.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to investigate fundamental thermodynamic systems and their properties, apply the steady flow energy equation to plant equipment, examine the principles of heat transfer to industrial applications, and determine the performance of internal combustion engines.

Learning Outcomes By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1.  Investigate fundamental thermodynamic systems and their properties.
  2.  Apply the Steady Flow Energy Equation to plant equipment.
  3. Examine the principles of heat transfer to industrial applications.
  4. Determine the performance of internal combustion engines.
 Unit 014  Production Engineering for Manufacture – Credit Value 15 Level 4 [H/615/1488]

All of the manufactured products we use in our daily lives, from processed food to clothing and cars, are the result of production engineering. Production engineers need to have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all the possible production technologies available, their advantages and disadvantages, the requirements of the production system operation and the interaction between the various components of the production system.

This unit introduces students to the production process for key material types; the various types of machinery used to manufacture products and the different ways of organising production systems to optimise the production process; consideration of how to measure the effectiveness of a production system within the overall context of the manufacturing system; and an examination of how production engineering contributes to ensuring safe and reliable operation of manufacturing.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to illustrate the role and purpose of production engineering and its relationship with the other elements of a manufacturing system. They will be able to select the most appropriate production processes and associated facility arrangements for  manufacturing products of different material types and design a production system incorporating a number of different production processes.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1.  Illustrate the role and purpose of production engineering and its relationship with the other elements of a manufacturing system.
  2.  Select the most appropriate production processes and associated facility arrangements, for manufacturing products of different material types.
  3.  Analyse how a production system can incorporate a number of different production processes for a given product or assembly.
  4.  Explore the effectiveness of a production system in terms of its operation within the wider manufacturing system.
 Unit 029  Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems- Credit Value 15 Level 4 [L/615/1498]

Hydraulics and pneumatics incorporate the importance of fluid power theory in modern industry. This is the technology that deals with the generation, control, and movement of mechanical elements or systems with the use of pressurised fluids in a confined system. In respect of hydraulics and pneumatics, both liquids and gases are considered fluids. Oil hydraulics employs pressurised liquid petroleum oils and synthetic oils, whilst pneumatic systems employ an everyday recognisable process of releasing compressed air to the atmosphere after performing the work.

The aim of this module is to develop students’ knowledge and appreciation of the applications of fluid power systems in modern industry. Students will investigate and design pneumatic, hydraulic, electro-pneumatic and electro-hydraulic systems.

This unit offers the opportunity for students to examine the characteristics of fluid power components and evaluate work-related practices and applications of these systems.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to explain applications of hydraulic and pneumatic systems in the production industry, determine the fundamental principles and practical techniques for obtaining solutions to problems, appreciate real-life applications of pneumatic and hydraulic systems, and investigate the importance of structured maintenance techniques.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Calculate the parameters of pneumatic and hydraulic systems.
  2. Identify the notation and symbols of pneumatic and hydraulic components.
  3. Examine the applications of pneumatic and hydraulic systems.
  4. Investigate the maintenance of pneumatic and hydraulic systems.
 Unit 030  Operations and Plant Management – Credit Value 15 Level 4 [R/615/1499]

The challenges of modern manufacturing industries require today’s operations engineers to adopt a multi-skilled methodology when dealing with the array of complex engineering problems they are faced with. Long gone are the days of ‘pure’ mechanical or electrical maintenance staff; operations engineers may well specialise within one discipline, but they must have the knowledge and ability to safely tackle problems that could encompass many varied engineering fields, if they are to keep the wheels of industry in motion.

The underlying aims of this unit are to develop the students’ knowledge of the engineering fundamentals that augment the design and operation of plant engineering systems, and to furnish them with the tools and techniques to maintain the ever more technological equipment.

The students are introduced to the concept of thermodynamic systems and their properties in the first learning outcome; this will provide a platform for the topic of heat transfer in industrial applications (as covered in learning outcome four) and underpin their future studies in subsequent units. The second learning outcome examines common mechanical power transmission system elements found in numerous production/manufacturing environments, whilst the third learning outcome investigates fundamental static and dynamic fluid systems.

On completion of this unit students will be able to describe the fundamentals that underpin the operation of the systems they deal with on a daily basis and apply these fundamentals to the successful maintenance of these systems.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Analyse fundamental thermodynamic systems and their properties.
  2. Investigate power transmission systems.
  3. Determine the parameters of static and dynamic fluid systems.
  4. Examine the principles of heat transfer in industrial applications.
 Unit 032  CAD for Maintenance Engineers – Credit Value 15 Level 4 [F/615/1501]

There is a growing trend, in part due to the popularity of three-dimensional (3D) Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems, for students to generate two-dimensional (2D) drawings from three-dimensional (3D) solid models. 3D models do look impressive and whilst they clearly serve an important function in CAD design, in reality the vast majority of CAD drawings used in the industry are 2D based and, of those, a significant number are schematic drawings utilised by maintenance engineers, which cannot be produced using a 3D system.

The aim of this unit is to enable students to produce 2D CAD drawings (using industry standard CAD software), and to modify and construct electrical and mechanical drawings e.g. distribution systems, fire alarms, steam ranges, electrical and hydraulic circuits. This unit will support the development of the students’ CAD abilities and build upon those skills to introduce the more advanced techniques that are used to create and modify schematic drawings quickly and efficiently. These techniques can be used to construct pre-prepared symbols for use in circuit diagrams, or be used to create unique symbols and symbol libraries.

Alongside the creation of schematic drawings utilising the block, attributes and insert commands, the students will also learn how to extract information to populate spreadsheets and databases, tabulating the information directly from the working drawing.

Learning Outcomes By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Create and modify CAD drawings.
  2. Construct, insert and export blocks with textual attributes.
  3. Produce complex schematic drawings.
  4. Transfer information to external sources.
Who is the Course aimed at?

This course is for those who would like CPD credits, or start a Higher Education. It can lead to an HND (240 Cr). It could also count towards a full Bachelors degree as more and more Universities accept HNC’s as the 1st year and HND as the 1st and 2nd year.

This course is ideal if you are unable to attend a college or university, due to work or family commitments. If you are looking to further your career or you need the qualifications for a promotion or career change, this course deals with materials around Engineering.

What are the entry requirements?

A level 3 qualification, such as BTEC Diploma in Engineering or A levels, however if you don’t have these but do have experience in the workplace, then contact us and we can discuss your needs. Typically 32 UCAS points are needed.

The content is heavy on Science and as such there is a high content of maths. You need to have Maths at level 3. We can assess your maths ability using our BKSB Advanced Maths assessment tool, to see if you are at the right level, free of charge.

Non-native English speakers and those students who have not had their final two years of schooling in English will need to demonstrate one of the following upon entry:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2
  • IELTS 5.5 (including 5.5 for reading and writing)
  • PTE 51
  • or equivalent,

Who is this Course for?

The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Engineering are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the engineering sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue a career in engineering. In addition to the skills, knowledge and techniques that underpin the study of the sector, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Engineering give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for employment, progression within employment or further study.

Holders of a BTEC Higher National in Engineering meet the academic requirements for the Engineering Council Engineering Technician Standard (EngTech).

How much does it cost?

  • Credits – 15
  • Level – 4
  • Cost per credit – £35
  • Total Cost – £525
  • Credits – 120
  • Level – 4
  • Cost per credit – £30
  • Total Cost – £3600.00

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