Higher Education

Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course Location: Course Type:
September 2 years Level 4 Part-Time Evening City Campus University Level Qualification Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

This course is for you if you are progressing from a Level 3 Diploma in Electrical and Electronics, Operations and Maintenance Engineering or a relevant A Level study programme and wish to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life. The course will enable you to make an immediate contribution to employment at the appropriate professional level with a range of technical and management skills needed for careers in engineering.

The course leader will review your profile of qualifications and/or experience held, considering whether this profile shows an ability to progress to a Level 4 qualification. If you have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

- A Level 3 Diploma in Electrical/Electronic or Operations and Maintenance Engineering (preferably with a Merit overall but all applications are considered)
- A relevant A Level programme
- Related work experience

If you are a mature learner, you may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in your work sector.

Accreditation of prior learning:
If you have gained credit at another higher education provider, you may be able to receive accreditation of prior learning.

For further information please contact the College’s admissions team on admissions@sunderlandcollege.ac.uk.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire Course fee - £2300 PA A ten-pound printing voucher per academic year will be issued following enrolment. Additional cost can include books/journals etc.

You will be taught through a combination of:

- Classroom teaching, craft workshop activity
- Library/Learning Resource Centre work – drop-in
- Directed work with other students
- Directed private study
- Directed study in Learning Resource Centre

At Level 4, you will typically have around 7 contact hours per week, consisting of:

- 3 hours of lectures
- 1 hour of seminars
- 2 hours of practical sessions
- 1 hour of one to one meetings

Subject to change in line with unit/learning outcome requirements.

Classes would generally contain a maximum of 16 students.

Independent learning:
When not attending lectures, seminars and practical sessions or other timetabled session you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research, preparing coursework assignment and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities including the Learning Resource Centre and the college VLE (Moodle).

Overall workload:
Your overall workload consist of 7 class contact hours, around 15 hours’ independent learning and assignment activity, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours.

The following information gives you an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course -

Level 4 - 30% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity:
- Teaching, learning and assessment - 7 hours
- Independent learning - 15 hours

Level 5 - 18% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity:
- Teaching, learning and assessment - 4 hours
- Independent learning - 18 hours

Academic support:
Our HE Academic Support Tutor provides help in the following areas:

- Study skills (including reading, writing, note-taking and presentation skills)
- Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
- Academic writing (including how to reference)
- Research skills (in conjunction with the learning centres)
- Critical thinking and understanding arguments
- Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

Teaching staff:
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team, whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes lecturers and professional practitioners with current industry experience.

Our teaching is informed by the relevant practice within the sector and 100% of our lecturers have a teaching qualification.

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each unit outcome.

Assessment methods can include practical assessment, written exams or formal assessments/assignments. The grades from formal assessment count towards your overall unit grade.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework:
The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows -

Year 1 -
- 100% coursework

Year 2 -
- 100% coursework

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request form the module tutor. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 10 working days of hand-in (practice assessments) and 15 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment Assessment methods could include written assignments, coursework, practical assessment or combination.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course.

Our teaching is informed by current practice and modules may change periodically to reflect developments in the sector.

The modules available on the course are as follows:

4 Core units (Mandatory):
- Engineering Design (L4)
- Engineering Maths (L4)
- Engineering Science (L4)
- Managing a Professional Engineering Project (Pearson Set) (L4)

Specialist units (Mandatory):
- Electrical and Electronic Principles (L4)

Optional units:
- Automation, Robotics and PLCs
- Analogue and Digital Circuit Design
- Electrical Technology

Note: Optional units are not shown here and some may be changed to suit individual cohorts of students after discussion with the curriculum team and representative employers. The Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNC programme must contain a minimum of 120 credits at Level 4.


Our HE Academic Support Tutor can provide help with study skills, written English, academic writing, research skills, critical thinking and revision, assessment and examination skills.

What’s next?

This course also enables you to progress to a HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or further professional qualifications in electrical and/or electronic engineering or a related area.

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