Higher Education

Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course Location: Course Type:
September 2 years Level 5 Full-Time City Campus University Level Qualification Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

This course is suitable if you are progressing from a Level 3 Extended Diploma/ Diploma in Manufacturing, 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.

This course will enable you to make an immediate contribution to employment at the appropriate professional level, with a range of transferable technical and management skills required to pursue a career in engineering.

The structure of the Higher National Diploma (HND) incorporates our current investment in creating an Institute of Technology (IOT).

We have 2 industrial standard robotic arms, PLC rigs and rapid prototyping/3D printing linked to the latest industrial 3D modelling software.

Dependent on groups sizes and preferences, we will deliver units either semesterised or over the full-length of the academic year.

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 4/5 qualification.

If you have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:
- A Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering or Operations and Maintenance Engineering
- 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 achieved a qualification such as a HNC, or have gained credit at another higher education provider, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5.

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

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire Current fees (may be subject ot change) - £5999 It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years but the maximum increase each year will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The following course-related costs are included in the fees: - Annual £20 printing allowance - Loan of netbooks and access to specific software required for modules Financial support: For more information on student finance, please go to our Higher Education Finance page.

Maximum class sizes are made up of 16 students and you will be taught through a combination of:

- Classroom teaching
- Workshop activity
- Library/Learning Resource Centre work
- Drop-in sessions
- Directed work with other students
- Directed private study
- Directed study in the Learning Resource Centre

Assessment methods could include written assignments, coursework, practical assessment or a combination of all 3, which will be subject dependent.

At Level 5, you will typically have around 14 contact hours per week, consisting of:

- 11 hour of lectures
- 1 hour of seminars
- 1 hour of practical sessions
- 1 hour of one to one meetings

When not attending lectures, seminars and practical sessions or other timetabled session you would 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.

Overall Workload -
Your overall workload consists of 14 class contact hours, around 21 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 5 - 30% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

- Teaching, learning and assessment - 14 hours
- Independent learning - 21 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 senior lecturers, professional practitioners with relevant industry experience.
Our teaching covers updated relevant practice and procedures within the sector. All of our lecturers has 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 where possible 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 module.

Assessment methods can include practical assessment, written exams or in the form of a 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:

- 75% coursework
- 5% written exams
- 20% practical exams

Feedback -
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 21 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

The course is designed for those already working in a relevant engineering role.

4 Core units (Mandatory) Year 1:
- Engineering Design (L4)
- Engineering Maths (L4)
- Engineering Science (L4)
- Professional Engineering Management (Pearson Set) (L4)

Optional Units:
- 4 further units to complete all at (L4)

2 Core units (Mandatory) Year 2:
- Research Project (L5)
- Professional Engineering Management (Pearson Set) (L5)

2 Specialist units Year 2:
- Further Mathematics (L5)
- Lean Manufacturing (L5)

Optional Units:
· 3 additional units to complete at (L5)

Note- Optional units not listed here may be changed. This would be to suit individual cohorts of students needing specific units after discussion with the curriculum team and representative employers.

Our General HND is a mixture of both electrical and mechanical to give the students a variety of options, which are open to them should they decide to progress onto university.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND programme must contain a minimum of 120 credits at Level 5 including mandatory.


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 would enable progression into a supervisory role for students employed within the engineering sectors.

The alternative option would be to pursue a top up degree programme. This would be 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time to achieve a BEng, currently run by other providers nationally.

The average salary for the manufacturing sector would be £30K plus shift allowances. For pharmaceuticals, the salaries would be around £40K plus, dependent upon your job role.

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