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Part Time, Higher Education

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2 years




Adult, Higher Education



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Who is this course for?

If you are progressing from a level 3 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.  Then this course could be for you, as it 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.

What do you need to apply for the course?

The program 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 Engineering or Operations and Maintenance Engineering
  • a relevant A-level Programme

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

What are the key things you'll learn?


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 of level 4 units to complete of the course.

Our teaching is informed by current practice adhered to in a variety of engineering sectors. Some modules may change periodically to reflect developments in the sector and dependent upon group requirements.

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)

Additional units

  • Computer aided Design and Manufacture(L4)
  • Quality Process Improvement (L4)

Optional Units

  • 2 further units to be confirmed.

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

How you will learn


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 Centre


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

3          hours of lectures

1          hours of seminars

2          hours of practical sessions

1          hour of one to one meetings

Subject to change in line with unit/learning outcome requirement

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 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 per cent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and  learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment:             7 hours

Independent learning:                                     15 hours

Level 5: 18 per cent 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 senior lecturers, professional practitioners with industry experience. Our teaching is informed by the relevant practice within the sector and 100 per cent 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 modules 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.

Assessment methods could include written assignments, coursework, practical assessment or combination.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

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

Year 1

90% coursework         5% written exams       5% practical exams

Year 2            

90% coursework         5% written exams       5% practical exams


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.

Where could this course take you?

This course also enables progression to a HND in General Engineering or further professional qualifications in engineering or related area.

What costs will you incur?

2020 Course Fee £2300 P.A.

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

The practical use of equipment required for modules

Additional cost can include books/Journals etc.

For more information on Student Finance please go to our HE Finance page

If a copy of programme specification is required please email