What is the course about?
The qualification prepares learners for employment in the Engineering sector or further study at university. Learners who are already employed in the Engineering sector will be able to study for a qualification that will support their career progression. The programme can be studied full time in 1 year (attending 2 days per week) or part time over 2 years (attending 1 day per week).
Why should I choose the course?
The programme works closely with employers to deliver a current and industry relevant curriculum. A range of assessment methods will be used, including reports and presentations, academic essays and work-related projects. Tutor assessments will be continual throughout the course. Formal assessments are moderated by the awarding body. There are no exams. Various industry-based software packages and test equipment are used to enhance practical and employability skills.
What will I learn?
The HNC consists of the following units:
- Engineering Design
- Engineering Maths
- Engineering Science
- Managing a Professional Engineering Project (Pearson-set)
- Electrical and Electronic Principles
- Digital Principles
- Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers
- Electronic Circuits and Devices
Please note that modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change. We do not guarantee that a non-mandatory unit will always run in any given academic year as options may be dependent on student numbers, sector requirements and staff expertise.
What will the course lead on to?
Students can progress onto the HND programme at the college.
The programme also supports entry into employment as an engineer/technician in a wide variety of industries and enables career development opportunities for those already employed in industry.
Are there any links with industry and university?
We have close links with a number of employers and organisations who share their own industry experience with students and work with us to deliver workshops and presentations. These employer relationships have been developed over a number of years by our staff to ensure that the information and knowledge shared with students is directly relevant to their chosen course of study.
What support is available?
All HE students receive termly 1:1 tutorials with their Programme Leader to support them with their progress on programme. Students also have access to an online tutorial programme which provides guidance on a wide range of topics such as mental health, managing finances, support for single parents and working online. In addition, students can access a programme of workshops throughout the year to support with topics such as study skills, academic writing and time management.
We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required and a welfare team that are on hand to offer guidance, support and help, when needed. All HE students have access to a designated Progress Coach who can also provide welfare support.
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Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college. The college offers a HE Hardship Fund that learners can apply to access.
For further information on HE funding support please visit https://www.wvr.ac.uk/higher-education/higher-education-funding-support/
Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?
The college offers a very high-quality education for HE students. HE student feedback is strong and students are highly complementary of their learning experience. HE students have access to specialist facilities and resources to support their programme of study as well as designated HE learning spaces to support independent study.
In 2020/21, 98% of HE students at Warrington & Vale Royal College successfully passed their programme of study.
In 2020/21, 98% of HE students said that they would recommend the college to a friend and 98% of HE students agreed that the quality of education was good.
What are the entry requirements?
You will typically have one of the following:
- A BTEC Level 3 or other Level 3 qualification in a related subject (64 UCAS points)
- A minimum of 2 A-Levels (A2) with one in a related subject at grade C or above (64 UCAS points)
- Access to HE with relevant options
- Appropriate relevant work experience – mature learners who have appropriate work experience in a related sector or role and/or have professional qualifications in a related industry are welcome to apply
- A* to C grade and/or 9 to 4 in GCSE English (Language or Literature)
- A* to C grade and/or 9 to 4 in GCSE Maths is also recommended
Non-native English speakers who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, need to demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below, before being recruited to the programme where the programme is both taught and assessed in English.
- Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
- IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be 5.5
All HNC/HND programmes require the completion of a personal statement and curriculum-set task prior to an admissions interview being offered. Further information on this will be provided to applicants upon receipt of their application. Applicants will also be required to provide a reference from one of the following options:
- A previous course leader/teacher (if progressing from a recently attended further or higher education course)
- A recent or current employer
- An appropriate professional who can provide a character reference (if you have not been in recent education or employment)
What are my funding options?
Students applying to study on a Higher Education course can apply for a HE student loan at www.gov.uk/student-finance
For further Finance support and enquiries please visit https://www.wvr.ac.uk/higher-education/higher-education-funding-support/
Are there any additional costs associated with the course?
Students will need to purchase TINA simulation package for this course at an estimated cost of £75.00. Applicants should also have a laptop/desktop to download any available free software packages.
In previous years students have attended trips to Roberts Bakery or engineering organisation, during the duration of their course and learners should arrange their own transport and food.
The college provides all students with £3 print credit. Any further printing will incur a cost.
Monday 23 May 2022
08:30 - 17:00
Warrington & Winsford campuses
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