What is the course about?
The programme builds on knowledge developed on the HNC and aims to fully prepare you for employment in the engineering sector or further study at university. If you are already employed in the engineering sector you will be able to study for a qualification that will support your career progression.
The programme can be studied full time over one year (attending college two days per week) or part time over two years (attending one 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, 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 during this course. Various industry-based software packages and test equipment are used to enhance practical and employability skills.
What will I learn?
The HND consists of the following units:
Mandatory modules include:
- Research project
- Professional engineering management
- Further mathematics
- Industrial power, electronics, and storage
- Industrial systems.
Optional modules include:
- Further electrical, electronic, and digital principle
- Embedded systems.
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?
After completing this course, you may wish to develop your skills further by progressing on to a degree top-up programme at university. 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 the college to deliver workshops and presentations. These employer relationships have been developed over many 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 one-to-one tutorials with their programme leader to support them with their progress on programme. You will 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, you 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 is 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 students can apply to access.
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 complimentary 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.
Here at Warrington & Vale Royal College we have a team of dedicated, experienced staff who can share their extensive knowledge and skills with you. Learning in a friendly and inclusive environment, you will be fully supported to achieve your goals.
What are the entry requirements?
You must have the following:
- A HNC in Engineering, as the HND is a follow-on programme from the HNC in Engineering.
- 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. This is necessary before being recruited to the programme, as 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 you upon receipt of your application. You 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. You should also have a laptop/desktop computer to download any available free software packages.
In previous years students have taken part in local trips to Roberts Bakery and other engineering organisations. For such visits you may be expected to arrange your 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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