Engineering - Electrical and Electronic HNC
Faculty of Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive
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Higher Education - HNC Technology Centre Completion of one year full time (2 days per week) to gain HNC. (Offer of an additional year to gain the HND). OR: Completion of two years part time (1 day per week) to gain HNC. (Offer of an additional year to gain the HND). 7HV2 Click here for info

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

The full and part time programmes will assist those looking to develop a career as an electrical or electronic design/test engineer. During the course you will enhance your problem solving skills by studying topics such as Programmable Logic Controllers and Electrical Power systems. You will also develop the skills needed to realise your designs in topics such as computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing. You will be using industry standard technologies such as Solidworks, Sinumerik and Multisim.

Based in the state of the art Technology Centre, the Higher National Certificate (HNC) qualification will give you an opportunity to progress to our part-time (ie one day a week for 2 years) Engineering - Electrical and Electronic Higher National Diploma (HND) with a further year of study. You should either be employed by or intend to pursue a career in a relevant industry. You will study a number of core Units alongside your specialist Units. This study will develop your understanding of a wide range of engineering techniques and provide you with the analytical tools and concepts necessary to understand the technical and managerial issues you are likely to face in an engineering career. You will apply theories and techniques to real world examples.

The course is trialling a 'student led enhancement policy' where you'll be encouraged to propose relevant learning materials from your own personal requirements which may be of use to your fellow classmates. 

What topics will I study?

The topics for the two year part time course (the full time course from Sep 2019 will cover all these topics in one year) are:  

Year 1:

  • Unit 1 - Engineering Design
  • Unit 2 - Engineering Maths
  • Unit 3 - Engineering Science
  • Unit 4 - Managing a Professional Engineering Project (Pearson set)

Year 2:

  • Unit 19 - Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Unit 20 - Digital Principles
  • Unit 22 - Electronic Circuits and Devices
  • Unit 31 - Electrical Systems and Fault Finding

This programme is awarded by Pearson EdExcel BTEC. 

What experiences will I get?

There is an annual higher education student visit for full time students and there are numerous opportunities to work with employers for things like project work and case studies. Some lecturers are also delivered by guest lecturers from industry and all the assignments relate to the work environment. 

What are the entry requirements?

For 2018 entry, you will need 64 UCAS tariff points (minimum) from AS, A Level or AVCE programmes which includes Mathematics and Physics, BTEC National Diploma/Certificate/Extended Diploma including at least merits in Mathematics and EEP, GNVQ Advanced, an Access qualification or other qualifications deemed equivalent to the above. Apprentices on the 120 credit Diploma in addition should have gained at least a pass in Level 3 Unit 28 Further Mathematics. Consideration will be given to mature applicants who have substantial relevant industrial experience. An interview will be required.

What facilities are there?

A purpose built Technology Centre at Monkerton opened in September 2012. The centre combines the training and teaching of aerospace, engineering and automotive students with access to state of the art equipment within world class facilities. The CAD/CAM Suite includes 25 computers running the latest versions of AutoCAD, Inventor, Solid Works, EdgeCAM and SIEMENS 828d/840d control. The software will allow engineering students to experience industry standard software and CNC machining equipment that give an understanding of CAD for manufacture.

Facilities also include:

  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Material Laboratory
  • Electronic/Control Laboratory with simulation software
  • Electrical Power Laboratory
  • Electronics Laboratory
  • Mechanical and Fabrication workshops

You will also have access to a learning resource centre.

What can the course lead on to?

From this course you can progress on to the Engineering - Electrical and Electronic HND course at Exeter College. Please note that we are will be delivering the old QCF HND course - the first of the new RQF HND courses will start Sep 2019. 

There is a deadline for applications and places may be subject to availability. 
All previous students have either achieved a promotion or progressed their career in a job with increased responsibility, following this programme. You may also wish to continue your studies to degree level and beyond. 

Are there any additional costs?

You are required to purchase some of the recommended books to aid self-study. All students need to have drawing equipment and a scientific calculator.

What do our students think?

The thing I most enjoyed about Exeter College was the interaction I had with the lecturers, who were mainly professional engineers who had spent most of their careers in industry, and turned their hand to teaching to ‘give something back’ - thus took great pride in their students' achievements."

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  • We also provide a full hour of tutorial time each week for for any students that want it, to discuss any issues you may have in your learning
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