Engineering - Manufacturing 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). 3D7C Click here for info

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

The programme has been developed to assist those looking to develop a career in a modern manufacturing environment. As part of the course you will study automation technology, computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing. You will be using industry standard software and hardware such as Solidworks, Sinumerik, EdgeCam and Mitsubishi PLC’s.

Based in the state of the art Technology Centre, this part time programme will achieve a Higher National Certificate (HNC) qualification in two years, with an opportunity to progress to our part-time (ie one day a week for 2 years) Higher National Diploma (HND) with a third 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 modules alongside your specialist modules. Modules 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 may 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 14 – Production Engineering for Manufacture

Unit 15 – Automation, Robotics and PLC

Unit 17 – Quality and Process Improvement

Unit 23 – Computer Aided Design and Manufacture

This programme is awarded by Pearson EdExcel BTEC

What experiences will I get?

Work experience is gained with employers and, where possible, assignments will be related to the work environment. There is also 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. You will also have access to a learning centre.

Facilities also include:

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

What can the course lead on to?

From this course you can progress on to the Engineering - Manufacturing 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. 

Are there any additional costs?

You are required to purchase some of the recommended books to aid self-study. All students need to have basic drawing equipment (protractors, rulers etc) and a scientific calculator capable of working out complex numbers, vectors and matrices.

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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