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HND in General Engineering test at Trafford College

Course description

The BTEC Higher National Diploma in General Engineering (QCF) delivered by Trafford College is a Level 5 qualification that has been designed to meet the increasing demand from industry for Professional Engineers and Technicians. Building upon previous studies, the HND General Engineering will enhance knowledge and understanding of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering, ensuring a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required. It is equivalent to the first two years of study at university degree level and upon completion, graduates will be equipped with the theoretical knowledge and practical insight to confidently pursue a full career in engineering or gain a university top-up for a full degree. The course has been developed to focus on:• The education and training of future engineers & technicians who will be employed at a professional level in various engineering industries, including: systems design, manufacture, maintenance and technical services industries.• Providing opportunities for full-time learners to gain a nationally recognised qualification to enter employment as an Engineer or Technician, or progress to full- or part-time university degree in engineering.• Providing opportunities to develop higher level skills in a technological and management context, whilst developing a range of skills, techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.The HND General Engineerijng programme will be completed over two academic years; each year having 34-academic weeks. High quality directed study is supported by various learning resources and through the Virtual Learning Environment, which will enable independent study to be carried out at your convenience. The course has a total of five Mandatory Units + 11 specialist/other units. APL (Accreditation for Prior Learning, exempting students from some units) will be considered on an individual basis. Students might have the option to select from a choice of Units to enable them to pursue their chosen pathway but this is still being decided. Mandatory Units Analytical Methods for EngineersEngineering ScienceProject Design, Implementation and Evaluation The ‘Principles’ unit (Mechanical Principles / Electrical and Electronic Principles) Unit descriptors plus the list of possible specialist units can be found at: …but be aware that the information you find there does not represent the units that Trafford College will actually offer (an HND requires 16 units in total).

Entry requirements

You will normally need to have at least one of the following:• a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in an appropriate area • an AVCE/GNVQ in an appropriate vocational area • an A level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE-A level subject.• Other appropriate level 3 qualifications • an Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution • Relevant work experience with some elevated mathematical content These profiles is must be supported by GCSE grades A - C in mathematics, English Language and Science. International students must posses IELTS at level 6.5 or above.

Future opportunities

The Level 5 HND provides greater breadth and specialisation than the Level 4 HNC and allows progression into employment in the engineering sector, either directly on achievement of the award or following further study to degree level. EmploymentThe HND General Engineering provides opportunities for learners to apply their knowledge and practical skills in the workplace through formal work placements or part-time employment experience; thereby, preparing learners for direct employment within the engineering sector. Alternatively, learners could progress on to degree courses in related engineering areas such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or electronics. University DegreeA key progression path for successful BTEC HND learners is to the third year of a degree or honours degree programme1, or further professional qualification in mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering and providing a significant educational base for progression to Incorporated Engineer level.Depending on the match of the BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question.

Further information

For Further Information Contact Course Enquiries on 0161 886 7070

How to apply

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Last updated date: 13 May 2016
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