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HNC Engineering Systems - Full-time

Campus Midlothian Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 7

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2022

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Course overview

The Engineering Systems (Energy and Environmental Engineering) HNC is a full-time course taught over one year at Edinburgh College’s Midlothian Campus. At the end of the academic year, you can either choose to leave at that point with an HNC in Engineering Systems or alternatively opt to continue with your studies by progressing to the second year of the HND qualification.

You will follow the HNC in Engineering Systems with Renewables framework which is designed to make sure you meet the varied needs of the industry. The aim of this HNC is to provide you with practical skills in advanced theories of engineering systems using the latest simulation and design software.  You will study a variety of technical subjects including Principles of Engineering Systems, Renewable Energy, Practical Workshop Skills and Materials Selection.

The subjects will be taught at a high level and will allow you to develop transferable skills which are essential for your future engineering career. 

Do you have any questions regarding this course? Contact a member of our teaching staff:  

James Kean  

james.kean@edinburghcollege.ac.uk  

What you will learn

The Engineering Systems HNC is a full-time course that is studied for over one year. There is one start date each year in August.

The subjects that you will study are as follows:

HNC - 15 credits

· Principles of Engineering Systems

· Engineering Measurement and System Monitoring

· Engineering: Practical Skills

· Engineering Communication

· Engineering Mathematics 1

· Engineering Mathematics 2

· Renewable Energy Systems: Overview of Energy Use

· Dynamics

· Materials Selection

· Pneumatics and Hydraulics

· Communication: Practical Skills

Engineering Systems: Graded Unit 1

Placement information

  • There are no placements in this qualification, but there may be the opportunity to visit local companies.

How the course is assessed

  • You will be normally be assessed at the end of each subject/unit.
  • Students are allowed two attempts at each assessment. 
  • All units on the course are pass or fail except for the Graded Unit. 
  • You will sit a three hour written Graded Unit 1 examination covering the knowledge that you have learnt throughout the year.  You will be awarded either an A, B or C grade depending on your overall performance, with Universities expecting you to achieve at least a B grade. 
  • All units within the course must be achieved to gain the HNC award.
  • The subjects covered in the HNC also cover the first year of the HND qualification.  

Number of days per week

  • You will complete 36 weeks of study and will attend college 3 days per week.
  • Lessons will normally take place from 09.00 - 16.30 each day.
  • It is important that you attend all timetabled lessons as Universities expect you to have at least a 90% attendance rate, although this can be revisited if you have a valid reason, and you manage to keep up to date with your studies. 

Entry requirements

  • Higher Mathematics at grade 'C' or above and preferably Higher Physics or another science/technology related subject at grade 'C' or above.
  • NC level 6 in an engineering-related discipline or an equivalent qualification.
  • If you haven't studied Mathematics for some time, then you might benefit from taking a preparatory unit before joining the course.

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • You may be required to attend an academic interview and sit an aptitude test to ensure that this is an appropriate course for you and that you will be able to handle the workload.
  • This is a short test designed to check if your mathematics and physics knowledge is the correct level for this course. 

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5All international applicants will need to demonstrate competency in the English language.Applicants who do not have a recognised English Language qualification will need to take a recognised test such as IELTS and attain the required English language score.

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • Progression into the second year of the HND in Engineering Systems (Energy and Environmental Engineering) course at Edinburgh College is possible.
  • Articulation to year one of a university degree in mechanical, electrical, renewable, civil, or structural engineering.

Career options

This course will open career prospects at the technician level in: 

  •  Mechanical engineering
  •  Renewable energy engineering
  •  Engineering systems
  •  Marine engineering
  •  Manufacturing engineering 

 You may also be able to apply for the Graduate Apprenticeship Scheme 

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Midlothian Campus Full time 29/08/22 41 Weeks

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