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Mechanical Engineering BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC)

This course will equip you with the skills to build up your career and work towards becoming a professional engineer. It has been designed to meet the requirement of the engineering industry, developing skills in design, thermodynamics and mechanical principles.

This course is ideal for a day release from an employer and for mature students looking to refocus their careers.

Award: Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
Awarding Body: EdExcel

Programme details
Year one develops the underpinning knowledge and skills required within the engineering industry. Including the analysis of scientific data, calculating unknown parameters and using contextualised examples to apply a variety of mathematical methods. Students will also begin preparing a design specification for stakeholders.

Year two focuses on advanced principles including concepts and application of thermodynamics and engineering management. All students will also complete their own Independent Project, many of whom choose to complete within their own work environment to the benefit of their employers.

September- June
Timetables are usually available one month before registration.

Module Map
Each module carries equal weighting of 15 credits.
Students complete a total of 120 credits. Your overall grade for the certificate is based on grades obtained for all modules taken.

Year 1
Engineering Maths
Engineering Science
Engineering Design
Mechanical Principles

Year 2
Managing a Professional Engineering Project
Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines
Engineering Management
*Modules are subject to change

Teaching and Learning
Teaching- You are taught through a combination of lectures, online learning and practical sessions. Online learning is designed to facilitate your own learning and provide a platform to gain knowledge at your own pace, alongside your scheduled lectures.
Class sizes are usually around 15 students providing the opportunity of full interaction and discussion between the group.

Tutorial and seminars- In addition to your taught lectures are timetabled tutorial sessions. These sessions are a combination of taught tutorial time, focusing on the progression of your academic and employability skills, one to one tutorials with your tutor, and a series of seminars and guest speakers to aid your learning and introduce you to new and exciting concepts within your field of study.

You will receive around 7 hours contact time per week, typically consisting of:
6 hours lectures
1 hour seminars or tutorial time

Independent Learning- When not attending guided learning time you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles, books, working on projects and preparing coursework

Total Qualification Time
Your Total Qualification Time (TQT) consists of Guided Learning Hours (GLH) such as taught sessions, tutorial time, guest lectures, practicals and assessment activity. With the addition of independent learning, project work and online learning.
40% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 480 hours
Independent learning: 720 hours
Total Qualification Time: 1,200 hours

Academic Support
Our services are available to all students with a support need, studying higher education courses at an Activate Learning college.
We offer a flexible approach to meet each student’s needs to help you make the most of your studies and realise your potential. Study skills are delivered by qualified teachers with a wide range of experience.

Examples of support offered include:

· Academic writing
· Developing critical thinking
· Researching effectively
· Referencing and plagiarism
· Time management strategies

For HE support and advice please contact us at the following email address:

Skills and assessment
Each module will provide you with the opportunity for ‘Formative’ assessment. This allows you to gain feedback on your work before submitting for final assessment. Formative assessments are developmental and any grades are solely indicators of your progress and so not count towards your overall module grade.
There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This will provide you will an overall module grade.

Assessment Methods
Modules have set ‘Learning Outcomes’ which are assessed through 100% coursework. You must achieve all learning outcomes in all modules.
Coursework is made up of a variety of assessment methods including; written reports and essays, online tests, practical examination, portfolios, presentations and a final year project.
Your overall module grade will count towards your final diploma grade.
For information about learning outcomes and grade calculations please see the Pearson BTEC website.

You will receive feedback on all formative and summative work submitted. Formative feedback may be provided in a variety of ways such as verbal, peer review and 1:1 meetings. Summative feedback will always include a written summary, and you encouraged to discuss feedback with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in.
Entry requirements
Entry Requirements
A typical offer is 64 UCAS points. This may be from;
● Two A-levels at grade A-C with Maths and Science related subjects
● Level 3 National Diploma grade MM
● Level 3 Extended National Diploma grade MPP, with Maths at a Merit
● Access to HE Diploma; MPP
In addition applicants should possess GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C or above (or equivalent).
We also welcome students returning to education who possess strong industry related experience. We support widening participation and encourage applicants with non-standard qualifications.

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable, by achieving a score in a recognised test such as:
British Council IELTS: normally a minimum level 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing components;
TOEFL minimum score of 550 paper-based or 213 computer-based or 80 internet-based.

Credit Transfer and Accreditation of Prior Learning
Applicants with prior certificated or experiential learning may be admitted with credit for up to a maximum of 120 credits at Level 4.
This is the first year of the programme so there is no destination data.

Successful students can progress in their careers and may wish to top-up to an HND at a later date.
How to apply
Applicants should apply directly to City of Oxford College/Activate Learning. Call 01865 550 550 for more information.

Home/EU Fee for 2018 entrance: £3,200 per year
Additional costs: Optional trips, additional printing over and above the £5 allowance provided by the college, cost of books that you might wish to purchase, estimated costs of your project materials (around £50-£100). It is highly recommended that you purchase a laptop for this course.

For more information please contact the HE Admissions Coordinator, Sue Taylor on sue.taylor@activatelearning.ac.uk

International Fee: Please contact the HE Admissions Coordinator, Sue Taylor on sue.taylor@activatelearning.ac.uk

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