European Social Fund

HNC MECHATRONICS ENGINEERING

Awarded By: University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
Duration: 2 years, part-time
Level: Level 4
Last Updated: 01-06-22

This HNC aims to provide all graduates with the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to apply existing and emerging mechatronics and intelligent machines technologies to solve engineering problems.

As the programme progresses, you will be expected to apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods in mechatronics and intelligent machines engineering, alongside technical and commercial management processes, as you manage the improvement and control of quality in systems and products.

The course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to thrive and develop, as you acquire a transferable skills set suited to both the industrial and commercial sectors.

Designed and developed with employers in mind, the course is studied on a part-time basis and has been created to provide progression opportunities to a level 5 qualification, followed by the BEng (Hons) at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), upon successful completion.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

This HNC will enable you to learn a wide range of skills, with four modules studied in total, each worth 30 credits. The modules studied are:

Year 1

  • Engineering Analysis
  • Engineering Design

Year 2

  • Engineering Science
  • Electronics and Electronic Engineering Practice

HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT?

The course is delivered via a combination of traditional lectures, tutorials, practical sessions and project work.

As a student on this course you will also have access to our virtual learning environment, Canvas, for additional resources to support your studies.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Assessment methods on this course vary from module to module but typically incorporate examinations, quizzes, assignment, presentation, poster and written reports.

WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

The qualification enhances promotion prospects in supervisory, junior and middle management roles, however, many graduates are supported by their employer to progress on to higher level qualifications, including the HND Mechatronics Engineering here at Preston College. To progress, an additional application needs to be made.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?

Awarded by: University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

Mode of study: 2 years, part-time

Tuition fees: Year 1 (2022/23): £3,500 Year 2 (2023/24): £3,500

Additional costs: The provision of your own laptop/computer, stationery and personal protective equipment is essential for this course.

Location: Preston College, Fulwood campus (except trips and visits)

Minimum numbers required for this course to run: 6 people

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Preston College operates a flexible admissions policy, welcoming applicants with a wide range of qualifications and/or experience, with each application assessed on its own merit. We also recognise prior learning/attainment (RPL) and experience, meaning it may be possible to map some of your existing qualifications against the modules for the HNC Mechatronics Engineering qualification. 

If this applies to you, we will discuss this with you at the interview stage. 

For students who have recently been in education, we would expect an applicant to have one of the following:

A-Levels: At least two A-Levels in an appropriate subject area (equivalent to 72 UCAS points)
BTEC Extended Diploma (or equivalent): Level 3 in Engineering or a similar discipline at grade MMP or higher
BTEC Diploma (or equivalent): Level 3 in Engineering or a similar discipline at grade DM or higher
Pass Access Course: Pass Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in a related subject
International Baccalaureate: H7
Other qualifications or requirements: An NVQ diploma or equivalent competence based qualification.
Applicants with industrial experience will be considered on a case by case basis for the course.

IELTS 6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Plus  
GCSE: English and Maths GCSE grade 4 (formerly grade C) or equivalent.

We usually consider an A-Level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification.

Contextual admissions will be applied to recruit students to the programme who do not meet the standard entry criteria.  This will be subject to interview with a course tutor to discuss individual circumstances.

International students
 
You may need to apply for a Tier 4 visa in order to enter and study in the UK. However, please note that Preston College does not hold a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence to support student visa applications.

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