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Course Overview

The course will give you a superb grounding in the essential principles and techniques needed to meet the increasingly challenging and exciting nature of the Engineering industry. It has been designed to be relevant to the needs of employment in the fields of Production, Manufacturing Engineering and Management.

As a student on this course you will have the benefits of using the College’s excellent facilities including 3D printing, an industrial robot, CAD/CAM suites and material testing laboratory.  Current students are registered as student members of the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED). Completion of the course enables partial Incorporated Engineer registration.

During the first year you will use CAD software to produce both 2D production drawing and 3D models, undertake design simulations and run stress analysis. You will be introduced to the capabilities of 3D printing to produce physical models and use a CAM package to develop and simulate a milled product. You will also study manufacturing process technologies and production costing calculations. There will be an introduction to business processes and theory within engineering companies and different project management techniques. This is tied together with the underpinning of mathematical theory and materials science, including metal and polymer experiments.

During the second year you will continue to study and expand your understanding of manufacturing process examining the latest manufacturing theories and their effect on production capacity in terms of rapid introduction of products to a competitive marketplace.  You will also study statistics to enable you to control and measure production output, product tolerances and quality. You will also be introduced to the management of production resources, incorporating the latest techniques of organisation of the work area. The business processes and theories from the first year will be applied through the production of a business plan. This can all be used in your company relevant project that will also demonstrate your ability to project manage. If successful, you graduate at this point with an HNC and if you achieve the necessary grades you have the option to progress to the Foundation Degree.

In this third year of study you will develop automated manufacturing further, with the study of industrial robotics, both from a theoretical and practical view point. Further and more detailed techniques for the management of quality within manufacturing are also introduced. A more detailed company relevant major project is undertaken to demonstrate you can apply what you have learned over the last three years. You will also undertake writing your first academic paper for possible publication. To link in with the requirements for the IED you will also undertake Continual Professional Development and a work based log throughout the year.

 

HNC Years 1 and 2 - Level 4 (Part time over 2 academic years or full time over 1 academic year)                  

  • Analytical Methods for Manufacturing
  • Business and Project Management
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Project
  • Supply Chain Management

FdEng  Year 3 - Level 5 (1 calendar year)

  • Industrial Robotics
  • Major Project
  • Quality Management
  • The Engineering Professional
  • Work Based Unit

These courses have been specifically designed, in consultation with Industry and Professional Institutions, to enable those predominately working in engineering to study alongside their work. Our HNCs and Foundation Degrees in engineering are ideally suited to those who are looking to gain the essential skills to advance their career in a variety of engineering roles.

This course is also offered as a Degree Apprenticeship. Please click here for more information.

HNC

  • Four GCSEs at at least grade 4/C, to include Maths and English, or an equivalent qualification, plus
  • One A Level at grade C in a relevant subject or equivalent AVCE or National Diploma / Certificate (or equivalent UK or overseas qualifications)
  • Students with a National Certificate or National Diploma in Manufacturing or Engineering (Mechanical Design) should normally have a Merit in Mathematics and/or Mechanical Principles, or
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Applicants should have good literacy and numerical skills appropriate to the programme, a good undertsanding of computing and an aptitude for technical work

UCAS tariff points 32 from one full A Level or equivalent Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject

Relevant subjects: Physics, Maths, CDT, Engineering

 

FdEng

120 credits from an HNC in an appropriate discipline

Normally at least 40 credits should be at Merit level or above and 20 of these credits should be from a mathematical analytical unit

 

 

Assessment is by a variety of methods depending on the nature of the unit, these include but are not inclusive:

  • Assessments

  • Projects

  • Presentations

  • Tests

  • Practical work

  • Groups work

  • Laboratory work

  • Literature review

  • Research

A Work Based learning unit is incorporated within the FdEng Programmes. Reflective logs are used to facilitate students’ learning and encourage the transferability of knowledge between study and the workplace. The unit is designed to encourage the students to review what they do at work in light of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), fulfilling the competence and commitment requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Project units, at both level 4 and 5 are, wherever possible, company-based and employer-supported ‘live’ projects. As a result, the project reinforces the aspirations of the students’ chosen areas of academic study and offers an element of work-based learning.

It is also a requirement for any students not employed in engineering to undertake a work placement within local industry during the programme’s calendar year. This is to further their understanding of industrial practice and appreciation of a real engineering working environment. This period will enable the students to complete a reflective logbook for use in the Work Based learning unit.

Site visits, presentations by and discussions with industry representatives will also ensure that a “real world” understanding of project management is achieved.

For learners undertaking a Degree Apprenticeship supporting evidence for the end point assessment requirements can be taken from the Work Based Unit report and the work based learning elements of the programme.

 

 

Progression to the BEng/MEng (Hons) Engineering is an option for appropriate students.

Roles in Planning, Estimating, Quality and Production Supervision/Management.

HNC - £3,250 per academic year

FdEng - £4,000

Students who are eligible, can apply for a student loan with Student Finance.

Covid-19  

Please see Coronavirus information | Bournemouth University for the latest Covid-19 information from BU. 

Attendance: Part time over 3 years (2 academic years for the HNC plus 1 calendar year for the FdEng) or full time over 2 years (1 academic year for the HNC plus 1 calendar year for the FdEng)

Applications: Please note that students taking the part-time HNC/FdEng should apply directly to The Bournemouth & Poole College and not via the UCAS process.

If you meet the entry requirements and would like to apply, simply click on the 'Apply Now' button on this page.

If you have any questions regarding the course, please contact;

The Higher Education Unit +44 (0)1202 205180
email: heunit@bpc.ac.uk

 

Venue: The course is delivered at The College's North Road campus, Poole

The college reserves the right to make changes to the information given, including the addition, withdrawal, re-location or restructuring of courses.

Awarding Body:
Bournemouth University

Curriculum Area:
Engineering - Engineering and Electronics

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