Important Entry Requirement & Application Update

Once you've applied, you will be invited to attend a virtual information event at the beginning of 2021. At this event, you will have the opportunity to find out more about your course, meet the staff and ask any questions that you may have.

Is this course right for me?

If you are employed or have experience within the engineering industry, this course will provide you with the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification which can be used for career development or to enter study at degree level.

It is suitable for people who are employed, for example, in systems design, manufacture, maintenance and technical services areas of the mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering industries. It is also a suitable course if you have completed a Level 3 qualification and wish to further develop your skills with a view to employment in the engineering industry.

The first eight units represents the minimum credits required to be awarded a HNC. These units are equally split between mandatory core units, Electrical/Electronic units and Engineering units.

In order to develop as an all-round Engineer, the further four units listed have been included to give the student a better experience both in-terms of Engineering knowledge and academic/scholastic achievement.

Although these units would only be delivered if enough interest was generated, it is highly recommended that students undertake them as optional extra units at the current extra unit cost.

Specialist additional pathways (subject to number of applications): 

Available at the Llangefni campus:

• HNC General Engineering

• HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering

• HNC Mechanical Engineering

Available at the Rhos-on-Sea campus:

• HNC General Engineering

Additional information

More detailed information on Modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.

Fees

Visit the Financial Support and Finance page for more information.

Additional Costs

Additional costs may be associated with the following:

  • Travel associated with attending the programme and work experience, outside visits, field trips, suitable clothing for work/placement, additional printing above allowance, memory sticks, other stationery related costs.
  • It may also be advantageous, but not a requirement, to purchase various software products that are used on the course, such software requirements will be discussed during the interview process.
  • At times, there may be outside visits to companies, events/shows etc, and the student should budget for this.

More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.

Start date

September

Entry requirements:

Language requirements:

  • GCSE in Welsh or English as first language, grade C or above
  • Any degrees, diplomas or certificates eligible should have been taught and assessed in Welsh or English, or
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Level 4, English fluency to IELTS 5.5 or higher (with no element less than 5.0)

Academic requirements:

Minimum entry requirement of 32 UCAS tariff points with at least 16 points from a full A-Level or equivalent level 3 qualification.

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile should be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent)
  • GCSE Mathematics/Numeracy, grade C or above, or Key/Essential Skill equivalent level.  For applicants without these qualifications, evidence of numeracy skills at a suitable level to meet the demands of the programme successfully, will need to be demonstrated.
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • A relevant Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience
  • An international equivalent of the above

Applications are welcomed from students who do not meet the standard entry criteria but who have relevant experience. In such cases, all applicants will be interviewed, and each application will be treated on its individual merits as per Grwp Llandrillo Menai policy. 

Delivery:

The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Lectures 
  • Tutorials 
  • Workshops 
  • Lab work 
  • Student centred learning 
  • Virtual learning environment (MOODLE)

Timetable

Part-time: 2 years, 1 day per week (typically afternoon and evening)

Assessment:

The course is assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Assignments in the form of Engineering reports 
  • Presentations
  • Practical assignments 
  • Portfolio

Feedback

Where relevant, assessments will be marked and returned to students with constructive and developmental feedback. Effective feedback combines information which enables students to understand the strengths and limitations of their past performance, and information which enables them to recognise how future performance can be improved. Students will be provided with feedback in a timely manner and this feedback will justify how the grade has been awarded. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the feedback given and identify their strengths, things they found challenging and areas for development that they will feed forward to their next assessment. Feedback will include linking evidence to assessment criteria to demonstrate how the student will have met the learning outcomes.

Progression:

The Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in General Engineering have been developed with career progression and recognition by professional bodies in mind.

It is essential that learners gain the maximum benefit from their programme of study. The development of this qualification has been informed by discussions/relevant publications from the Engineering Council UK (EC (UK)) and the Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance (SEMTA).

Additional campus/course information:

  • Dolgellau

    The HNC General Engineering provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the engineering sector and also offers particular specialist emphasis through the choice of specialist units. The qualifications are mode free but they are primarily undertaken by part-time learners studying over two years. In some sectors, there are opportunities for those wishing to complete an intensive programme of study in a shorter period of time. There are additional funding opportunities available for this course, if you are employed for more than 16 hours per week in an appropriate vocational setting.

    Specialist additional pathways are available  at the Llangefni campus depending on optional units undertaken as indicated with brackets after the module title which lead to one of the three pathways:

    • HNC General Engineering
    • HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • HNC Mechanical Engineering

    Level 4 modules

    Engineering Design (15 credits, core) (all sites)

    The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the methodical steps that engineers use in creating functional products and processes; from a design brief to the work, and the stages involved in identifying and justifying a solution to a given engineering need. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments; Portfolio)

    Engineering Maths (15 credits, core) (all sites)

    The aim of this unit is to develop students’ skills in the mathematical principles and theories that underpin the engineering curriculum. Students will be introduced to mathematical methods and statistical techniques in order to analyse and solve problems within an engineering context. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports)

    Engineering Science (15 credits, core) (all sites)

    This unit introduces students to the fundamental laws and applications of the physical sciences within engineering and how to apply this knowledge to find solutions to a variety of engineering problems.

    Among the topics included in this unit are: international system of units, interpreting data, static and dynamic forces, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, material properties and failure, and A.C. /D.C. circuit theories. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments; Portfolio)

    Managing a Professional Engineering Project (15 credits, core) (all sites)              

    This unit introduces students to the techniques and best practices required to successfully create and manage an engineering project designed to identify a solution to an engineering need. While carrying out this project students will consider the role and function of engineering in our society, the professional duties and responsibilities expected of engineers together with the behaviours that accompany their actions. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments; Portfolio)

    Mechanical Principles (15 credits, mandatory) (Rhos, Dolgellau) (Mechanical pathway Llangefni)            

    The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the essential mechanical principles associated with engineering applications. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments)

    Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems (15 credits, mandatory) (Rhos, Dolgellau)     

    The aim of this module is to develop students’ knowledge and appreciation of the applications of fluid power systems in modern industry. Students will investigate and design pneumatic, hydraulic, electro-pneumatic and electro-hydraulic systems. This unit offers the opportunity for students to examine the characteristics of fluid power components and evaluate work-related practices and applications of these systems. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Practical assignments)

    Electrical Systems and Fault Finding (15 credits, mandatory) (Rhos, Dolgellau)  

    This unit introduces students to the characteristics and operational parameters of a range of electrical system components that are used in a variety of applications; and how to fault find when they go wrong. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments)

    Electrical and Electronic Principles (15 credits, mandatory) (Rhos, Dolgellau) (Electrical/Electronic pathway Llangefni)

    Electrical engineering is mainly concerned with the movement of energy and power in electrical form, and its generation and consumption. Electronics is mainly concerned with the manipulation of information, which may be acquired, stored, processed or transmitted in electrical form. Both depend on the same set of physical principles, though their applications differ widely. A study of electrical or electronic engineering depends very much on these underlying principles; these form the foundation for any qualification in the field, and are the basis of this unit. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments)

    Digital Principles (Electrical/Electronic pathway Llangefni)         

    The unit introduces the two main branches of digital electronics, combinational and sequential. Thus the student gains familiarity in the fundamental elements of digital circuits, notably different types of logic gates and bistables. The techniques by which such circuits are analysed are introduced and applied, including Truth Tables, Boolean algebra, Karnaugh Maps, and Timing Diagrams. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports)

    Electronic Circuits and Devices (Electrical/Electronic pathway Llangefni)              

    This unit introduces students to the use of electronics manufacturers’ data to analyse the performance of circuits and devices, the operational characteristics of amplifier circuits, the types and effects of feedback on a circuit performance, and the operation and application of oscillators. They will also be introduced to the application of testing procedures to electronic devices and circuits, and use the findings of the tests to evaluate their operation. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Practical assignments)

    Further Electrical, Electronic and Digital Principles (Electrical/Electronic pathway Llangefni)       

    The emphasis in this unit will be in developing a structured approach to the analysis of AC single-phase and three-phase powered circuitry. This will help students to arrive at the solution in the most efficient way, with the greatest probability of it being correct. In addition, students will be introduced to the expanding use of computers, using specialised software to solve electrical, electronic and digital circuits. This will allow students to develop the necessary confidence and competence in the four key areas of mathematical techniques, circuit analysis, circuit simulation and laboratory practice. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Practical assignments)

    Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) (Mechanical pathway Llangefni)

    This unit introduces students to all the stages of the CAD/CAM process and to the process of modelling components using CAD software specifically suitable for transferring to CAM software. Among the topics included in this unit are: programming methods, component set-up, tooling, solid modelling, geometry manipulation, component drawing, importing solid model, manufacturing simulation, data transfer, CNC machine types and inspections. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Portfolio)

    Materials, Properties and Testing (Mechanical pathway Llangefni)         

    This unit introduces students to the atomic structure of materials and the way it affects the properties, physical nature and performance characteristics of common manufacturing materials; how these properties are tested, and modified by various processing treatments; and problems that occur which can cause materials to fail in service. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Practical assignments)

    Production Engineering for Manufacture (Mechanical pathway Llangefni)          

    All of the manufactured products we use in our daily lives, from processed food to clothing and cars, are the result of production engineering. Production engineers need to have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all the possible production technologies available, their advantages and disadvantages, the requirements of the production system operation and the interaction between the various components of the production system. This unit introduces students to the production process for key material types; the various types of machinery used to manufacture products and the different ways of organising production systems to optimise the production process; consideration of how to measure the effectiveness of a production system within the overall context of the manufacturing system; and an examination of how production engineering contributes to ensuring safe and reliable operation of manufacturing. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Practical assignments)

  • Llangefni

    The HNC General Engineering provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the engineering sector and also offers particular specialist emphasis through the choice of specialist units. The qualifications are mode free but they are primarily undertaken by part-time learners studying over two years. In some sectors, there are opportunities for those wishing to complete an intensive programme of study in a shorter period of time. There are additional funding opportunities available for this course, if you are employed for more than 16 hours per week in an appropriate vocational setting.

    Specialist additional pathways are available  at the Llangefni campus depending on optional units undertaken as indicated with brackets after the module title which lead to one of the three pathways:

    • HNC General Engineering
    • HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • HNC Mechanical Engineering

    Level 4 modules

    Engineering Design (15 credits, core) (all sites)

    The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the methodical steps that engineers use in creating functional products and processes; from a design brief to the work, and the stages involved in identifying and justifying a solution to a given engineering need. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments; Portfolio)

    Engineering Maths (15 credits, core) (all sites)

    The aim of this unit is to develop students’ skills in the mathematical principles and theories that underpin the engineering curriculum. Students will be introduced to mathematical methods and statistical techniques in order to analyse and solve problems within an engineering context. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports)

    Engineering Science (15 credits, core) (all sites)

    This unit introduces students to the fundamental laws and applications of the physical sciences within engineering and how to apply this knowledge to find solutions to a variety of engineering problems.

    Among the topics included in this unit are: international system of units, interpreting data, static and dynamic forces, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, material properties and failure, and A.C. /D.C. circuit theories. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments; Portfolio)

    Managing a Professional Engineering Project (15 credits, core) (all sites)              

    This unit introduces students to the techniques and best practices required to successfully create and manage an engineering project designed to identify a solution to an engineering need. While carrying out this project students will consider the role and function of engineering in our society, the professional duties and responsibilities expected of engineers together with the behaviours that accompany their actions. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments; Portfolio)

    Mechanical Principles (15 credits, mandatory) (Rhos, Dolgellau) (Mechanical pathway Llangefni)            

    The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the essential mechanical principles associated with engineering applications. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments)

    Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems (15 credits, mandatory) (Rhos, Dolgellau)     

    The aim of this module is to develop students’ knowledge and appreciation of the applications of fluid power systems in modern industry. Students will investigate and design pneumatic, hydraulic, electro-pneumatic and electro-hydraulic systems. This unit offers the opportunity for students to examine the characteristics of fluid power components and evaluate work-related practices and applications of these systems. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Practical assignments)

    Electrical Systems and Fault Finding (15 credits, mandatory) (Rhos, Dolgellau)  

    This unit introduces students to the characteristics and operational parameters of a range of electrical system components that are used in a variety of applications; and how to fault find when they go wrong. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments)

    Electrical and Electronic Principles (15 credits, mandatory) (Rhos, Dolgellau) (Electrical/Electronic pathway Llangefni)

    Electrical engineering is mainly concerned with the movement of energy and power in electrical form, and its generation and consumption. Electronics is mainly concerned with the manipulation of information, which may be acquired, stored, processed or transmitted in electrical form. Both depend on the same set of physical principles, though their applications differ widely. A study of electrical or electronic engineering depends very much on these underlying principles; these form the foundation for any qualification in the field, and are the basis of this unit. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments)

    Digital Principles (Electrical/Electronic pathway Llangefni)         

    The unit introduces the two main branches of digital electronics, combinational and sequential. Thus the student gains familiarity in the fundamental elements of digital circuits, notably different types of logic gates and bistables. The techniques by which such circuits are analysed are introduced and applied, including Truth Tables, Boolean algebra, Karnaugh Maps, and Timing Diagrams. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports)

    Electronic Circuits and Devices (Electrical/Electronic pathway Llangefni)              

    This unit introduces students to the use of electronics manufacturers’ data to analyse the performance of circuits and devices, the operational characteristics of amplifier circuits, the types and effects of feedback on a circuit performance, and the operation and application of oscillators. They will also be introduced to the application of testing procedures to electronic devices and circuits, and use the findings of the tests to evaluate their operation. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Practical assignments)

    Further Electrical, Electronic and Digital Principles (Electrical/Electronic pathway Llangefni)       

    The emphasis in this unit will be in developing a structured approach to the analysis of AC single-phase and three-phase powered circuitry. This will help students to arrive at the solution in the most efficient way, with the greatest probability of it being correct. In addition, students will be introduced to the expanding use of computers, using specialised software to solve electrical, electronic and digital circuits. This will allow students to develop the necessary confidence and competence in the four key areas of mathematical techniques, circuit analysis, circuit simulation and laboratory practice. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Practical assignments)

    Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) (Mechanical pathway Llangefni)

    This unit introduces students to all the stages of the CAD/CAM process and to the process of modelling components using CAD software specifically suitable for transferring to CAM software. Among the topics included in this unit are: programming methods, component set-up, tooling, solid modelling, geometry manipulation, component drawing, importing solid model, manufacturing simulation, data transfer, CNC machine types and inspections. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Portfolio)

    Materials, Properties and Testing (Mechanical pathway Llangefni)         

    This unit introduces students to the atomic structure of materials and the way it affects the properties, physical nature and performance characteristics of common manufacturing materials; how these properties are tested, and modified by various processing treatments; and problems that occur which can cause materials to fail in service. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Practical assignments)

    Production Engineering for Manufacture (Mechanical pathway Llangefni)          

    All of the manufactured products we use in our daily lives, from processed food to clothing and cars, are the result of production engineering. Production engineers need to have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all the possible production technologies available, their advantages and disadvantages, the requirements of the production system operation and the interaction between the various components of the production system. This unit introduces students to the production process for key material types; the various types of machinery used to manufacture products and the different ways of organising production systems to optimise the production process; consideration of how to measure the effectiveness of a production system within the overall context of the manufacturing system; and an examination of how production engineering contributes to ensuring safe and reliable operation of manufacturing. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Practical assignments)

  • Rhos-on-Sea

    The HNC General Engineering provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the engineering sector and also offers particular specialist emphasis through the choice of specialist units. The qualifications are mode free but they are primarily undertaken by part-time learners studying over two years. In some sectors, there are opportunities for those wishing to complete an intensive programme of study in a shorter period of time. There are additional funding opportunities available for this course, if you are employed for more than 16 hours per week in an appropriate vocational setting.

    Specialist additional pathways are available  at the Llangefni campus depending on optional units undertaken as indicated with brackets after the module title which lead to one of the three pathways:

    • HNC General Engineering
    • HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • HNC Mechanical Engineering

    Level 4 modules

    Engineering Design (15 credits, core) (all sites)

    The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the methodical steps that engineers use in creating functional products and processes; from a design brief to the work, and the stages involved in identifying and justifying a solution to a given engineering need. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments; Portfolio)

    Engineering Maths (15 credits, core) (all sites)

    The aim of this unit is to develop students’ skills in the mathematical principles and theories that underpin the engineering curriculum. Students will be introduced to mathematical methods and statistical techniques in order to analyse and solve problems within an engineering context. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports)

    Engineering Science (15 credits, core) (all sites)

    This unit introduces students to the fundamental laws and applications of the physical sciences within engineering and how to apply this knowledge to find solutions to a variety of engineering problems.

    Among the topics included in this unit are: international system of units, interpreting data, static and dynamic forces, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, material properties and failure, and A.C. /D.C. circuit theories. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments; Portfolio)

    Managing a Professional Engineering Project (15 credits, core) (all sites)              

    This unit introduces students to the techniques and best practices required to successfully create and manage an engineering project designed to identify a solution to an engineering need. While carrying out this project students will consider the role and function of engineering in our society, the professional duties and responsibilities expected of engineers together with the behaviours that accompany their actions. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments; Portfolio)

    Mechanical Principles (15 credits, mandatory) (Rhos, Dolgellau) (Mechanical pathway Llangefni)            

    The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the essential mechanical principles associated with engineering applications. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments)

    Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems (15 credits, mandatory) (Rhos, Dolgellau)     

    The aim of this module is to develop students’ knowledge and appreciation of the applications of fluid power systems in modern industry. Students will investigate and design pneumatic, hydraulic, electro-pneumatic and electro-hydraulic systems. This unit offers the opportunity for students to examine the characteristics of fluid power components and evaluate work-related practices and applications of these systems. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Practical assignments)

    Electrical Systems and Fault Finding (15 credits, mandatory) (Rhos, Dolgellau)  

    This unit introduces students to the characteristics and operational parameters of a range of electrical system components that are used in a variety of applications; and how to fault find when they go wrong. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments)

    Electrical and Electronic Principles (15 credits, mandatory) (Rhos, Dolgellau) (Electrical/Electronic pathway Llangefni)

    Electrical engineering is mainly concerned with the movement of energy and power in electrical form, and its generation and consumption. Electronics is mainly concerned with the manipulation of information, which may be acquired, stored, processed or transmitted in electrical form. Both depend on the same set of physical principles, though their applications differ widely. A study of electrical or electronic engineering depends very much on these underlying principles; these form the foundation for any qualification in the field, and are the basis of this unit. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments)

    Digital Principles (Electrical/Electronic pathway Llangefni)         

    The unit introduces the two main branches of digital electronics, combinational and sequential. Thus the student gains familiarity in the fundamental elements of digital circuits, notably different types of logic gates and bistables. The techniques by which such circuits are analysed are introduced and applied, including Truth Tables, Boolean algebra, Karnaugh Maps, and Timing Diagrams. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports)

    Electronic Circuits and Devices (Electrical/Electronic pathway Llangefni)              

    This unit introduces students to the use of electronics manufacturers’ data to analyse the performance of circuits and devices, the operational characteristics of amplifier circuits, the types and effects of feedback on a circuit performance, and the operation and application of oscillators. They will also be introduced to the application of testing procedures to electronic devices and circuits, and use the findings of the tests to evaluate their operation. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Practical assignments)

    Further Electrical, Electronic and Digital Principles (Electrical/Electronic pathway Llangefni)       

    The emphasis in this unit will be in developing a structured approach to the analysis of AC single-phase and three-phase powered circuitry. This will help students to arrive at the solution in the most efficient way, with the greatest probability of it being correct. In addition, students will be introduced to the expanding use of computers, using specialised software to solve electrical, electronic and digital circuits. This will allow students to develop the necessary confidence and competence in the four key areas of mathematical techniques, circuit analysis, circuit simulation and laboratory practice. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Practical assignments)

    Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) (Mechanical pathway Llangefni)

    This unit introduces students to all the stages of the CAD/CAM process and to the process of modelling components using CAD software specifically suitable for transferring to CAM software. Among the topics included in this unit are: programming methods, component set-up, tooling, solid modelling, geometry manipulation, component drawing, importing solid model, manufacturing simulation, data transfer, CNC machine types and inspections. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Portfolio)

    Materials, Properties and Testing (Mechanical pathway Llangefni)         

    This unit introduces students to the atomic structure of materials and the way it affects the properties, physical nature and performance characteristics of common manufacturing materials; how these properties are tested, and modified by various processing treatments; and problems that occur which can cause materials to fail in service. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Practical assignments)

    Production Engineering for Manufacture (Mechanical pathway Llangefni)          

    All of the manufactured products we use in our daily lives, from processed food to clothing and cars, are the result of production engineering. Production engineers need to have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all the possible production technologies available, their advantages and disadvantages, the requirements of the production system operation and the interaction between the various components of the production system. This unit introduces students to the production process for key material types; the various types of machinery used to manufacture products and the different ways of organising production systems to optimise the production process; consideration of how to measure the effectiveness of a production system within the overall context of the manufacturing system; and an examination of how production engineering contributes to ensuring safe and reliable operation of manufacturing. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Practical assignments)