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Electrical/Electronic Engineering Higher National Diploma (Top-up)

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The course is for those who want to build up their engineering skills and work towards becoming a professional engineer. The course will develop skills and knowledge that will allow you to bring together engineering elements in project based assignments related to the needs of the engineering sector.

The courses provide a specialist vocational programme with strong work related emphasis. 

Students will build both academic and practical skills with a range of practical building projects throughout the two years including; ladder logic systems, and monitoring systems using mobile phones.

Our career pathways show you a typical route through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the careers these programmes could lead onto.

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What I'll learn

With this pogramme you can specialise in electrical power, electronics engineering or both. 

During your first year, you will study the following topics:

  • Engineering Design 
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science 
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles

During your second year, you will learn about:

  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
  • Automation, Robotics and PLC’s 
  • Digital Principles 
  • Electronic Circuits and Devices 

 

How I'll learn

The units are delivered through a variety of techniques to suit all different learning styles. The class work includes: group work, pair activities, investigations, discussions, experiments and note taking.

You will have access to advanced engineering systems including PLC/microprocessor programming devices, modern CAD and 3D printer equipment and access to high standard electronic laboratory and mechanical workshop areas.

You will be provided with a suitably equipped place to work when attending college, which will include access to specialist staff, IT facilities and other learning resources which will be appropriate for the nature of work you will be required to undertake. Support with students with disabilities is also available. 

 

How I'll be assessed

The assessment you undergo could be formative or summative:

  • Formative - Designed to provide you with feedback on your progress and inform you of your on-going development. Formative assessments, such as in class exercises, tests, activities, do not form part of your grade.
  • Summative - Designed to provide a measure of your achievement in respect of your performance in relation to the intended learning outcomes of your programme of study. In other words, the end of Unit assignments will determine your grades.

You will be asked to participate in formative and summative assessment procedures which may require you to consider and grade your own work against the agreed assessment criteria. This allows you to reflect upon your own practice, with tutors, and to take responsibility for acknowledging areas of strength and weakness in your work.

 

Entry Requirements

A typical offer would be a BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Merit or Distinction with GCSE Maths and English C grade or above/ Functional Skills at Level 2. A-levels in Maths, Science or IT.

We will consider alternative qualifications or equivalent experience equivalent. Please contact us to discuss your circumstances. 

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 minimum level 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing components.

 

How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page.

You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs.) Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.