What are the entry requirements?
For learners who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:
- have completed an Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship or a BTEC Level 3 qualification in engineering
- other related level 3 qualifications - A or AS levels in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics subjects and GCSEs in English, Maths, and Science (grade C or above)
- have related work experience or employment in engineering at Level 3
Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.
What does this programme involve?
Learners studying for Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Manufacturing Engineering will be expected to develop the following skills during the programme of study:
- analyse, synthesise and summarise information critically
- read and use appropriate literature with a full and critical understanding
- think independently, solve problems and devise innovative solutions
- take responsibility for their own learning and recognise their own learning style
- apply subject knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems
- design, plan, conduct and report on investigations
- use their knowledge, understanding and skills to evaluate and formulate evidence-based
arguments critically and identify solutions to clearly defined problems of a general routine
- communicate the results of their study and other work accurately and reliably using a range
of specialist techniques
- identify and address their own major learning needs within defined contexts and to
undertake guided further learning in new areas
- apply their subject-related and transferable skills in contexts where the scope of the task and
the criteria for decisions are generally well defined but where some personal responsibility
and initiative is required.
You will achieve either:
Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNC in Manufacturing Engineering
Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNC in Electrical & Electronic Engineering
How is the programme taught and assessed?
In order to get the best out of studying at this level you will need commitment, discipline and initiative. Study techniques such as:
-advanced research techniques
-assessing the validity of a source
- will be essential to your success.
The BTEC Higher National is assessed through a range of different methods, which may combine report writing, practical demonstrations, presentations and producing finished products. BTECs are hands-on vocational qualifications, and so you should expect your assessments to mirror the kind of work you would be completing in the Engineering sector.
Your tutor will set assignments for the qualification. Each assignment will include a set of assessment criteria that you must achieve in order to pass the assignment. In addition, there are opportunities to stretch yourself and achieve higher grades - Merit / Distinction.
What else do I need to know?
Typical job roles could be:
Manufacturing Technician - Set up complex CNC production processing facilities for manufacturing operations, ensuring wherever possible these are as 'lean' as possible.
Controls Technician (Mechanical Testing) - Work with other engineers and managers to discuss and develop rigs and systems design and support, to ensure smooth running of projects and effective delivery of the mechanical testing process.
Production Technician - Supervise and provide technical guidance to quality inspectors and junior engineering staff. Provide technical support to production and assist with product development. Solve technical issues within company and sub-contactors, suppliers and customers.
Mechanical Systems Technician - Apply scientific and mathematical principles to the design, manufacture and operation of efficient machines, processes and systems.
Quality Technician - Develop and define project quality programme and plans, ensure
continuous and effective operation of project quality performance and plans, perform project quality assurance auditing of contractors and suppliers.
Environmental Test Technician - Carry out and report on tests carried out on products to determine life cycles, safely compliance, environmental impact and customer specification requirements.
Electronics Production Technician - Liaison between Electronics, Design and Manufacturing facilities, actively co-ordinating and communicating electronics build, service allocation, and planning requirements.
Electrical / Electronics Engineering Technician - Development, manufacture and testing of electrical / electronic components for use; including instrumentation & power systems, ensuring compliance with relevant standards and quality requirements.
Electronics Development Technician - Design and develop analogue, digital, small power electronics and microprocessor systems for real time and industrial automation projects.
Please call to discuss your requirements.
Dates for the diary
Our part-time open event is held every June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.
How do I apply?
Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.