|Teaching Institution||Awarding Organisation|
Mode of Study
Part-time (1 day a week)
Location of Study
London Road Campus
Total Guided Learning Hours (GL) – 480 Hours
QAA Subject Benchmarks
100202 manufacturing engineering
|Criteria for Admission to the Programme|| |
Minimum 10 Maximum 15
Applicants will be advised w/c the 27 August 2021 if insufficient numbers have been recruited to make the course viable.
£4,625 / £7,425 per year
Please refer to the published fee policy for information on international fees, when your fees are due and how they will be collected.
Date of Production
Proposed Revision Date
This Programme Specification provides useful information about your course being delivered at Shrewsbury Colleges Group, how it will be delivered and how you will be assessed - it should be read in conjunction with the Programme Specification you were provided with during recruitment and the Edexcel/BTEC Higher National Specification for this award.
We hope you choose to come and study with us at Shrewsbury Colleges Group and take advantage of the opportunity to access Higher Education locally in Shropshire.
Welcome from Curriculum Leader:
Here at Shrewsbury Colleges Group, we are committed to providing vocationally relevant and industry-specific Engineering courses and enabling our students to both enjoy an informative journey and gain crucial knowledge and skills and within their chosen area. All courses provide challenge and enable our students to both express themselves and understand their work in a wider context through research and analysis of the work of others. We pride ourselves on working with both regional and national employers in varying Engineering sectors, to ensure that we are providing our students with the most up to date and relevant teaching possible.
We welcome you and look forward to working with you throughout your course here at Shrewsbury Colleges Group.
At Shrewsbury Colleges Group we are committed to providing vocationally relevant arts education for the creative industries and enabling our students to both enjoy a creative journey and gain crucial employability skills within their chosen area. We strive with our students to make the creative journey from student to working professional achievable and enjoyable. All creative courses provide challenge and enable our students to both express themselves and understand their work in a wider context through research and analysis of the work of others. We are building our visiting lecturer and study visits programme, to provide a programme of both personal and professional development for all of our students. In this area we do recognise that not all of our learners will be involved in career-changing and perhaps have come to Music Technology after a full working life, for these students we involve them fully in the working life of our faculty and they provide a great sounding board for some of younger students. A cultural mix of age’s abilities and outlooks provide for a healthy and dynamic creative atmosphere that benefits all our learners. We welcome you and look forward to working with you throughout your course here at Shrewsbury Colleges Group.
Overview of the Award – what does the course involve?
To study at Higher Education level, you must be more of an independent learner, managing your own study, meeting deadlines and developing the techniques and strategies for independent work. In addition to scheduled classes, we expect you to do a substantial amount of private study to understand the topics covered in class, to extend your knowledge beyond the class, to develop skills and to complete assignments. There is no shortcut to independent learning nor is there a single correct way to get there - all of us have to develop a system that suits us. You must work to develop the way that suits you.
Pearson’s BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to provide a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards where appropriate. They offer a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding.
The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and their national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment.
A key progression path for Pearson’s BTEC HNC learners is to the BTEC HND or University Foundation Degree/Degree.
Aims of the programme:
The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of some sector-specific skills and experience through the specialist units in each pathway, with the opportunity to pursue a particular interest through the appropriate selection of optional units. This effectively builds underpinning core skills while preparing the student for more intense subject specialisation at Level 5. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace activities.
Programme Learning Outcomes
The HNC in Manufacturing Engineering is designed to support both the technical and personal development of students in the following ways:
- Providing the opportunity for educational experiences that assist career development and prepare students to participate in project teams, and enable them to think critically about how the team can work on technological innovation
- Developing knowledge of underlying principles of science, engineering and design as they apply to the contemporary engineering industry
- Developing skills that have usefulness in any working environment in a technological setting
- Helping students respond positively to change and take up opportunities thus created
- Providing the opportunity for students to progress to a BSc honours degree at Staffordshire University.
- Developing the communication skills necessary to take full advantage of the course and to optimise career potential
- Helping students to appreciate the benefits of time management
- Developing organisational skills, responsibility for the work of others, and the importance of team membership
- Developing student initiative and self-motivation and thus increase confidence and self-reliance.
- Offering students opportunities to develop employability and other transferable skills to support career development and continuing education
- Providing preparation for a range of technical and management careers
- Creating the opportunity to engage in Personal Development Planning (PDP).
This programme is distinctive because:
Students are given the opportunity to design projects and assignment work. Teaching staff all have industry-relevant experience and use this to generate ‘real world’ opportunities for study and practice. The teaching staff still work in the industry and often provide students with the opportunity to communicate and interact with other professionals in the field. Students wishing to pursue a career in community-based work, teaching or workshop delivery are given the opportunity to gain experience and make professional connections which have in previous years led to paid work. All students are encouraged and supported to develop entrepreneurial skills, to seek out work opportunities suitable for their skills and career aspirations.
All Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals have been designed and developed with consideration of National Occupational Standards, where relevant, and have been mapped to relevant Professional Body standards.
Employability skills such as team working and entrepreneurialism as well as practical hands-on skills have been built into the design of the learning aims and content. This gives you the opportunity to use relevant contexts, scenarios and materials to enable students to develop a portfolio of evidence demonstrating the breadth of their skills and knowledge in a way that equips them for employment.
Programme Structure, Modules and Credits
The programme is comprised of eight separate units of study. Each unit has a value of 15 credits.
You must achieve a minimum of 120 credits (of which at least 65 must be at level 4) on your programme of learning to be awarded a Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC.
|Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering||Unit credit||Level|
|Core unit Mandatory||Engineering Design||15||4|
|Core unit Mandatory||Engineering Maths||15||4|
|Core unit Mandatory||Engineering Science||15||4|
|Core unit Mandatory||Production Engineering and Manufacturing||15||4|
|Core unit Mandatory||Quality & Process Improvement||15||4|
|Core unit Mandatory||Mechanical Principles||15||4|
|Core unit Mandatory||Managing a Professional Engineering Project||15||4|
|Core unit Mandatory||Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines||15||4|
Teaching and Assessment
Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals are assessed using a combination of internally assessed centre-devised internal assignments (which are set and marked by centres) and internally assessed Pearson set assignments (which are set by Pearson and marked by centres). Pearson set assignments are mandatory and target industry-specific skills. The number and value of these units are dependent on qualification size.
- For the HNC, one core, 15-credit, unit at Level 4 will be assessed by a mandatory Pearson set assignment targeted at particular skills.
All Modules will be individually graded as ‘pass’, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’. To achieve a pass grade for the Module you must meet the assessment criteria set out in the specifications. This gives transparency to the assessment process and provides for the establishment of national standards for each qualification.
The Modules in Pearson’s BTEC Higher National qualifications all have a standard format which is designed to provide guidance on the requirements of the qualification for you, your tutors and those responsible for monitoring national standards. The purpose of assessment is to ensure that effective learning of the content of each Module has taken place. Evidence of this learning, or the application of the learning, is required for each Module.
The assessment of the evidence relates directly to the assessment criteria for each Module, supported by the generic grade descriptors.
The process of assessment can aid effective learning by seeking and interpreting evidence to decide the stage that you have reached in your learning, what further learning needs to take place and how best to do this. Therefore, the process of assessment is part of the effective planning of teaching and learning by providing opportunities for both you and your assessor to obtain information about progress towards learning goals.
You and your tutor must be actively engaged in promoting a common understanding of the assessment criteria and the grade descriptors (what it is you are trying to achieve and how well you achieve it) for further learning to take place. Therefore, you will receive constructive feedback and guidance about how you may improve by capitalising on your strengths and clear and constructive comments about your weaknesses and how these might be addressed.
Your assessments are constructed by your module tutors. They collectively ensure coverage of all assessment criteria within each Module and provide opportunities for the evidencing of all the grade descriptors.
How will I be taught?
In deciding how modules should be taught and how learning will take place and be assessed, two important principles have been used:
- Each module should be taught and assessed in the way that best fits the subject matter rather than imposing common learning and assessment methods across all modules
- That the student should have the opportunity to experience a variety of different ways of working and to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in the most appropriate way.
Formal lectures enable tutors to impart ideas and information to groups of students, whilst creating the opportunity to stimulate discussions and bring forward areas the students find challenging. Students can be brought together for lectures across the pathways; this improves group dynamics and supports the HE experience where students are gaining much of their experience in the workplace.
This is an essential feature of the course and may take place in a number of settings, including the computer laboratory or classroom. Practical work is required for preparation, assessment and other course work.
This is a particularly effective approach to learning and involves you on your own or in a project group being asked to investigate, collect and analyse information and generate new knowledge. This will facilitate deep as opposed to shallow learning and develops many of the Staffordshire Graduate attributes. You will practice and develop enquiry-based learning through a number of modules on this course.
How will I be assessed?
The grading of Pearson’s BTEC Higher National qualifications is at the Module and the qualification level.
Each successfully completed Module will be graded as a pass, merit or distinction.
A pass is awarded for the achievement of all outcomes against the specified assessment criteria.
Merit and distinction grades are awarded for higher-level achievement. The generic merit and distinction grader descriptors listed above are for grading the total evidence produced for each Module and describe the learner’s performance over and above that for a pass grade. They can be achieved in a flexible way, for example in a sequential or holistic mode, to reflect the nature of the sector concerned.
Each of the generic merit and distinction grade descriptors can be amplified by the use of indicative characteristics. These give a guide to the expected learner performance and support the generic grade descriptors. The indicative characteristics should reflect the nature of a Module and the context of the sector performance.
Full-time applications for this Award need to be made through UCAS at: www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/register
Part-time applications for this Award need to be made directly to our Admissions Team via the online application form on our website.
For more information on our application process or to receive the application form in an alternative format, please follow the link below or contact our admissions teams on 01743 342346.
Students will be provided with a structured Induction Programme covering:
The College has a HE Student Charter which sets out the standards of conduct expected of tutors and students on the programme with us. Follow the link below for more information.
What happens if I fail a unit?
All students are entitled to one re-submission opportunity if the work they initially submit is judged to have failed.
The College has formal procedures for appeals if you have grounds for believing that your work has not been assessed fairly. For further information, please speak to your course tutor or the curriculum area leader within seven days of your assessment being returned. Follow the link below for more information.
Assessment and Award Boards
All summative assessment grades are agreed at formal Assessment and Award Boards held at regular intervals throughout the year at the College.
Support for students with additional needs
We aim to ensure that individual needs are met before starting a course and during the course of study.
These will be advertised and accessible to all HE students. The HE tutor will also be available to work with and support learners with an identified additional learning need or disability. If you’re a current HE student or prospective HE student with additional learning needs the sooner you inform us the earlier we can discuss and advise you on the support available for you while you study.
Alternatively, visit www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/overview
Quality improvement: Listening to your views
We aim to make your experience both worthwhile and enjoyable and to continually improve the quality of our awards. Therefore, we value your feedback about the quality of our programmes. Student Consultatives will be held every term and a nominated representative from your group will attend these to provide feedback on your experience, please let your Course Tutor know if you would like to become a student representative. An end of course review will also be carried out to obtain your feedback.
We really hope you never have any reason to be dissatisfied with the delivery of your course and/or the support we provide you with here at Shrewsbury Colleges Group, however, we are aware that sometimes things go wrong. If your concerns are affecting the whole of your group please use the Student Consultative meetings to air your concerns and enable us to resolve your complaint, if able.
If your concern is of a more personal nature, in the first instance we would always encourage you to talk over your concerns with your Course Tutor or whoever it is that has been providing the service you are unhappy about, often things can be resolved quickly in these circumstances. The HE and Education Lead is also available to chat things over on a one-one basis.
If you wish to formalise your complaint you will need to access the guidance in our HE complaints policy.
If following your complaint/appeal to the College you feel that our regulations have not been applied properly or procedures followed incorrectly The Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) can consider whether the decision made by ourselves was fair and reasonable. More information can be found here.
Term and Conditions/Policies and Procedures
Please ensure the Terms and Conditions you are issued with at offer stage are retained for your reference.
Policies and procedures to support you during your studies can be found via the link below.
During the year it may be necessary to make minor changes to our Terms and Conditions/Policies and Procedures. We will advise you of any such changes once you have accepted an offer with ourselves and update our website accordingly.
HE Regulatory Information
Regulatory information can be found via the following link.