Where will this course lead?

If you wish to progress on to manufacturing technology management or gain professional recognition by progression to Incorporated Engineer Status, then our HNC in Manufacturing Engineering will give you the qualification to do so. You may be able to progress onto the second year of a Foundation Degree in Manufacturing Engineering at Solihull College and University Centre with opportunities to continue to BEng (Hons) degree at our Woodlands Campus. Alternatively, you may be able to progress onto similar Foundation Degrees, HNDs or degree programmes at other educational establishments.

What will I study?

To gain the BTEC Level 4 HNC in Manufacturing Engineering qualification you must achieve a minimum of 120 credits through completion of both mandatory and additional optional units which include:

· Engineering Design

· Engineering Maths

· Engineering Science

· Managing a Professional Engineering Project

· Production Engineering for Manufacture

· Quality and Process Improvement

There will be two additional units. Please note that these units may vary:

· Computer Aided Design

· Engineering Management

The units are chosen to meet the training needs of those employed or interested in a career in industry. Studies include the relevant theory, practical application, and use of computer simulation software to design and test relevant engineering applications. Underpinning knowledge is provided by the study of Engineering Maths and Engineering Science. In year 2 you will complete a personal project, which draws upon knowledge and skills gained on the course.

Note: The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change. We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated, please contact us for the latest information.

How will this course be delivered?

The course is delivered through various assignments that cover 120 credits over 2 years these will taught through practical demonstrations, workshops, and lectures.

The programme is designed for part time mode of attendance for employed learners.

1 day per week (Part Time) over 2 years.

What qualifications will I get?

You must successfully complete units that equal 120 credits at the end of the course, and you will achieve BTEC Higher National Certificate in Manufacturing Engineering (RQF).

How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed by assignments; each unit assignment is matched to the content of the unit and the criteria being assessed. Each unit will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction levels, and then the unit grades will be aggregated by the awarding organisation to give an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction for the whole qualification.

How do I get a place on the course?

To gain a place on this course, applicants must meet the entry criteria and attend a formal interview. All applications are to be submitted via the college website https://www.solihull.ac.uk/uni-level-learner/how-do-i-apply/.


If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application, we can help with this too. https://www.solihull.ac.uk/uni-level-learner/student-services


What are the entry requirements?

A level 3 BTEC National Qualification, 4 GCSEs grade C or level 4/5 and above, plus at least one A-Levelor 2AS Levels (32 points), in an appropriate subject (Mathematics/Physics/Chemistry).

Other qualifications and combinations of qualifications will be considered and maybe also acceptable - please contact HE.Admissions@solihull.ac.uk

English language requirements

Students who are non-native English speakers or who have not studied the final two years of school in English but can demonstrate capability in English at a standard commensurate to IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 being

awarded on individual sections for a level 4, 5 or 6 qualifications may be considered as eligible to apply for the programme.

What else do I need to know?

This course is a part time program, and you will be expected to attend 1 day per week between the hours of 09:00 - 18:00, timetables will be issued to successful applicants during induction and enrolment in September of the academic year. It is desirable but not essential to be in employment or have recent employment history in the sector. If you are applying for Finanancial help from Student Finance England, you should do this as soon as possible to ensure your funding is in place for the start of your course. https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

Is there anything else I will have to pay for in order to do this course?

You will need to provide your own scientific calculator and stationery such as folders, paper, notetaking exercise book, and pens. There indicative cost shown below for typical materials in support of learning.

· Scientific Calculator (approx. £10)

· Optional: Books: £100 for the year with average book price at £15 to £20

· Optional: Printing and binding in the college over and above print allowance (dependent upon page numbers and colour)

· Optional: Laptop/Home computer (required for assessment work and accessing software remotely)

· Optional: Project based costs may be incurred if components are required which are not available through college stock.

· Optional: 3D printing may form part of a project.

Where possible, the college will pay for the printing materials. However, for larger designs, a contribution may be required from the student.

Please read our full terms and conditions https://www.solihull.ac.uk/uni-level-learner/policies-and-applicant-information

For a more detailed information please refer to the course specifications.

Please note that when you enrol you are accepting that the course content and module descriptions are accurate at the time of publishing and that the course content as described is based on what is possible to deliver under the government advice and social distancing rules at that particular time. In the event of changes made to those rules, by national or local government, the College may need to make further alterations to the published course content. By enrolling with the College, you will be confirming that you are content to proceed with the course as detailed at that time and on the basis that the programme may be subject to reasonable change.


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The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.