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General Engineering (Yr 1 of 2) (Level 4 Higher National Certificate)


Course Overview

The Pearson Level 4 Higher National Certificate in General Engineering (with a focus on Manufacture, Design and Quality) is designed to:• provide preparation for a range of technical and management careers in mechanical/manufacture/design/production/environmental engineering• provide specialised studies which are directly relevant to individual vocations and professions in which students intend to seek employment• enable students to make an immediate contribution in employment• provide flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for progression to Level 5 courses in Engineering.The course allows for a wide range of practical activities and opportunities for team working, incorporating a range of computer based Information Technology Engineering Applications. Students have access to industry-standard Design, Manufacture and Control software packages, (Solid Works, AutoCAD, AutoDesk Inventor, Cosmos FEA, EdgeCAM, Pathtrace, Electronic Workbench, Multisim, IcePIC, etc..) depending on which optional modules are offered.
  • Start Date
    13 Sep 2021
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    35 Weeks
  • Campus
    Strand Road
  • Course Code

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate General Engineering (Yr 1 of 2)
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Part Time
    Start Date: 13/09/2021

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
  • Dates 13/09/2021 - 16/06/2023
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Course Modules

  • Computer Aided Design
  • PLC
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Materials, Properties & Testing
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Design
  • Project
  • Quality & Process Improvement
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Computer Aided Manufacture
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

32 UCAS points at GCE A level with at least one pass in a related discipline plus pass in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) OR a BTEC level 3 qualification in an Engineering discipline OR Mature students with alternative qualifications will be considered for admission.

ROI Requirements

An Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent to 32 UCAS points (to include mathematics at O5) OR Mature students with alternative qualifications will be considered for admission.

What's Next?

Further Study

Successful students can progress to Level 5 courses in Engineering.

Career Prospects

Whether you want to specialise in mechanical, manufacturing, production, aeronautical, energy supply, electronics, electrical, communications or maintenance engineering, there is a wide range of engineering opportunities available in Ireland, the UK and abroad.


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