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Higher Nationals

Apply for the HNC/HND Programme

Programme Overview:

Our Higher National Programme are designed pathways at Levels 4 and 5, providing students with a clear line of sight to progress to further higher education study.

Higher National qualifications are equivalent to the first two years of an honors degree. They are also recognised by industry, so they have been designed to be taken as stand alone qualifications before entering the real world of work, or to give you a practical grounding before completing a degree at university.

This year, we have had a fantastic achievement rate with 88% of learners completing their Higher National Certificate and 100% of learners completing their Higher National Diploma.

Disciplines:

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering (including Operations, Instrumentation & Control)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • New for September 2022- General Engineering

Note: The General Engineering programme can be studied either in house at HETA Hull on a part time day release basis or as part of a blended learning programme

For course information, units and structure, please refer to the following: Higher National Course Structure

Progression Routes:

Our HNC/HND programs are accredited by Sheffield Hallam University. Successful completion of our HND, at merit grade or above, will allow progression directly onto their Level 6 units which will take approximately a further 18 months of study to complete.

Course Costs:

The cost for the HNC program is £2,950 per year +VAT (Total Cost- £5900+VAT)

Our Higher National Diploma (HND) is a one-year program following the successful completion of a 170 credit HNC. The cost for the HND program is £5900

For any learners looking to self-fund the course, a payment plan can be arranged.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a Level 4 qualification made up of 120 credits with an option to study a further 2 level 5 units in year 2. It is studied part-time over two years (40 weeks per year). Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals consist of core units, specialist units and optional level 5 units:

● Core units are mandatory

● Specialist units are designed to provide a specific occupational focus to the qualification and are aligned to Professional Body standards

● Optional level 5 units will count towards the HND if the student wishes to progress further

All units are usually 15 credits in value, or a multiple thereof. These units have been designed from a learning time perspective and are expressed in terms of Total Qualification Time (TQT).

TQT is an estimate of the total amount of time (blended learning) that could reasonably be expected for a student to demonstrate the achievement of the level of attainment necessary for the award of a qualification. TQT includes undertaking each of the activities of Guided Learning, Directed Learning and Invigilated Assessment. Each 15-credit unit approximates to a TQT of 150 hours with 60 hours of Guided Learning. Total Qualification Time (TQT)for the Higher National Certificate (HNC) = 1,200 hours.

Examples of activities which can contribute to TQT include:

● Guided Learning

● Independent and unsupervised research/learning

● Unsupervised compilation

● Unsupervised e-assessment

● Unsupervised coursework

● Watching a pre-recorded podcast or webinar

● Unsupervised work-based learning.

Guided Learning (GL) is defined as the time when a tutor is present to give specific guidance towards the learning aim being studied on a program. This definition includes lectures, tutorials and supervised study in, for example, open learning centers and learning workshops. Guided Learning includes any supervised assessment activity; this includes invigilated examination and observed assessment and observed work-based practice. Total Guided Learning (GL) Higher National Certificate (HNC) = 480 (or 600 optional) hours.

For course Units, please refer to the following:

Higher National Course Structure

Higher National Diploma (HND)

The Higher National Diploma (HND) is a Level 5 qualification made up of a further 120 credits on top of the HNC (or 90 credits if the optional level 5 subjects have been studied alongside the HNC).

It is studied part-time over one years (40 weeks per year) or two years if the optional units have not been studied. Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals consist of core units, specialist units:

● Core units are mandatory

● Specialist units are designed to provide a specific occupational focus to the qualification and are aligned to Professional Body standards

All units are usually 15 credits in value, or a multiple thereof. These units have been designed from a learning time perspective and are expressed in terms of Total Qualification Time (TQT).

TQT is an estimate of the total amount of time (blended learning) that could reasonably be expected for a student to demonstrate the achievement of the level of attainment necessary for the award of the qualification. TQT includes undertaking each of the activities of Guided Learning, Directed/blended Learning and Invigilated Assessment. Each 15-credit unit approximates to a TQT of 150 hours with 60 hours of Guided Learning. Total Qualification Time (TQT) for the Higher National Diploma (HND) = 2,400 hours (1200 hours further study on top of the HNC).

For course Units, please refer to the following:

Higher National Course Structure

Apply for our HNC/HND Programme today by clicking here

For further information regarding our Higher National programme or to discuss an application in more detail please contact your local HETA site.

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