Professional body accreditation: Successful completion of this course
satisfies the academic requirements for the Engineering Council’s Engineering
Technician standard. Upon completion of the course, students are able to refer
to themselves as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) and apply for Engineering
Council membership. This is a classroom-based course.
Example of course modules delivered over two years:
Core engineering: Engineering Design, Engineering Maths, Engineering
Science, Managing a Professional Engineering Project (set by Pearson)
Mechanical focussed: Mechanical Principles, Fundamentals of thermodynamic
Material, Properties and testing, Fluid mechanics
The course operates on a modular basis with each module carrying 15 academic
credits. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with
part-time students taking 30 credits. The full HNC qualification is equivalent
to 120 credits.
For part-time students, the course is studied over a period of two years.
Attendance is one day per week. The course will take place at our new
Construction and Engineering Centre in Rainham, currently under development, but
it will begin at our Ardleigh Green campus in Hornchurch until the new Centre is
ready to open.
For entry to this course you will need 48 UCAS points from relevant Level 3
qualifications, such as A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Diplomas or Extended Diplomas,
Scottish Highers, Advanced Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate or Advanced Welsh
Baccalaureate. Or an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering. GCSE
English and Maths at grade 4 (C) or above, or equivalent Level 2 qualifications
An interview may be required before an offer can be made. If you are
interested in applying for the course, please contact the Admissions team for a
or call 01708 455011.
Where will it take me?
This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career
in engineering, or obtain the necessary skills needed to progress your current
engineering career and operate as an Engineering Technician. The course also
provides the foundation for further qualifications, including a Higher National
Diploma (HND) in Engineering, Foundation Degree or as the first qualifying year
for a B.Eng (Hons) degree course. The course has been designed to meet the
requirements of the engineering industry and is underpinned by the research
knowledge and industry experience of our staff.
At the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the core
knowledge and skills needed for an engineering role, as well as some of the more
specialised skills needed within the electronics and electrical engineering
fields. Students will have an appreciation of contemporary theory and also
understand their responsibilities in regards to cost, sustainability and the
rapid change that takes place within world-class engineering.
Course Assessment Method
This course provides you with the opportunity to test your understanding of
the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count
towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of
practice, or formative, assessment for which you will receive feedback from your
tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for
them will not count towards your module mark.
There will be formal, or summative assessment during, or at the end of, each
module. Formal assessment will be solely through a range of coursework
assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and projects. The
grades from your formal assessments will count towards your module mark.
You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal
assessments undertaken by coursework within three weeks of your submission.
Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with
your module tutor.
You must pass all modules in order to gain your qualification. Students
passing a module will be given a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.
You will learn through a combination of:
Lectures – which will provide you with most of the fundamental subject
knowledge that you will require and will be taught in large groups
Meetings – with your personal tutor, which will give you the opportunity
to discuss topics in detail, raise any areas of difficulty and discuss your
progression through the course
Workshop and simulation sessions – which will give you hands-on experience
of engineering techniques and software, and as a part of your course you will
have access to the latest engineering simulation packages, including CAD
When not attending lectures, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you will
be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically,
this will involve reading journal articles and books, individual and group
projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments
and presentations, and preparing for examinations.
Overall workload Per week, the part-time course workload will include: