Course Details

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HNC Engineering - OL

SCQF Level 7

This Distance Learning Engineering qualification is outlined by internationally recognised academic awarding body the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

This course is for anyone who wishes to start a career in engineering or who may already be employed currently in the industry and would like to attain an internationally recognised engineering qualification.

You will carry out mathematical solutions and apply engineering theory to a multitude of mechanical and electrical engineering problems and understand the parameters in which engineering systems operate.

You will gain an understanding of international engineering standards including health, safety, environment and quality. The course will prepare you for a project environment. Knowledge of project management and planning will be gained throughout the course.

What You Study

  • Communication: Practical Skills
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Principles of Engineering Systems
  • Engineering Communication
  • Engineering Measurement and Systems Monitoring
  • Engineering Systems: Graded Unit 1
  • Materials Selection
  • Quality Management: An Introduction
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Engineering Project
  • Safety Engineering and the Environment

Duration and Attendance

This is a 1 year online distance learning course.

No Attendance is required during the duration of the course.

The course will begin Monday 16th January 2017.

The course will be split into three blocks each consisting of twelve weeks.

Block 1 Start – 16th January 2017

Block 2 Start – 10th April 2017

Block 3 Start – 3rd July 2017

Entry Requirements

You are required to have a competent level of spoken and written English, as well as an understanding of technical English.

You will be required to submit a 1 minute personal introduction video in English and complete a hand written essay of self-evaluation in English, with a maximum of 250 words.

In addition to the above, you must also have one of the following:

  1. School Qualifications including a competent grade in Maths and preferably an additional one of the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Technological/Engineering Science. (Please Note: School qualifications will be viewed on an individual basis, if you require clarification about your eligibility please contact the College as soon as possible.)
  2. An awarding body relevant and related engineering qualification from an international college or university.
  3. Industrial experience and/or other qualifications will also be considered.

For options 1 and 2 above, evidence of grades or qualifications must be presented upon enrolment. All documents will be legally authenticated on behalf of the College by an independent screening organisation.

For option 3, upon enrolment you must provide an up to date CV and 2 professional references.

Further Study

  • HND Engineering Systems (Distance Learning)
  • Further progression in an engineering vocational discipline
  • Fife College has defined Articulation Routes in place for this course

Career Opportunities

  • Modern Apprenticeships (MAs)
  • Technician Level Engineering Posts
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Renewable Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Engineering Designer

Student Expenses

Courses can be:

  • Self-funded
  • Employer funded
  • International education scheme funded
  • Industry funding scheme

Application Process

Applications to be made online. A web interview may be necessary.

This course is currently offered on the date(s) and venue(s) listed below.

Method of Study Starts* Ends* Based at

While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of course information, this is subject to change, as part of our continuous improvement process.

*Start and End dates refer to the week commencing date and the actual date could be any date within that week.

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