Course Information

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Advanced Technician in Engineering - Maintenance) (HLA)


Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Enniskillen (Tech & Skills)
Week Starting: 13 September 2021
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 32
Hours per Week: 7
Total Hours: 224
Places Available: 16
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This part-time course has been designed to meet the specific needs of the local engineering industry by providing a range of higher-level technical skills in the maintenance of a range of engineering systems.The course is aimed at those working in the engineering industry and seeking an academic progression route whilst continuing to work. It is also designed for persons who want to formalise the skills already acquired in the industry or those wishing to re-skill.Applications are welcome from those not currently in employment but with the expectation that they will obtain suitable employment before the course commences.In addition to this, the course is also aimed at full-time students completing A-Levels, BTEC National Diplomas or Level 3 Apprenticeships who wish to continue their academic and professional career in Engineering while working in the local engineering sector. This course provides a nationally recognised qualification offering career progression and professional development.

Additional Information

The model is designed to make the course more suitable for candidates in full-time employment, and for their respective employers. The course provides a nationally recognised qualification offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment, and opportunities to progress into further higher education.

Course Content

This course will provide students with the core knowledge, skills and techniques that all engineers require, irrespective of future specialism, to achieve high performance in the engineering profession.In addition, Presentation, Interpersonal and Teamwork skills will all be developed throughout the duration of the course.

Core Modules

The 8 units delivered in this course provides a specialist work-related programme of study covering the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the manufacturing sector.Course units include:

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project – Pearson-set Maintenance Engineering
  • Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems
  • Electrical Systems and Fault Finding
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) for Engineering

    Optional Modules

    All units are compulsory.

    Assessment Method

    Students will be assessed through practical and written assessments over a wide range of engineering disciplines.

    Progression Opportunities

    Completion of this HNC will facilitate progression to higher-level roles within the candidate’s own place of work.

  • In addition to this, candidates will be eligible to enter year one of a range of Degree courses at either Ulster University or Queen’s University, enrol on a Foundation Degree or top up to a HND.

    Entry Requirements

    Students must be employed in a suitable engineering role at the start of this course. There are no formal entry requirements, however, the Programme Lead will check that students recruited onto this programme have a reasonable expectation of success on the programme. Because of the requirement for a high level of Maths' skills in engineering it is recommended that all students complete diagnostic Maths' assessments before beginning a Higher National course. This means that for students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

  • Grade A* to C and/or 9 to 4 in GCSE Maths, or equivalent (strongly recommended)
  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering or a recognised Level 3 Apprenticeship
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one relevant GCE Advanced Level subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C and/or 9 to 4, or equivalent
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications (Science, Technology or similar)
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience
  • An international equivalent of any of the above.
  • The Programme Leader will also consider applicants’ prior learning when considering acceptance on the HNC in Engineering (Advanced Manufacture), through Recognition of Prior Learning.