This distance learning instrumentation and control engineering HNC course is for learners who wish to work as technicians/technician engineers in instrumentation and control engineering design, manufacture, maintenance, testing or fault finding or the communications industry. Developed in consultation with local industry, it combines theory and practical work with industrial applications.

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) Instrumentation and Control Engineering, by Flexible Open Learning, provides you with a programme of study over a range of disciplines to help you develop skills to progress your career through employment or further education at degree level. This is a Teesside University award delivered under licence from Pearson by Teesside University Open Learning (Engineering).

Course details

You study eight units chosen to cover the range of needs of local and national industries and business.

The HNC provides a sound understanding of all key principles including core modules in Instrumentation and Control Principles, Analytical Methods, Engineering Science, and a project. Further specialist subjects may include Analytical Instrumentation and Programmable Logic Controllers.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Instrumentation and Control Principles (TUOLE)
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project (TUOLE)

Optional modules

  • Analytical Instrumentation
  • Applications of Pneumatics and Hydraulics
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Electrical Machines
  • Microprocessor Systems
  • Programmable Logic Controllers

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

The course is delivered via our e-learning site. You are provided with a self-contained comprehensive study pack for each of the modules. Each module consists of a folder or folders containing a series of lessons grouped into topics. Each lesson has an introduction, your aims, study advice, self-assessment questions and a summary.

It is important that you realise that open learning study requires a considerable degree of self-discipline. You must be prepared to devote time and effort to studying alongside any other commitments you may have.

Each module is supported through e-learning @tees.ac.uk

How you are assessed

The module learning outcomes are assessed through tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). Some of the units also require practical work - we provide additional software and/or practical kit for this. After you have completed the assessment for a module, your tutor will arrange an exit interview which enables them to authenticate your work and confirm the grade. These interviews can be done in person, by phone or Skype.

TMAs are a means of continuous assessment. They contain a series of questions which can be used to satisfy the learning outcomes of the module. The TMAs for the module are available to download from the module online eLearning site.

All completed answers for the TMAs should be submitted through the online site, elearning@tees. Your module tutor will grade your answers and provide feedback through elearning@tees.

Entry requirements

You should have three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including maths, plus one of the following:

  • at least one A level in an appropriate subject
  • BTEC National Certificate in an appropriate engineering discipline
  • BTEC National Diploma in an appropriate engineering discipline
  • Access to HE in Engineering
  • any other Level 3 equivalent UK or international qualification in an appropriate subject


If you already have qualifications at Level 4 (or above) and you wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) then use the link here.

The maximum registration period to complete an HNC by open learning is five years. You are required by the award regulations to successfully complete at least two modules (30 credits) in each year but it is possible to complete an HNC in a shorter period by successfully completing more than two modules a year.

Bridging Module
There are bridging modules available. A Level 3 maths bridging module Foundation Mathematics for Engineers.

References
We don't require references if you are applying to study through open learning.

Certificates
You must include your qualification certificates when applying. We look for a Level 3 maths qualification such as an AS level, BTEC, NC or equivalent for direct entry to the HNC.

English language requirements
If English is not your first language and you haven't undertaken your final two years of schooling in English, you must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels below:

  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level B2
  • GCSE English language grade C
  • PTE 51
  • IELTS 5.5 - reading and writing must be at 5.5 (or equivalent).

Career opportunities

Students who complete this course can progress to a Higher National Diploma or directly into the second year of an appropriate degree at the University. Please note the degree is not offered by distance learning but most are available on day release attending the University on a weekly basis.

An HNC award opens up the possibility of a career in a wide range of engineering disciplines, including design, manufacturing, project management and IT.

The qualification provides you with the opportunity to seek career development into senior positions in national and international companies.

Course costs

For a Higher National Certificate (HNC) you study eight modules at £495 for each module. For the Higher National Diploma (HND) you study a maximum of 16 modules, again at £495 each. You usually pay for one module at a time. Some modules are subject to availability.

If you join the course having completed no appropriate HNC modules previously, the total cost of an HNC is currently £3,960 for the eight modules required and an HND is another £3,960 on top of this for the additional eight modules you will need to study. All payments for modules must be made through the Online Shop. The link will be provided in your offer letter.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated April 10, 2019
This course is Online
Start Date
Aug 2019
Duration
2 - 4 years
Part-time
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3,960 GBP
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