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Higher Nationals in Aeronautical Engineering

Aeronautical Engineering is a very specialist subject area which encompasses many professions and industries aside from engineering itself. The broad nature of the subject matter allows for both generic units of study alongside specialist components. The Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals (HNC and HND) have been developed to focus on the education and training of engineers/technicians who are employed at a professional level in a variety of types of technical work, such as in systems design, manufacture, maintenance and technical services areas of the mechanical, aeronautical, electronic and electrical engineering industries. These qualifications provide the opportunities for engineers/technicians to achieve a nationally recognised Level 4 or Level 5 vocationally specific qualification. These qualifications also provide opportunities for full-time learners to gain a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification to enter employment as an engineer/technician or progress to higher education vocational qualifications, such as a full or part time degree in engineering. These qualifications provides opportunities for learners to focus on the development of the higherlevel skills in a technological and management context and develop a range of skills and techniquesand attributes essential for successful performance in working life.The course is for you if you have a Level 3 equivalent qualification in engineering or related disciplion and are looking at developing this knowledge further or you may have relevant work or industrial experience and are looking to gain a Level 4 or Level 5 qualification in Aeronautical Engineering to enable you to further develop and progress in the workplace or to higher education.

Entry Requirements
For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

* A* to C grade in GCSE Maths – strongly recommended.
* A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering with at least one Merit in the final grade profile
* A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent)
* Other related Level 3 qualifications
* A minimum of two A Levels with one in a related subject at Grade C or above
* Access to HE with relevant options
* Extensive relevant work experience - mature learners who have extensive work experience and/or professional qualifications in a related industry are welcome to apply

If you do not hold GCSE maths and English at Grade C (Grade 4-5) or above then it is strongly recommended that you study these before starting on a Higher National programme, both to support your study and to allow you to progress to higher education.

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.

To gain HNC qualification in Aeronautical Engineering you will study number of core, specilist and optional units which will develop your skills and knowledge in the specialist engineering subjects.

Core units for all HNC pathways:
* Engineering Design
* Engineering Maths
* Engineering Science
* Managing Professional Engineering Project (Pearson Set)

To gain HND qualification in Aeronautical Engineering you will study number of core, specilist and optional units which will develop your skills and knowledge in the specialist engineering subjects.

Core units for all HND Pathways:
* Research Project
* Professional Engineering Management (Pearson-set)

The Higher National units are assessed internally. You will be graded for each individual unit with a Pass, Merit or Distinction. You may be assessed in a number of different ways, such as presentations, written reports, log books and practical tasks.

Awarding Body
Pearson BTEC

The HNC can be studied as a full time course over one academic year or part time course over two academic years. The HND can be studied as a full time course over two academic years or part time course over three academic years. You will be expected to attend taught sessions at Macclesfield College for a minimum of 12 hours over two days each week with additional work placements.

Follow up courses/Progression
On successful completion of this course you can continue with an employment or use the HNC or HND as entry to apply for other Higher Education qulifications. You can apply to university to complete a degree in a related subject; entry to the degree may be at Year 2 or Year 3 dependent upon the university and degree programme.This qualification can also be used to support a job application within engineering or a related profession.

Course information code: ENG-01-17  

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