Higher National Certificate in Engineering

The new BTEC Higher National qualifications in Engineering are designed to address an increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at Levels 4 and 5, thereby providing students with a clear line of sight to employment or to progression to a degree at Level 6.

  • Course Duration: 1 years
  • Start date: October | January | April
  • Days: 2 Evenings(Live online training)
  • Accreditation: Pearson Edexcel
  • Fee: EUR 200/module
  • Exam Registration Fee: EUR 30/module
  • No. of Modules to acheive an HNC: 8 modules
  • Entry Requirement:
    Irish Qualification: A minimum of two C3s in higher-level subjects and three D3 in ordinary-levels subjects in the Leaving Certificate. Mature students (aged 23 and above on the 1st of January on the year of admission) who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirement may also apply and will be assessed on the basis of age, work experience and any other training or development programmes completed. An IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent is required for non-native English speaker.

    UK Qualification: GCSE/IGCSE in Maths, English and 3 other subjects OR BTEC National Diploma/Certificate, otherwise students would have to take the IGCSE subjects along with the programme.

  • The Higher National Diploma in Engineering offers the following specialist pathways for students who wish to concentrate on a particular aspect of IT:
    - Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    -General Engineering
    - Manufacturing Engineering
    -Mechanical Engineering
    -Operations Engineering
  • Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to help students secure the knowledge skills and behaviours needed to succeed in the workplace. They represent the latest in professional standards and provide opportunities for students to develop behaviours for work, for example by undertaking a group project, or responding to a client brief. A student may even achieve exemption from professional or vendor qualifications, or student membership of selected professional bodies, to help them on their journey to professional competence.
  • A key progression path for BTEC HNC and HND learners is to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of the BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question.
  • A stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable for students.
  • A simplified structure: students undertake a substantial core of learning in the BTEC Higher National Certificate and can build on this in the BTEC Higher National Diploma, with specialist and optional units linked to their area of study.
  • Four specialist pathways in the Level 4 and 5, so there is something to suit each student’s preference of study and future progression plans
  • Refreshed content that is closely aligned with Professional Body, vendor, employer and higher education needs.
  • Programme design benefited from the help and support of some universities and further education tutors, employers, vendors, Professional Body representatives and other individuals who have generously shared their time and expertise.They are: Siemens |Railtrack | Jaguar Land Rover | GEN 2 | Eaton | BMW | British Nuclear Fuels (Sellafield Sites) | Alstom Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) | The Welding Institute | Society of Operations Engineers | Royal Aeronautical Society | UAE Military Logistics Support The Institute of the Motor Industry | ISC2 | Alstom | British Nuclear Fuels (Sellafield Sites) | Aston University | Birmingham Metropolitan College | Blackpool and Fylde College | Bridgwater College | Brunel University | Coventry University College | University of Derby | St Helens College | Teesside University | UCL | Warwickshire College.

8 units OR + Further Maths unit(For universities that insist on this unit- Please confirm with university if this is required)-Year 1:

Why Study BTEC HN


Career and Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of the Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the IT sector through:

  • Entering employment
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • They can also progress to 1st or 2nd year of a university related degree programme or continue to acheive the BTEC HND.

Job roles for graduates that choose to move on to employement

  • Engineer
  • Systems Architect
  • Computer Service and Repair
  • Technician
  • Network Manager
  • Software Developer
  • Business Analyst
  • Games Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Data Engineer
  • Data Designer
  • Systems Tester
  • Database Administrator
  • IT Project Manager
  • IT Support Technician

BTEC in Schools: A Success Story

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