Pearson BTEC HND in Engineering (Industrial Automation)

Everything we touch, use and see day-to-day has been manufactured in an industrial setting. With constant improvement in robotics and communication technology, manufacturing processes are becoming more integrated all the time. There will be new, exciting job roles in the next 5-10 years improving manufacturing processes in line with Industry 4.0 through digital transformation. This course will provide skills required, such as Mechatronics, Embedded Systems, Programmable Logic Controllers and Industrial Robots.


Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 11005
Campus: Bangor, Downpatrick
Study Type: Full-Time
Education Level Higher Education
Department: Manufacturing & General Engineering

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Course Structure

The Industrial Automation Engineering programme offers a blend of theoretical and practical units essential for the professional engineer in a modern engineering environment. It focuses on the use of control systems, such as computers or robots, and information technologies for handling different processes and machineries in industry.

On completion of this course you will be certified with a Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering (General Engineering)

Modules studied in year 1 include:  

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a Professional Project
  • Industry 4.0
  • PLCs
  • Industrial Robots
  • Mechatronics
  • Workshop (Mechatronics)

Upon successful completion of year 1, students will progress on to year 2 of the programme where they will study further modules including:

  • Research Project (double unit)
  • Professional Engineering Management
  • Further Mathematics
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Embedded Systems
  • Further PLCs
  • Industrial Systems
  • Workshop (Mechatronics)

In addition to the above modules, students will also work towards a Professional/ Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve employability within the Engineering sector. 

This is a 2-Year Programme and course fees are payable in each year.

16.75 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops, or tutorials.

Mandatory Additional Study

Maximum of 3 hours per week average over the academic year.

Personal Study

22 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials

GCSE

  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy
  • GCSE Mathematics Grade C (or Merit in the Engineering Principles unit on the Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Engineering (or University-approved equivalent)
  • In addition to Maths and English, two additional GCSE’s at Grade C or above are required

UCAS

A minimum of 64 UCAS points including:

  • A levels OR
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering

Access Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with an overall average of 65+% 

English Language Requirements for International students:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English

Equivalent qualifications include:

  • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
  • Successful completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
  • ESOL Level 2

Tier 4 Students:

  • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Admissions

  • Successful completion of the Admissions Process APEL Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Further details on APEL can be found in the Admissions Section

APEL

  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Further details on APEL can be found in the Admissions Section

Candidates are assessed using a range of different methods. These include assessments, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies. This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study. Oral, written, and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

This programme is designed to prepare students for a career in the engineering industry or progression to related degree programmes, normally at second year of entry.

The course provides the opportunity to develop your engineering skills and project management capabilities through the engineering units and Project Based Learning required to complete the course. You will learn transferrable skills such as communication, organisational skills, problem solving, leadership and critical thinking which will help you apply to relevant jobs within the engineering industry.

Estimated at £50 to use on materials for final year project.

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