Open learning in engineering courses
You can apply for the open learning HNC/Ds courses online. Use the 'apply online' link on the course you are interested in. If you have any problems with applying online contact Department for Quality and Governance:
T: 01642 384228
To discuss a programme before you apply, call the number given in the specific course entry.
Higher National Certificates and Diplomas
We currently offer HNC/D courses by flexible open learning in:
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering, HNC
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering, HND
- Mechanical Engineering, HNC
- Mechanical Engineering, HND
- Instrumentation and Control Engineering, HNC
- Instrumentation and Control Engineering, HND
- Chemical Engineering, HNC
- Chemical Engineering, HND
- Process Engineering, HNC
- Process Engineering, HND
The principal entry requirement for a Teesside University open learning in engineering HNC course is that our tutors are satisfied you can be expected to benefit from the course and have a realistic expectation of successfully completing it. However, under normal circumstances, we would look for evidence of study at an appropriate level, such as a national certificate in an appropriate engineering discipline, or equivalent level 3 award.
The basic entry requirement for the HNC/D courses is a level 3 qualification in mathematics. If you do not hold a qualification at this level then we have a bridging module available - Foundation Mathematics for Engineers.
For entry onto either HNC/D Chemical Engineering or HNC/D Processing Engineering you may be required to complete a bridging module in Process Chemistry.
In addition, we will make every effort to take relevant previous experience and appropriate alternative qualifications into account.
How long will it take? Registration for the HN courses lasts for five years. You can start a course at any time that suits you and progress at a pace that suits you and your personal circumstances. Course tutors will suggest guidelines to help you manage your time most effectively. You will be asked to complete a learning agreement to help your tutor monitor your progress. If followed, the eight modules necessary for HNC completion will typically require between two and three years, with 6–8 hours study per week, though we have had experience of particularly dedicated and able students completing their studies in shorter times than this.
What support will I need or receive? Although courses are designed for self-study, tutorial support (including the marking of all assessment work) is a requirement of all courses. We can provide tutorial support in a number of ways to suit individual needs. You can access personal visits to TUOLE (where this is feasible), telephone, email, fax or post. You can also access e-learning which provides dedicated online support for each module.
Are there any exams? There are no exams on the HNC modules. The HNC is assessed by means of 'in-course' tutor marked assignments (TMAs). The TMAs contain a series of questions/assignments which can be used to satisfy the assessment criteria necessary to qualify for certification. Some of the modules also require practical work. The TMAs are submitted electronically via the online site. The final assessment for each module is an interview by the module tutor. This enables the tutor to authenticate your work and confirm the grade of the award.
How is the HNC awarded? Each module, when successfully completed, will be graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction. A Pass is awarded for the achievement of all outcomes against the specified assessment criteria. Merit and Distinction grades are awarded for higher level achievement.
What will it cost? View our prices.
Industrial processing series
- City & Guilds 0603 Certificate in Process Technology Level 2 (pdf - 47kb)
- City & Guilds 0603 Certificate in Process Technology Level 3 (pdf - 47kb)
This series of programmes has been developed to meet training needs of a range of industries including: process, oil, chemical, pharmaceutical, food and drink, health sector, utilities (power and gas).
New trainees, experienced process operators and technicians can all benefit from the Industrial Processing Series as it provides excellent opportunities for updating or broadening skills.
The award structure
The format of the Industrial Processing Series enables individual study plans to be compiled. Units can be studied singly or in selected groups and all study patterns can lead to City & Guilds certification.
Routes of entry - there is open access to the units, subject to entry with a reasonable expectation of success. Admission to a course is at the discretion of the support centre.
Progression - C&G Programmes make a major contribution to the underpinning knowledge required for NVQs at various levels. There is also a progression to higher level qualifications, available again through TUOLE open learning materials.
City & Guilds 0603 Level 3 Supplementary Studies
These studies provide progression to further studies, in particular Higher National Certificate (HNC) programmes. They contribute to the underpinning knowledge requirements of relevant S/NVQs and improve problem solving skils as well as enhance occupational opportunities.