Undergraduate study
Engineering

Chemical Engineering by Flexible Open Learning
HNC

 

Course overview

This distance learning chemical engineering HNC course is for learners who wish to work as technicians/technician engineers in the chemical or process engineering sectors, manufacture, maintenance and testing. It has been developed in consultation with local industry, and combines theory and practical work with a focus on industrial applications.

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) Chemical 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).

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Application dates

  • Ongoing

Professional accreditation

The HNC programme is a nationally recognised qualification awarded under licence from Pearson.

 

Course details

You study eight modules covering the range of local and national needs in industries and business. The HNC provides a sound understanding of all key principles. Of these eight modules, there are seven core modules that you must complete - the remaining one will be chosen from a list of options.

Course structure

Core modules

Engineering Design (HN)

You gain experience of carrying out a design project, giving you an appreciation of how design involves harmonising key parameters and blending them into the design solution, and to produce a design report. You cover each stage of the process, including: client brief, planning, design specification, design report and evaluation.

Engineering Maths (HN)

You develop the fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques needed to successfully complete the core modules of Higher National Engineering programmes. We provide you with the knowledge needed for further study of analytical methods and mathematics, required for more advanced option modules. You explore fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems at Higher National level.

Engineering Science (HN)

You are introduced to the fundamental laws and applications of the physical sciences within engineering and how to apply this knowledge to find solutions to a variety of engineering problems.

You study international system of units, interpreting data, static and dynamic forces, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, material properties and failure, and AC/DC circuit theories.

Fluid Mechanics (HN)

You are introduced to the basic principles of fluid mechanics. You explore properties of fluids and different types of flow, and the underlying principles and theory of fluid mechanics in lectures. You look at worked examples in tutorials and laboratory work to enable practical investigation.

Managing a Professional Engineering Project (HN)

You are introduced to the techniques and best practices required to successfully manage an engineering project - from identifying a problem, through to finding a solution. You consider the role and function of engineering in our society, the professional duties and responsibilities expected of engineers together with the behaviours that accompany their actions.

You cover: roles, responsibilities and behaviours of a professional engineer, planning a project, project management stages, devising solutions, theories and calculations, management using a Gantt chart, evaluation techniques, communication skills, and the creation and presentation of a project report.

Mass and Energy Balances (HN)

You are introduced to the basics of the Law of Conservation of mass and the concept of energy can neither be created nor destroyed, but can be changed from one form to another. This module provides a clear understanding for setting up and solving mass and energy balance problems related to chemical processes and the use of steam tables for solving energy balance problems.

 

Optional modules

Analytical Instrumentation

This module is concerned with modern techniques of detecting variables in industrial processes. The aim of these techniques is to ensure that the measurement, or sampled quantity, is representative of the measureand.

The module also aims to develop an understanding of modern measurement principles and recognition of how these concepts are applied in the design of commercial instruments for the measurement of both analytical and chemical composition variables.

Materials Engineering (HN)

The aim of this module is to provide you with basic background knowledge and understanding of the properties, selection, processing and use of materials.

Measurement of Process Variables

Level, pressure, flow and temperature are the most common industrial process variables and the aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the principles of measurement of these variables and describe the associated measuring systems and instruments.

Students will be provided with a learning pack where core subjects are presented in sequenced lessons that include self assessment questions with solutions to aid developmental learning. Module assessment comprises a formative element and a summative element. The formative assessment is a series of self assessment questions and answers at the end of each lesson. Feedback is also given to the students through email or by telephone. The summative assessment involves a single in course assessment comprising several elements.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

Following payment for each of your modules, you will be given access to the learning and assessment material for that module via our e-learning site. The learning material is divided into individual lessons, each of which has an introduction, 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 both time and effort to studying notwithstanding other distractions which may be present. Each 15 credit module requires a notional 150 hours of student effort; this, for example, equates to about 10 hours a week for 3-4 months.

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

How you are assessed

The module leaning 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.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

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 a 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 a 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. There is also a Process Chemistry bridging module for the HNC Chemical Engineering.

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).

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

Students who complete this HNC 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.

This course provides the skills and knowledge needed to gain employment within the process and related industries in the area of management.

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

 

Fees

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.

Supplementary materials
Practical kits - several of the electronic modules require practical work to be done. Teesside University open learning in engineering has developed practical kits to enable you to complete this work at home. If you are studying directly with us you are loaned these kits as required for no extra charge (except for the return postal costs).

Software - some HNC modules require you to use specific software. Wherever possible we use free software that can be downloaded once the module is paid for. For example Business Management Techniques requires Microsoft Project and Engineering Design requires AutoCAD.

Student loans
Home students may be eligible to apply for a student loan using the student finance website - click on ‘apply online for student finance’.

Search for Teesside University and the course title for the month you wish to start your studies and apply for a loan of £990 only to cover the cost of the first two modules. You must not select the maximum allowance option. If you study more than two modules within your year, the University will issue the Student Loans Company with an electronic change of circumstances request for an increase in your tuition fee loan. Please note you must apply each year for your next student loan - for example, if your loan starts in May 2017 you will need to apply again in May 2018 for that year.

When you receive your letter of confirmation from the Student Loans Company, please email it to us at tuole@tees.ac.uk before the start of your course. Please note that the foundation modules (if applicable) are not covered by this loan.

We are an ELCAS provider, provider number 1691.

 
 

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Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£3,960 (120 credits)
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  • Length: 2-4 years
  • Attendance: Distance learning
  • Enrolment date: Flexible
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