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Rail Engineering

BMet (Birmingham Metropolitan College)

UCAS Code: 001R | Higher National Certificate - HNC

Entry requirements


A level

C,C

If you are taking 3 or more A Levels you can achieve the entry requirement of 64 UCAS tariff points across all of the A Level subjects you are taking. One A Level must be Mathematics or Physics.

Access to HE Diploma

P:45

You are required to achieve 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 credits at Level 2, totalling 60 credits in an engineering, science or IT subject.

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

MM

The BTEC Diploma (QCF) qualification must be an engineering, science or IT subject.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

MPP

The BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) qualification must be an engineering, science or IT subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MM

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma qualification must be an engineering, science or IT subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma qualification must be an engineering, science or IT subject.

UCAS Tariff

64

If the Level 3 qualification is made up of A Levels, one A Level must be Mathematics or Physics. All other qualifications must be an engineering, science or IT subject.

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About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2022

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Rail Engineering course is designed to reflect the increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at Level 4. The HNC course offers 2 specialist pathways, Track or Tractions and Rolling Stock.

BMet would use the Track and Traction and Rolling Stock pathways to offer a natural progression for students who complete Level 3 qualifications and allows a higher-level of understanding and knowledge of the rail industry to assist in achieving promotions and higher job opportunities.

The HNC course is taught at our James Watt College site using industry experts and the onsite rail track and equipment.

On successful completion of the HNC qualification you can progress on to the Higher National Diploma (HND) Rail Engineering course or you may be eligible to progress into the second or third year of a subject related degree at a University or as part of a higher level apprenticeship programme.

Modules

The HNC course consists of 8 modules, totalling 120 credits, titled:
Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems (Track pathway only)
Engineering Design
Engineering Maths
Engineering Science
Managing a Professional Engineering Project (Pearson-set)
Material, Properties and Testing
Railway Operations
Track Design
Traction and Rolling Stock Systems (Traction and Rolling Stock pathway only)

Assessment methods

Assessments will be undertaken for each module and they will be in the form of written tasks, practicals, exams, presentations, observations, group work and research assignment. These assessments will be carried out over the module and spread out to allow time to complete.

Each module has a number of Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria that must be met. All 8 modules must be achieved to pass the overall qualification.

The Uni


Course location:

James Watt College

Department:

Engineering and Manufacturing

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