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This course is awarded as a Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Operations Engineering)

The course focuses on operations engineering within the automotive engineering sector, and aims to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals who are able to meet the demands of employers in the rapidly evolving engineering sector adapting to a constantly changing world.

Holders of a BTEC Higher National in Engineering meet the academic requirements for the Engineering Council Engineering Technician Standard (EngTech).

The course will also develop knowledge, skills and techniques for a future in engineering, including fault finding and problem solving within an engineering environment.

Course description

Learning and Teaching A variety of learning and teaching opportunities will be available on your course. Approximately 40% of your learning will include lectures, tutorials and class room based learning supplemented by workshop activities for both engineering and automotive engineering. Studying can include individual and group working.

Higher education courses also require students to undertake independent study and so approximately 60% of your studies will be through independent learning, research, reading and completing assessments.

Assessment 97% of assessments are course work based, 3% are in person which may be a presentation and there are no exams. Assessments are designed to reflect the diverse engineering sector and so could be for example a live project, a case study, report or project.

Level 4 Units The course aims to develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the engineering sector through the study of eight modules with a total credit value of 120 credits.

Four core units:

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project

In addition to the core units there are four optional units which have been selected to meet the requirements of the Operations Engineering pathway

  • Mechanical Workshop Practices
  • Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems
  • Operations and Plant Management
  • Electrical Systems and Fault Finding

The overall qualification will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction depending on unit achievements.

What areas will I study?

You will study 8 units on this course, each unit has a credit value of 15 credits. The units to be studied are:

Engineering Design Design turns an idea into a useful artefact, a problem into a solution, or something ugly and inefficient into an elegant, desirable and cost effective everyday object. The aim of this unit is to introduce the methodical steps that engineers use in creating functional products and processes; from a design brief to the work, and the stages involved in identifying and justifying a solution to a given engineering need.

Engineering Maths This unit introduces maths which is directly applicable to the engineering industry, and it will help to increase knowledge of the broad underlying principles within this discipline. The aim of this unit is to develop skills in the mathematical principles and theories that underpin the engineering curriculum including mathematical methods and statistical techniques in order to analyse and solve problems within an engineering context interpreting data, using statistical techniques, and use analytical and computational methods to evaluate and solve engineering problems.

Engineering Science Engineering is a discipline that uses scientific theory to design, develop or maintain structures, machines, systems, and processes. Engineers are therefore required to have a broad knowledge of the science that is applicable to the industry around them. This unit introduces 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.

Managing a Professional Engineering Project The responsibilities of the engineer go far beyond completing the task in hand. Reflecting on their role in a wider ethical, environmental and sustainability context starts the process of becoming a professional engineer – a vital requirement for career progression.

Engineers seldom work in isolation and most tasks they undertake require a range of expertise, designing, developing, manufacturing, constructing, operating and maintaining the physical infrastructure and content of our world. The bringing together of these skills, expertise and experience is often managed through the creation of a project. This unit introduces the techniques and best practices required to successfully create and manage an engineering project designed to identify a solution to an engineering need. The project brief will be set by the College, based on a theme provided by Pearson Edexcel which will change each year.

Mechanical Workshop Practices The complex and sophisticated engineering manufacturing processes used to mass produce the products we see and use daily has its roots in the hand-operated lathes and milling machines still used in small engineering companies. To appreciate the fundamentals underpinning complex manufacturing processes, it is essential that engineers are able to read engineering drawings and produce simple components accurately and efficiently.

This unit introduces the effective use of textual, numeric and graphical information, how best to extract and interpret information from engineering drawings, and the practices of workshop-based turning and milling machining. Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems Hydraulics and pneumatics incorporate the importance of fluid power theory in modern industry. This is the technology that deals with the generation, control, and movement of mechanical elements or systems with the use of pressurised fluids in a confined system. In respect of hydraulics and pneumatics, both liquids and gases are considered fluids. Oil hydraulics employs pressurised liquid petroleum oils and synthetic oils, whilst pneumatic systems employ an everyday recognisable process of releasing compressed air to the atmosphere after performing the work.

The aim of this unit is to develop knowledge and appreciation of the applications of fluid power systems in modern industry. Investigating and designing pneumatic, hydraulic, electro-pneumatic and electro-hydraulic systems.

Operations and Plant Management The challenges of modern manufacturing industries require today’s operations engineers to adopt a multi-skilled methodology when dealing with the array of complex engineering problems they are faced with. Long gone are the days of ‘pure’ mechanical or electrical maintenance staff; operations engineers may well specialise within one discipline, but they must have the knowledge and ability to safely tackle problems that could encompass many varied engineering fields, if they are to keep the wheels of industry in motion.

The underlying aims of this unit are to develop knowledge of the engineering fundamentals that augment the design and operation of plant engineering systems, and to furnish them with the tools and techniques to maintain the ever more technological equipment.

Electrical Systems and Fault Finding Electrical systems can be found in a very wide range of locations such as in manufacturing facilities, airports, transport systems, shopping centres, hotels and hospitals; people will come across them every day in their work place and at home. The system must take the electrical supply from the national grid, convert it to a suitable voltage and then distribute it safely to the various system components and uses such as electric motors, lighting circuits and environmental controls.

This unit introduces the characteristics and operational parameters of a range of electrical system components that are used in a variety of applications; and how to fault find when they go wrong. Electrical system circuit diagrams, understand the operation of the various components that make up the system and select the most suitable fault finding technique are studied.

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
- September 2022, Duration: 1 Academic year £6165.00 (Per Academic Year) 1 Academic year -

UCAS Application Information

Institution Name: South & City College Birmingham
UCAS Code: H500
Click here to apply for this course on UCAS website.

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
- September 2022, Duration: 2 Academic years £6165.00 (Per Academic Year) 2 Academic years -

UCAS Application Information

Institution Name: South & City College Birmingham
UCAS Code: H500
Click here to apply for this course on UCAS website.