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hi,

i am thinking of applying to do the hnc via open learning and just wondering if any of you guys have done it this way and can give it the thumbs up/down, and what sort of timescales you were able to complete it in.
i will probably have to also do the maths bridging course which i have been told would take 3-6 months.
i have my c&g 236 pt1&2 also am1&2 16th edition (17th booked in nov).
i have not done onc but have been led to believe that i can go straight for hnc with maths bridging course.

any advice gratefully received thanks!
 
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montybaber

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I think I can help you here :) (makes a change lol, usually just hinder threads etc)

I also had 2360 1 and 2 and recently 17th and I wanted to do a HNC (seems to be more in demand in my industry) I hadnt done ONC and hoped I could get straight on given my ten years experience and the fact that 2360 pt 2 is (in my eyes and c&g's too) equal academically to the ONC.

I applied to lots of colleges (HNC electrical engineering) and was told to do ONC (which I felt was a bit insulting due to being at a level with brand new students straight from school!) but I found that Open learning was much easier to enrol on, I had no problem at all getting info and the course providers were brilliant but I could'nt help feeling that they did'nt care whether I could actually do the course!.

I eventually decided to go for a different HNC (Mechatronics engineering) as it covered in depth transducers/actuators, electronics, PLC's as well as electrical and mechanical sciences, pneumatics/hydraulics and I thought that with my electrical experience would make me a more rounded engineer.

I got in touch with college (bridgwater) and spoke to peeps on phone and they were very helpfully, they suggested I put a letter from my employer in with my application showing my ability etc (which I did) and then I had a phone interview with my course tutor which went through my experience (I have a fair bit of control/PLC experience/courses etc).

The interview was hard work and the outcome was that basically the electrical side of things would be no problem but the science and espacially MATHS would be very hard work as I would be jumping to a high level basically from scratch!!! but agreed that as long as I am committed he would give me the chance (with a possibility of a maths/science bridging course dependant on how I got on).

Well I just finished my first year going once a week (long journey) and I love it!!! the maths was hideous at the start but slowly got better until after a few weeks I was at a level with all the ONC students (power station apprentices, all great guys) I finished year one with distinctions in MATHS :D Science:) business management, further mechatronics and electronics, cant believe it.

Cant wait for yr 2!!!

Go for it mate, you are good enough to enrol with the certs you have, I found the electical/electronics laughable at the beginning (resistors in series etc) so that gave me a boost:D and just remember the maths will come together after a while.

Im so glad I did'nt go the open learning route as I think sitting in a lecture is a lot different to reading a book etc (talk from experience I have done open learning) I think open learning you learn just enough to complete the assignment etc but very little else, this course (well most of it) is very difficult and I would have sat at home slitting my wrists doing differentation with no face to face support.

Its not just the lecturers that make it easier, the resources that are avaliable to me are incredible, college has gone a long way since my apprentice days (long cold journeys to a falling down southampton city college or poole and bournemouth) we have the library there which have all the specialised books in stock (local library dont have any) and as a higher student I can take 9 at a time, I can renew them online, I get remote desktop which means I get to log on to my college workspace from home and use programs and materials I dont have at home (project etc) they even have a travel agents on site!!!.

I'd also miss the totty!!!!!:D:D
r
emember you get to wear a silly gown at the end too!!!:D:D

Anything else you wanna know im here to help and if you start i'm here for the maths too



Craig
 
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Jumbonipondon_squilobidon

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what sort of sparky job do you have that requires an HNC?
 
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steve01

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what sort of sparky job do you have that requires an HNC?
i am currently working as a planner for a telecoms company, but if i wanted to move on in a similar role a lot of jobs advertised want at least hnc.

I think I can help you here :) (makes a change lol, usually just hinder threads etc)

I also had 2360 1 and 2 and recently 17th and I wanted to do a HNC (seems to be more in demand in my industry) I hadnt done ONC and hoped I could get straight on given my ten years experience and the fact that 2360 pt 2 is (in my eyes and c&g's too) equal academically to the ONC.

I applied to lots of colleges (HNC electrical engineering) and was told to do ONC (which I felt was a bit insulting due to being at a level with brand new students straight from school!) but I found that Open learning was much easier to enrol on, I had no problem at all getting info and the course providers were brilliant but I could'nt help feeling that they did'nt care whether I could actually do the course!.

I eventually decided to go for a different HNC (Mechatronics engineering) as it covered in depth transducers/actuators, electronics, PLC's as well as electrical and mechanical sciences, pneumatics/hydraulics and I thought that with my electrical experience would make me a more rounded engineer.

I got in touch with college (bridgwater) and spoke to peeps on phone and they were very helpfully, they suggested I put a letter from my employer in with my application showing my ability etc (which I did) and then I had a phone interview with my course tutor which went through my experience (I have a fair bit of control/PLC experience/courses etc).

The interview was hard work and the outcome was that basically the electrical side of things would be no problem but the science and espacially MATHS would be very hard work as I would be jumping to a high level basically from scratch!!! but agreed that as long as I am committed he would give me the chance (with a possibility of a maths/science bridging course dependant on how I got on).

Well I just finished my first year going once a week (long journey) and I love it!!! the maths was hideous at the start but slowly got better until after a few weeks I was at a level with all the ONC students (power station apprentices, all great guys) I finished year one with distinctions in MATHS :D Science:) business management, further mechatronics and electronics, cant believe it.

Cant wait for yr 2!!!

Go for it mate, you are good enough to enrol with the certs you have, I found the electical/electronics laughable at the beginning (resistors in series etc) so that gave me a boost:D and just remember the maths will come together after a while.

Im so glad I did'nt go the open learning route as I think sitting in a lecture is a lot different to reading a book etc (talk from experience I have done open learning) I think open learning you learn just enough to complete the assignment etc but very little else, this course (well most of it) is very difficult and I would have sat at home slitting my wrists doing differentation with no face to face support.

Its not just the lecturers that make it easier, the resources that are avaliable to me are incredible, college has gone a long way since my apprentice days (long cold journeys to a falling down southampton city college or poole and bournemouth) we have the library there which have all the specialised books in stock (local library dont have any) and as a higher student I can take 9 at a time, I can renew them online, I get remote desktop which means I get to log on to my college workspace from home and use programs and materials I dont have at home (project etc) they even have a travel agents on site!!!.

I'd also miss the totty!!!!!:D:D
r
emember you get to wear a silly gown at the end too!!!:D:D

Anything else you wanna know im here to help and if you start i'm here for the maths too



Craig
thanks for that i may well be in touch regarding maths! i have just received forms from colu regarding this course and i will be filling these in shortly, just dug up old college books for a dust down! it's all flooding back now! many thanks for your reply.
 
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maddfridge

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hi,

i am thinking of applying to do the hnc via open learning and just wondering if any of you guys have done it this way and can give it the thumbs up/down, and what sort of timescales you were able to complete it in.
i will probably have to also do the maths bridging course which i have been told would take 3-6 months.
i have my c&g 236 pt1&2 also am1&2 16th edition (17th booked in nov).
i have not done onc but have been led to believe that i can go straight for hnc with maths bridging course.

any advice gratefully received thanks!
what mathes bridging course did they suggst a l;evel ?


cheers
 
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zak325

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hi - thought i would add my 2pence worth. I completed my HNC (in Building Services Engineering) last year. I attended Croydon College 1 day a week for 2 years.
Since then due to change in economic climate the number of roles as project engineer has declined rapidly so I have gone back to college to get my C&G 2330 Level 3 under my belt (with an eye to completing 17th Ed & Part P, maybe 2391 + membership to NAPIT) to gain work as a domestic spark.
I found the HNC to be a lot more on the "fluffy" side of things - with modules covering project management, how sites are set up and managed, CDM Regs etc. The most technical part came when we had to complete Group Project - sizing up cables, planning cable run routes, calculating lighting requirements etc.

cheers
 
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montybaber

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There wasnt much that could be described as fluffy on the mechatronics HNC lol, depends on the course etc
 
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maddfridge

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hi all
well finally bit the bullet paid the money now doing the mathematics bridging course towards hnc with teeside
any of you lot done the bridging cousre ??

any tips

cheeers
 
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gal

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Hi You should check out Logis-Tech Associates for distance learning HNC Engineering courses 0141 423 6911
 
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