HNC Automotive Engineering Group Award Code: G96Y 15

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Arrangements for:HNC Automotive EngineeringGroup Award Code: G96Y 15Validation date: December 2008Date of original publication: January 2009Version: 04 (March 2015)

AcknowledgementSQA acknowledges the valuable contribution that Scotland’s colleges have made to thedevelopment of Higher National qualifications.

History of changesIt is anticipated that changes will take place during the life of the qualification, and thissection will record these changes. This document is the latest version and incorporates thechanges summarised below.Versionnumber040302DescriptionRevision of Unit: DE1K 33 Workplace Communication in Englishhas been revised by H8T2 33 and finishes on 31/07/2016.Date27/03/15Revision of Units: DK2K 34 Getting Started in Business has beenrevised by H7V4 34 Preparing to Start a Business and will finish on31/07/2016. DE3N 34 Communication: Analysing and PresentingComplex Communication has been revised by H7TK 34Communication: Business Communication and will finish on31/07/2016.12/01/15Framework updated to include revised Unit Creating a Culture ofCustomer Care H1F0 34.21/05/12

Contents1Introduction .12Rationale for the revision of the award.12.1Background .12.2Market research, consultation and development process.12.2.1 Summary of consultation feedback .22.2.2 Development process .23Aims of the award.33.1General aims of the award .33.2Specific aims of the award.43.3Target groups .43.4Employment opportunities.54Access to awards .54.1Formal entry qualifications .54.2Recommended Core Skills entry profile.54.3Work experience .64.4Speakers of other languages .65Award structure .65.1Framework .75.1.1 Graded Unit .85.1.2 Recommended Core Skills entry and exit levels .85.2Mapping information .95.3Articulation, professional recognition and credit transfer .96Approaches to delivery and assessment .106.1Mode of delivery .106.2Sequence of delivery .116.3Assessment strategy .116.4Integration opportunities.116.5Graded Unit .126.6Resource requirements .137General information for centres .138General information for candidates .149Glossary of terms .1510Appendices .15Appendix 1: Core Skills signposting .15Appendix 2: Mapping of Units to Group Award aims .15Appendix 3: Links to National Occupation Standards (NOS).15Appendix 4: Credit transfer information .15Appendix 5: Suggested delivery schedule .15Appendix 1: Core Skills signposting .16Appendix 2: Mapping of Units to aims .17Appendix 4: Credit transfer conditions .20Appendix 5: Suggested delivery schedule .23

1IntroductionThis is the Arrangement Document for the revised Group Award in HNCAutomotive Engineering, which was validated in December 2008. This documentincludes: background information on the development of the Group Award, its aims,guidance on access, details of the Group Award structure, and guidance on delivery.This revised award will replace the HNC Automotive Engineering which wasvalidated in 1999.The revised award is designed to equip candidates with the knowledge,understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment orfor progression to further academic qualifications.2Rationale for the revision of the award2.1BackgroundThe predecessor HNC Automotive Engineering award, validated in 1999, has beensuccessful with some 250 candidates being registered for it since 2004, building onthe success of previous years. The steady uptake of candidates, which has beenrecorded on an annual basis, indicates that they are mainly from the central belt ofScotland.The latest review of the HNC Automotive Engineering has taken place to takecognisance of the rapidly changing technology and increased use of electronicswithin modern vehicle designs, changes to the HN design principles anddevelopment of Core Skills. The technological advances and use of electronics hasstrongly influenced the Unit content. The structure of the award now fulfils therequirements of not just the original client group but offers opportunity to a widerclient base through the flexibly designed framework.This HNC Automotive Engineering award satisfies the following important criteria: 2.2Group Award framework comprises Units that are relevant to today’stechnology and the diagnostic skills required of a technicianthe framework meets the needs of varying client groups — candidates,employers, professional associations, colleges and training providersMarket research, consultation and development processTo ensure that the new qualification is vocationally relevant and meets the needs ofboth candidates and industry, market research and consultation was carried out bythe Qualifications Design Team (QDT) set up to oversee the development. The QDTalso made use of labour market intelligence and research findings published by theInstitute of the Motor Industry — the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the sector. TheQDT met at key stages throughout the consultation and development process.Arrangements Document: HNC Automotive Engineering (G96Y 15)1

A variety of stakeholders including: The SSCEmployersFurther education collegesTraining providersHigher Education Institutions (HEIS)Candidateswere consulted on: 2.2.1The proposed Unit contentThe proposed award structureEmployment/recruitment needsArticulation to HE coursesSummary of consultation feedbackThe consultation feedback confirmed: 2.2.2The need for a more practical based qualificationThe award should reflect current automotive technologiesGreater integration required between units, particularly the technology-basedunitsMore emphasis required on developing problem solving skillsDelivery options should be customised to meet the needs of candidates andemployersAward content and delivery modes should promote and encourage candidates’achievement and retentionDevelopment processThe QDT developed the Unit content and structure of the award to take cognisanceof the findings of the market research and consultation feedback. As a result: the majority of the mandatory Units contain a practical elementthe framework of the award incorporates up-to-date technologythere are greater opportunities for integration of delivery/assessment of Unitsthe Core Skill of Problem Solving is signposted across many of the Unitsthe range of options reflects specialisms, other than the technological aspects,of Automotive EngineeringUnit content is more relevant to current technological advancements with theaim of increasing candidate motivation and attainmentthe award is designed to develop learning and transferable skillsthe award is designed to address lifelong learning and Continuing ProfessionalDevelopment (CPD) needsArrangements Document: HNC Automotive Engineering (G96Y 15)2

3Aims of the awardThose aspiring to work in the motor industry and current employees seeking todevelop their career must be equipped with the knowledge and skills that will enablethem to not only function, but evolve and continue to remain current, relevant andeffective in an ever expanding and dynamic market. Discussions with employers,training agencies and awarding bodies have highlighted that, as well as beingknowledgeable and competent vocationally, potential employees should havedeveloped transferable and Core Skills that will enhance their future careers andContinuing Professional Development (CPD).As the operation of modern vehicle workshops becomes more professional instructure, organisation and management, those wishing to work in the ‘frontline’must develop the qualities necessary to do so, and ensure their skills and knowledgeremain current and relevant. It is increasingly important, in the competitive market,that employees are more aware of the wider aspects of the motor industry and notjust specific aspects relating to their current position.The aims of the HNC qualification are manifold. There are educational aims relatingto CPD and lifelong learning as well as knowledge and motor-industry related aimsdealing with relevant competences and skills. The qualification has general andspecific aims and objectives as identified below.3.1General aims of the awardThe general aims of the HNC Automotive Engineering are:1To develop knowledge and skills in planning, developing and evaluating.2To enable progression within the SCQF.3To develop study and research skills.4To develop learning and transferable skills.5To develop personal effectiveness and problem solving ability.6To develop awareness of responsible environmental management.7To support career development and Continuing Professional Development.Arrangements Document: HNC Automotive Engineering (G96Y 15)3

3.2Specific aims of the awardThe specific aims of the HNC Automotive Engineering are:3.31To be relevant to the varying needs of the modern automotive engineeringindustry.2To develop knowledge, understanding and skills in automotive engineeringprinciples and technologies.3To provide in-depth knowledge of the vehicular systems, components andintegration of the associated systems pertaining to the sector.4To develop candidates’ abilities to analyse automotive engineering problems.5To develop candidates’ abilities to apply a logical and systematic approach todiagnosis of components and inter-disciplinary vehicular systems.6To prepare candidates for employment in the automotive industry.7To develop specialist competences within the fields of automotive engineering:Light Motor Vehicle; Heavy Goods Vehicle; and Plant andElectrical/Electronic.8To support the academic requirements for membership of automotiveprofessional bodies.Target groupsThe HNC Automotive Engineering is suitable for a wide range of candidates, inparticular the following groups: Post-apprenticeship candidates wishing to advance their careerTechnicians wishing to advance their careerCandidates seeking a career changeCandidates looking for a suitable progression route from further education tohigher education Employees in industry wishing to update their qualifications Employees in industry with no formal qualificationsWithin the industry, formal qualifications are regarded as important for techniciansand other personnel within the motor industry. The HNC offers those candidateswithout a formal qualification the opportunity to gain recognition of their skillsthrough a certificated Group Award.Arrangements Document: HNC Automotive Engineering (G96Y 15)4

3.4Employment opportunitiesEmployment opportunities exist in a variety of contexts and draw on the differentcomponents included in the Group Award framework. Employers wish to recruitmulti-skilled employees who demonstrate good practical skills, possess diagnosticskills and have a good knowledge of current vehicle systems. The ability to problemsolve and demonstrate good communication skills are also in demand within theindustry. The Group Award also provides additional and updated skills toemployees within the industry who are seeking a more challenging role within theircompany or beyond.Candidates may gain employment as: 4Service techniciansMaster techniciansService receptionist engineersWorkshop controllers.Access to awardsAs with all SQA qualifications, access to the award will be at the discretion of thecentre. Access to the HNC should be as broadly based as possible, but consistentwith the selection of candidates who have a reasonable chance of successfullycompleting the course.The following recommendations are for guidance only. Examples of appropriateentry qualifications are specified below. These are not exhaustive or mutuallyexclusive and may be offered in a variety of combinations at the discretion of theparticular centre.4.1Formal entry qualifications 4.2Two Highers (SCQF level 6)Successful completion of a relevant programme of study, eg SVQ level 3,VRQ level 3, BTEC level 3Recommended Core Skills entry profileThe recommended Core Skills entry profile for the award is given in the tablebelow:Core SkillSCQF LevelCommunication5Numeracy5IT5Problem Solving5Working with Others4Arrangements Document: HNC Automotive Engineering (G96Y 15)5

4.3Work experience 4.4Previous experience of employment within the Automotive EngineeringindustryCurrent experience of employment within the Automotive EngineeringindustrySpeakers of other languagesFor candidates where English is not their first language it is recommended that theypossess English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) level 5 or a score of 5.5 inInternational English Language Testing System (IELTS).Centres may also consider applicants who, for whatever reason, do not necessarilymeet the above criteria but are otherwise considered suitable candidates.5Award structureThe HNC has been designed in accordance with SQA’s design principles for HNawards, ie: HNCs shall be designed to be at SCQF level 7 and shall comprise 96 SCQFcredit points with at least 48 credit points at SCQF level 7. This should includea mandatory section of at least 48 SCQF credit points and include one GradedUnit of 8 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7.To attain the HNC Automotive Engineering, a candidate must achieve 12 HNcredits, ie mandatory Units totalling 11 credits and an optional Unit worth 1 credit.The optional Units have been selected to match the expectations of employers,professional bodies and the key competences identified during the consultation.These Units have been selected as they enhance the candidate’s employability; bycovering areas such as communication, IT customer care, business and planningskills.It is at the discretion of the delivering centre which of the options to make available,however, consideration should be given to candidate expectations, career goals andprogression to HE in making this decision.Arrangements Document: HNC Automotive Engineering (G96Y 15)6

5.1FrameworkMandatory Units — 11 credits requiredUnit titleAutomotive Engineering:Electrical and ElectronicPrinciples and AncillarySystemsAutomotive Engineering:Engine ManagementAutomotive Engineering:DiagnosticsAutomotive Engineering:Engine TechnologyAutomotive Engineering:Steering and SuspensionSystemsAutomotive Engineering:Braking Systems andVehicle Stability ControlAutomotive Engineering:Graded Unit 1TotalF53X 34SCQFcreditpoints167SQAcreditvalue2F53Y 341672F53W 34871F540 34871F541 341672F53V 341672F5DN 34871Unit codeSCQFlevel11Optional Units — 1 credit requiredUnit titleCommunication: BusinessCommunication*Information Technology:Applications Software 1Creating a Cultureof Customer CarePersonal DevelopmentPlanningPreparing to Start aBusiness*Workplace Communicationin English7SQAcreditvalue1871871871H7V4 34*871H8T2 33*861UnitcodeH7TK 34*D75X 34DJ42 34(finishes31/07/2015)ORH1F0 34DE3R 34SCQFcreditpoints8SCQFlevelIn accordance with SQA’s design principles, the framework allows for thedevelopment of all five Core Skills.Arrangements Document: HNC Automotive Engineering (G96Y 15)7

5.1.1Graded UnitThe purpose of the Graded Unit is to assess the candidate’s ability to integrate andapply the knowledge and/or skills gained in individual Units, to demonstrate thatthey have achieved the aims of the award, as detailed in Sections 3.1 and 3.2, and tograde candidate achievement. The Graded Unit will be assessed and a grade of A, Bor C will be awarded.Candidates will take a one credit Graded Unit at SCQF level 7 in the HNCAutomotive Engineering award.The Graded Unit is a Project based Graded Unit taking the form of a PracticalAssignment, which it is recommended, is delivered towards the end of the HNC.However, centres should ensure the instructions for the assessment task aredistributed to allow candidates sufficient time to plan and carry out the assessmenttask.The Graded Unit is designed to allow candidates to demonstrate the ability tointegrate knowledge and skills through a scenario drawing on the mandatory Units,in which candidates must diagnose a vehicle with faults. This type of Graded Unitwas chosen to ensure that the essential underpinning theoretical knowledge can beintegrated and used in context, and that the practical nature of the industry isreflected. Candidates will respond to a range of faults in vehicle systems that mayoccur in the Automotive Engineering industry.The Graded Unit requires candidates to plan, develop and evaluate information on aproject w

Automotive Engineering, which was validated in December 2008. This document includes: background information on the development of the Group Award, its aims, guidance on access, details of the Group Award structure, and guidance on delivery. This revised award will replace the HNC Automotive Engineering which was validated in 1999. The revised award is designed to equip candidates with the .

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