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HN Flex: Bitesize university-level study

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HN Flex is a new study option allowing you to undertake selected modules of a university-level course on an individual basis.

Modules are available in Computing and Digital; Construction; and Engineering and are a great option for anyone who wishes to increase their skills and knowledge without committing to studying for an entire qualification.

HN Flex modules are available to undertake separately or stack into a larger qualification. They are designed to equip you with the skills to take your next career steps and reach your earning potential.

Each module takes around one term to complete and can be undertaken on a flexible basis to suit you – learn more about HN Flex study.

Find out more about the HN Flex units we offer and apply today by visiting the links below:



The Engineering Design module is available for HN Flex study.

The aim of this unit is to introduce you to 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.

The topics included in this unit are:

  • Gantt charts and critical path analysis
  • Stakeholder requirements
  • Market analysis
  • Design process management
  • Modelling and prototyping
  • Manufacturability
  • Reliability life cycle
  • Safety and risk
  • Management
  • Calculations
  • Drawings and concepts
  • Ergonomics

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • Prepare an engineering design specification that satisfies stakeholders’ requirements and implement best practice when analysing and evaluating possible design solutions.
  • Prepare a written technical design report and present your finalised design to a customer or audience.
  • Plan a design solution and prepare an engineering design specification in response to a stakeholder’s design brief and requirements.
  • Formulate possible technical solutions to address the student-prepared design specification.
  • Prepare an industry-standard engineering technical design report.
  • Present to an audience a design solution based on the design report and evaluate the solution/presentation.
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