BTEC Higher National Certificate in Rail Engineering (RQF)

BTEC Higher National Certificate in Rail Engineering (RQF)

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The rail industry around the world is in greater and greater need for technically skilled and professionally aware individuals who can help drive the industry forward. This qualification represents a valuable opportunity for you to develop key skills relevant to the sector, therefore being a part of a robust workforce which supports the evolution of the rail sector.

Pathways within this qualification

This HNC qualification has been developed in collaboration with industry experts, universities, colleges and students to ensure that it is a programme that meets the needs of industry, as well as what you would expect to achieve throughout your course. To help our you develop in your chosen specialism, there are a number of pathways, some of which are listed below:

  • Track
  • Power
  • Command and Control
  • Traction and Rolling Stock
  • Rail Systems

Please note that colleges we work with may choose to deliver a selection of pathways which is why we suggest that you consult with your local college regarding exact options available to you.

Once you have completed your HNC in Rail Engineering, you can complete a level 5 HND in Engineering.

Careers after a BTEC HNC in Rail Engineering

In developing this qualification, we have worked closely with industry experts, universities, centres and students to ensure that we are providing a programme that meets the needs of today’s students, apprentices and the industry’s future.

Individuals who successfully complete BTEC HNC in Rail Engineering will typically seek employment as Rail Engineering Advanced Technician, specialising in Track, Signalling, Telecoms, Traction & Rolling Stock, Electrification, Overhead Lines or Rail Systems. 

(These are suggestions of the typical job roles related to this qualification at this level. Pearson does not guarantee employment upon completion, and you will have a responsibility to make sure that you meet the employer’s requirements.)

Industry support and recognition

For years, employers have valued the skills and knowledge that BTEC Higher National students bring to the world of work. That is why students choose to study our programmes. We are proud to have developed our Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Rail Engineering with experts from organisations, including: The Institute of Railway Operators, West Midland Trains, Alstom, Amey, Babcock International, DEG Signal, MGB Engineering Ltd, NCHSR, NSAR, Siemens and the Railway Industry Association.

Progression to university

We work with universities in the UK and around the world, explaining the content, structure and purpose of BTEC Higher National qualifications, so that the universities recognise your value and accept applications from you as a BTEC Higher National holder onto a degree programme. We currently have agreements to top-up HNs to over 1200 degrees worldwide and we continue our work to grow this number.

Visit our Pearson Degree Finder to find all the current articulations.

Where to study BTEC HNC in Rail Engineering?

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