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What are the potential benefits and disadvantages of doing this course rather than going uni.
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What are the potential benefits and disadvantages of doing this course rather than going uni.
Hello, I'm a third year engineering student so I thought I'd try and answer this. A HNC is the equivalent of studying one year at uni. HNC's are more practical than a degree would be, but also aim to offer the specialist knowledge you require. It is my understanding that you only need to study 1 day a week, which might be an advantage if you don't have the time to go to university with other commitments. Another thing a HNC can offer, is the opportunity to join a university after the first year, which could mean an alternative pathway if you want to go to university. I believe HNC's have a slightly cheaper tuition fee than a degree would be.

I think the advantages of a degree are mostly to do with university life. Living somewhere new with new people, and becoming more independent. These are some things that you might not do if you were to do a HNC as it is not a full-time course. A degree at uni takes up a lot more time than a HNC, but some people might find this what they need if they do not have other commitments.

Hope this helps.

~Caitlin~
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Hello, I'm a third year engineering student so I thought I'd try and answer this. A HNC is the equivalent of studying one year at uni. HNC's are more practical than a degree would be, but also aim to offer the specialist knowledge you require. It is my understanding that you only need to study 1 day a week, which might be an advantage if you don't have the time to go to university with other commitments. Another thing a HNC can offer, is the opportunity to join a university after the first year, which could mean an alternative pathway if you want to go to university. I believe HNC's have a slightly cheaper tuition fee than a degree would be.

I think the advantages of a degree are mostly to do with university life. Living somewhere new with new people, and becoming more independent. These are some things that you might not do if you were to do a HNC as it is not a full-time course. A degree at uni takes up a lot more time than a HNC, but some people might find this what they need if they do not have other commitments.

Hope this helps.

~Caitlin~
Thanks for your help
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I done HNC Electrical Engineering then MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering. It's mainly designed for electricians seeking a more technical qualification to add to their CV or people seeking a career as an electrician or electrical engineer. The HNC can be used as an entry path to university or an apprenticeship. Usually those that do an apprenticeship end up in a more hands-on role like an electrician or technician and those that go to university end up in a more office based job.

Would you rather work in an office or lab at a desk or do practical work in factories or people's houses? Personally I prefer practical work and would advise going down that route as there will always be a demand for electricians, whilst graduate jobs are extremely competitive and not so well paid for the effort nowadays.You can always change later but it's much easier to go from electrician > electrical engineer than the other way around which is my biggest regret with going to uni
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