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Pearson Level 4 Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers

The aim of this unit is for students to investigate how Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and industrial robots can be programmed to successfully implement automated engineering solutions.
1 Years
Level 4

Course Structure

The course is studied over a period of 17 weeks and comprises a single unit accreditation for Unit 15: Automation , Robotics & Programmable Logic Controllers from the Pearson BTEC HNC Engineering qualification.  

Among the topics included in this unit are: PLC system operational characteristics, different types of programming languages, types of robots and cell safety features.


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Available Sessions

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Pearson Level 4 Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers



Time: 18:00-21:15



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Contact Hours

Contact Hours Per Week 3 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials

Personal Study to include Practical Assessments

A further 3 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials

Entry Requirements

General Entry Requirements:

  • A minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above to include:
  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy
  • GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Numeracy


  • A minimum of 64 UCAS points

English Language Requirements for International students:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English

Equivalent qualifications include:

  • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
  • Successfully completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
  • ESOL Level 2 

Tier 4 Students:

  • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)


  • Successful completion of the admissions process


  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning.  Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Candidates are assessed using a range of different methods. These include assessments, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of the unit of study.  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

Where will it take me?

This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to investigate how PLCs and industrial robots can be programmed.  Successful completion can lead to follow on opportunities including further study on the Level 4 HNC Engineering programme.

How will it make me more employable?

The purpose of single unit accreditation is to allow learners considering enrolment on the HNC Programme an opportunity to experience study with SERC.  Learners who complete this qualification may wish to consider the full HNC in the future.  Single Unit accreditation also allows for practitioners within Engineering industry to upskill in specific areas.

Additional Costs

 There are no additional associated costs.


 Accreditation for this unit is through Pearson.

Course Modules

 This course covers single unit accreditation for Unit 15: Automation , Robotics & Programmable Logic Controllers from the Pearson BTEC HNC Engineering qualification.

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

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