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HNC General Engineering - Level 4


Do you have an interest in making things? The tremendous possibilities of the techniques and processes developed by engineers can only be realised by great design, as well as a solid understanding of maths and science. This course will give you a flexible, solid understanding of engineering, as well as studying several areas at a more in-depth level. You can build upon this knowledge with further Higher Education study.

This course is validated by Edexcel.


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Entry requirements

In order to start this course, you will be expected to have successfully completed, or have evidence of working towards, at least 64 UCAS points, which is equivalent to:

  • 2 A Level grade C/grade 4 in appropriate subjects, one of which should be Maths.
  • BTEC National Diploma at grade MM – with a distinction in Further Maths for Technicians and Mechanical Principles.
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma at grade MPP – with a distinction in Further Maths for Technicians and Mechanical Principles.

We normally require three GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above, to include English language and maths: English and maths at Level 2 are essential requirements.

Start dates and fees

Course fees are payable for each year of all university-level courses. To identify your course fees and the financial support that may be available to you, please visit the finance and funding page, or contact a member of the HE team at the college.

Additional costs: As a rough guide you should allow bewtween £100-£300 for books on top of basic stationery and IT costs, per year:

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20202 yr(s)1008D101£7000.00Apply
Sep 20202 yr(s)1008D1£7000.00Apply

How long is the course?

This is a full-time, one-year course, with attendance two full days per week.

You will also need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to research and work outside the classroom.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods are varied and may include written reports, presentations, case studies, individual/group projects and reflective statements. For mathematical subjects there may be time-based assessments in the classroom.

What will I study?

Core HNC units:

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project

There will be four additional units which are to be confirmed, however, they will be chosen from the following list. These units will be discussed with students as soon as they are confirmed. Module titles may be subject to change.

  • Renewable Energy
  • Mechatronics
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Digital Principles
  • Electronic Circuits and Devices
  • Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM)

What can I go on to study?

Upon successful completion of this programme, you have the opportunity to further your Higher Education study at another educational institution.

How do I apply?

Please complete our online application form, paying particular attention to previous qualifications and the personal statement. If you experience any difficulty, please contact the HE team on 01623 627191 ext 8996, or email us at

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