HNC in Engineering [Multiple Pathways]
HNC • Level 4
About the course
If you are looking to further your knowledge within the highly advanced Engineering industry, this course will enable you to develop and apply your understanding of Engineering within your choice from four specialist subject areas:
- Mechanical & Manufacturing
- Electrical & Electronic
- Mechatronics & Robotics
- Manufacturing Operations
This course will develop your analytical and theoretical knowledge of core and specialist engineering principles in your chosen specialism. The programmme will enhanced your underpinning skills enabling you to progress further within the exciting, challenging and diverse fields of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing. Completing a Higher National Certificate in Engineering opens up further opportunities to progress your career, your future earnings, and your potential.
Below you can find the typical modules of study. Modules do change from time-to-time to meet the needs of local industry.
Core modules (studied on all pathways):
- Engineering Science
- Engineering Maths
- Engineering Design
- Computer Aided Design for Engineering
- Managing a Professional Engineering Project
Mechanical & Manufacturing specialist modules:
- Mechanical Principles
- Materials, Properties & Testing
- Fundamentals of Thermodynamics & Heat Engines
Electrical & Electronic specialist modules:
- Electrical and Electronic Principles
- Programmable Logic Controllers
- Digital Principles
Mechatronics & Robotics specialist modules:
- Automation, Robotics & PLCs
- Control Systems
Manufacturing Operations specialist modules:
- Electrical Systems & Fault Finding
- Operations and Plant Management
- Quality & Process Improvement
Type of LearningUniversity Study
Study ModePart-time or full-time
Duration2 years part-time or 1 year full-time.
Awarded ByPearson Higher Nationals
Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including Maths, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering-related subject. A-levels at grade C or above in both a Mathematical based subject and a Science, Technology, Engineering or additional Mathematics related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at level 3. Applications are also welcomed from mature students who have gained relevant skills through a wide range of vocational qualifications or responsible experience and experiential learning will also usually be considered.
You will learn through a range of teaching methods that will include: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Workshops and Practical Sessions, Online resources, Independent Learning Research and Industrial Visits. Assessments are based on Written Assignments, Practical and Laboratory Work, and Presentations so that you can show application of the subjects learned in the classroom.
Careers & Progression
With a HNC in Engineering, you could earn a salary in excess of £28,000 across a broad range of roles through the Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing sector. You'll be eligible to apply for roles such as Design Engineer, CAD Engineer, Quality Engineer, Product Engineer, Project Engineer, Control Engineer.
You will need a notebook, pen, pencil, Casio FX-83GTX Scientific Calculator (or similar), and a tablet/laptop with a word processor for writing assignments. You also need a sketchpad and sketch pens which will be provided during the first week of the course for a small contribution of £5.00.
All specialist software, experiment equipment and specialist computer resources are made available during the course.
Information About Fees
Part-time £3,000 per year (2 year duration). Full-time £9,000 per year (1 year duration). Course fees can be paid privately or via your employer. Fees may also be paid via a Student Finance England (SFE) Tuition Fee Loan subject to your personal eligibility. This course is not eligible for Apprenticeship Levy funding - for Levy funded University qualifications, please see our Bachelor Degree BEng (Hons) in Engineering Design [Multiple Pathways] course.