Engineering HNC Level 4

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    September 2019


The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Engineering (General Engineering) is the equivalent to the 1st year of a University Degree and provides a specialist programme of study that covers the technical knowledge, understanding and practical skills relevant to careers in the Engineering sector.

This course will prepare you for employment in the Engineering sector.

What will I do?

The Engineering HNC course is made up of both mandatory and optional units.

The mandatory units include:

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project (Pearson-set)

The optional units could include:

  • Renewable Energy
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mechanical Workshop Practices

The course is taught using a balance between practical and theory, including e-learning, one-to-one support, individual learning plans, external visits, events and speakers.

The entry qualifications for the Engineering HNC are an MMP profile on an Engineering BTEC Level 3 course or a related subject, or an A-level equivalent (minimum 80 new UCAS points), or an Access to HE qualification.

You will also need a Level 2 qualification or above in English and Maths (e.g. GCSE or Functional Skills) and/or minimum IELTS score 6.

Individual cases will be considered if you fall outside any of these categories.

The Engineering HNC will take you one year to complete. You will attend College for two days a week, 9:00am-4:30pm, plus independent study.

During your programme of study, 30% will be within lectures and 70% through independent study.

The Engineering HNC will cost you £5550.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

You can apply for a student loan to cover the costs of course fees. You may also be able to apply for various grants and loans to support your learning. Specific advice regarding student loans and other benefits can be obtained from

The careers team based in College can also assist your application. Please contact them via the Information Line on 01205 313218.

International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or for details on fees.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

The assessment of Pearson's Higher National qualifications are criterion-referenced and you will provide evidence in the form of assignments which are assessed against the unit learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

All units are individually graded as a pass, merit or distinction. A pass is awarded for the achievement of all outcomes against the specified assessment criteria. Merit and distinction grades are awarded for higher level achievement.

Your assessment consists of 87% coursework and 13% practical examination e.g. presentations and group discussions.

This qualification is highly valued by employers and can lead to careers in Engineering. A key progression path for HNC learners is to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme depending on the degree in question.

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If you live outside of the UK and would like to apply for this course, please complete the International Enquiry Form.

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