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HNC Engineering (General) (Part-time)

Key course information

Engineering and Manufacturing


3 years

University Level


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Course Overview

Delivered at our Chippenham campus, this course is designed to provide a high quality work related qualification creating good career opportunities as a technician, an engineer or a manager.The course develops specialist skills and builds knowledge in mechanical, electrical and electronic principles.Developed in association with the industry, this course meets the demands of modern day engineering giving you a high quality work related qualification and making you an attractive prospect for employers.

What will I learn?

The course typically involves modules in the following subjects:

Year One (HNC):

Engineering Science
Engineering Mathematics
Engineering Design
Quality and Process Improvement
Electro, Pneumatic and Hydralic Systems

Year Two (HNC):

Engineering Project
Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers
Mechanical Principles

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry Requirements

Although Pearson do not specify formal entry requirements for students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include the following:

- Two A Levels at grade C or above in relevant subjects such as Mathematics or Physics or a level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Engineering at grades MM or above.

- Three GCSEs in English, Mathematics and Science at grade C (4) or equivalent.

- Interviews are likely to include an initial assessment.

- Where English is not the applicant's first language, applicants must demonstrate capability in England at a standard commensurate with IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 being awarded on individual sections).

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Studied part-time over three years, this course is assessed through a mixture of continuous assessment methods using coursework assignments, exams and written assessments for some higher grades.

Practical sessions take place in modern purpose built labs with specialist equipment and software provided.

You will have access to resources such as the college's online learning environment, eStudy with free access to a wide range of eBooks.

A Higher National Certificate (HNC) in General Engineering plus further learning such as work based learning meets the academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration.

Additional Costs and Information

You may be required to attend an interview and you can apply for this programme via the college website.

You can contact the college on +44 (0)1225 756200 or email for more information.

The cost of this programme is £2,650 per year.

You will be expected to obtain relevant textbooks as recommended by individual lecturers.

Should you wish to progress to HND in a third year, then 2 additional HND units will need to be achieved during the second year of your HNC. These units are priced at £800 each but will be deducted from the overall HND fee in the 3rd year.
HND units in year 2 of the HNC are optional.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England. Please visit for more information.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Engineering and Manufacturing

Career Opportunities

  • Chemical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer

  • Drafting and Design Engineer
  • Production Manager
  • Operations Research Analyst

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