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HNC General Engineering (part-time)

Key course information

Engineering, Manufacturing and Civil Engineering


2 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.The course is awarded by Pearson. Click on the link below to find out more about Higher National qualifications:

What will I learn?

After completing these two years, you will achieve a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in General Engineering.

The course typically involves modules in the following subjects:

Year One:

Engineering Science
Engineering Mathematics
Mechanical Principles
Engineering Design

Year Two:

Managing a Professional Engineering Project
Electrical & Electronic Principles
Thermodynamics and Heat Engines
Fluid Mechanics

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 two 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.

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

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve an HNC in General Engineering, awarded by Pearson.

Additional Costs and Information

You may be required to attend an interview.

You can apply for this programme via the college website.

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

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

Click here for the programme handbook.

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, Manufacturing and Civil Engineering

Career Opportunities

  • Project Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • CAD Operator

  • CNC Machinist
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Renewables Engineer

108,000 engineering apprenticeships were started in 2018, the highest number in 10 years

65 million engineering jobs are predicted to be available by 2024

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