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HNC Engineering (General) (Part-time)

Key course information

Engineering and Manufacturing


2 years

University Level

3250.00 per year

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Course Overview

Delivered at our Chippenham campus, the Higher National Certificate (HNC) Engineering (General) pathway is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning.The course provides a wide-ranging study of both Mechanical and Electrical/Electronic Engineering and is designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in this sector.In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of Engineering, this course will give you experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare you for further study or training.

What will I learn?

The course typically involves modules in the following subjects: Year One (HNC):

- Engineering Design

- Engineering Maths

- Engineering Science

- Quality and Process Improvement

- Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems

Year Two (HNC):

- Engineering Project

- Mechanical Principles

- Automation, Robotics and PLCs

- Professional Engineering Management (*Level 5 unit)

- Further Maths (*Level 5 unit)

Please note: Modules and course content are subject to change.

Level 5 units do not make up the Level 4 HNC study programme but can be taken as standalone units (additional cost) and/or as part of the HND Level 5 study programme.

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 one of
the following:

- A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering (any pathway).

- Other related Level 3 qualifications such as an Access to Higher Education
diploma awarded by an approved Further Education institution.

- This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C (9 to 4 or
equivalent) in subjects such as English and Maths.

- Related work experience

- An international equivalent of the above

Don't quite reach the entry criteria? You can still do this course via our Access
to Higher Education

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

The duration for this part-time course is 2 years. Attendance is one day per week.

Teaching and Learning:

Studied over two years, this course is assessed through a mixture of continuous assessment including assignments, written assessments and exams 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 our online learning environments, eStudy and Microsoft Teams with free access to a wide range of eBooks and journals.

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 £3,250 per year.

You may be required to purchase relevant textbooks as recommended by individual lecturers.

Should you wish to progress onto the HND in the third year, two additional modules highlighted with an asterisk will need to be achieved during the second year of the HNC.

These modules are priced at £650 each but will be deducted from the overall fees for the HND.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College & University Centre 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

This course will enable you to progress onto the Higher National Diploma (HND) in General Engineering or an equivalent level 5 qualification.The course will also allow you to work within the engineering industry.

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