HNC in General Engineering // Level 4

This part-time HNC course is designed to meet the needs of individuals who are currently employed full-time in the engineering sector. If you are unable to attend college on a day release basis, but are keen to upskill to further your career in engineering, then this course is ideal for you.

The Level 4 HNC in General engineering has been designed to accommodate individuals from all aspects of engineering and hence, is not biased towards mechanical or electrical engineers. As a result, you will receive a broad grounding and education in a range of engineering subjects incorporating the study units below.


1 Engineering Design 15 4 M
2 Engineering Maths 15 4 M
3 Engineering Science 15 4 M
4 Managing a Professional Engineering Project 15 4 M
8 Mechanical Principles 15 4 S
13 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines 15 4 S
19 Electrical and Electronic Principles 15 4 S
22 Electronic Circuits and Devices 15 4 S

Entry requirements

Generally, students should be at least 18 years old and have either: a full Level 3 National Diploma in a relevant discipline, or an extended Level 3 National Diploma in a relevant discipline, or at least one A Level and a minimum of four GCSEs (incl. Maths and Science) at grade C or above. An interview is required.

If you have not got your Level 3 maths qualification or had a break in learning and need some maths revision you could enrol onto our Level 3 Maths bridging unit starting in July. 


Centre devised assignments, typically four per unit (one per learning outcome).

Progression & Careers

Progression onto an HND or Foundation Degree in Engineering. The College has very good relationships with local and national employers to make sure that your training gets you up-to-date with all the skills employers are looking for and opens up a wide variety of career paths.

Further Information

Over the lockdown period we have endeavoured to provide remote blended learning wherever suitable.

When planning our delivery of 2020/21 Higher Education programmes we have, and will continue to take government advice and work within their guidelines. At present these guidelines are trending towards a relaxing of restrictions, however we are aware that any change in circumstances will impact our planning and we will react accordingly.  

Ultimately it is our wish to provide as much face to face contact as is possible, but with safety as a priority. To achieve this it may be a requirement to limit class sizes to facilitate social distancing limit the size of a learner ‘bubble’. Another strategy would be stagger start and finish times or use a ‘base room’ strategy to minimise movement of learners. 

Where workshop provision is required we will require all PPE to be supplied by the learner except where it is practical for us to disinfect suitably.   

Where these measures are not possible, some theoretical lectures will be delivered online using conference technology such as Microsoft Teams. This form of remote learning should also include mentored support using the ‘chat’ facility in addition to the sharing of learning materials and scheduled sessions. 

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Course detail
Classification HNC
Course Mode Part-time
Level Level 4
Duration Two years
Location Coast Road Campus
Annual fee £2260.00
Start September