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General Engineering HNC/HND

Course Overview

This general Engineering HNC is a two-year course for those seeking a formal qualification which provides a mix of mechanical and electrical units to satisfy today’s industrial requirements. Local business and industry require the best people to promote and expand the future of Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic Engineering. General engineering is for those engineers who need to be conversant with both mechanical, electrical and electronic aspects of engineering and is a compilation of mechanical and electrical options. The course is delivered over one day per week for 36 weeks making it suitable for those employed in industry who are permitted day release for study. There is an opportunity to study an extra year at the end of the course and achieve the Higher National Diploma during which you would develop further skills and knowledge to suit a range of careers and disciplines within industry.


The course aims to develop your general engineering knowledge and practice ensuring you are an industry relevant and highly skilled individual ready for employment or academic progression.

What topics are covered?

Engineering Maths, CAD, Engineering Science, Mechanical Principles, Lean Manufacturing, ThermoFluids.

What are the entry requirements?

The HNC requires 96 UCAS points via A-levels or Level 3 AME / Diploma or any other suitable qualification. Merits are required in the following BTEC Level 3 Units: RQF/ NQF 2016 – Unit 1 Engineering Principles / Unit 7. Calculus to solve engineering problems / Unit 8. Further engineering mathematics. Or QCF 2010 – Unit 4. Mathematics for engineering technicians / Unit 28.Further mathematics for engineering technicians. GCSE English and Maths C/4. Mature students who do not meet the entry criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered on the basis of relevant work experience and passing the course entrance assessment.


The HND requires HNC Engineering or equivalent qualifications with Grade C/4 GCSE Maths and English. Mature students will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

What qualifications will I gain?

  • HNC – Higher National Certificate in General Engineering
  • HND – Higher National Diploma in General Engineering

Who is the awarding body?


How will I be assessed?

You will be taught via a mixture of lectures, laboratory workshops and directed independent study tasks. Work and progress is assessed by a range of methods, which may include assignments, projects, case studies and practical exercises. Employers may also be involved with project work and other assessments to help ensure that course content is up to date and relevant.

What can I do after this course?

Students successfully completing the BTEC Level 4 HNC can progress on to the HND at Bath College or elsewhere. You can also continue in or on to employment and apply your improved knowledge and skill set to practice.

How much does this course cost?

The cost of the HNC is £6000, this is completed over two years at a cost of £3000 a year. The HND is £3500 and completed over one year.

What funding is available?

You can apply for a loan to cover your tuition fees and a maintenance loan for living expenses. To check if you are eligible for funding, please go to the Funding for HE Students page.

What do I need to bring?

You will be advised of individual requirements for the first day but you will need a scientific calculator, note-taking facilities and commitment to study.

What else do I need to know?

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you apply for your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

How do I apply?

Click the apply button at the top of this page to be taken through to the UCAS website where you can apply, please make sure you select the right course (HNC or HND) from the UCAS page

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