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General Engineering HNC/HND

Course Overview

This general Engineering HNC/HND 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. 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.

What topics are covered?

This two-year HNC course comprises of four core units, together with six specialist units which may be selected by students.

The core units are:

  • Analytical methods for engineers
  • Engineering Science
  • Electrical Principles or Mechanical Principles
  • Project design, implementation and evaluation


The specialist unit include thermodynamics, CAD/CAM techniques, electronic principles, electronic and digital principles, fluid mechanics, programmable logic controllers, micro-processor systems, management of projects, business management techniques for engineers and many others.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is aimed at those working in the engineering sector who wish to broaden their skill set and enhance their career prospects and those who wish to seek opportunities in the engineering sector.

What are the entry requirements?

A-levels or Level 3 Diploma or any other suitable qualification. Mature students who do not meet the entry criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered on the basis of relevant work experience, passing the course entrance assessment (if deemed

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 learn?

A mixture of classroom, laboratory, and independent learning.

What hours will I be in college?

You will study five units each year from 09:00-17:30 on Fridays.

How will I be assessed?

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 5 Higher National Diploma in General Engineering may be able to enter the second year of a full-time or sandwich degree course in a related subject.

How much does this course cost?

The cost will be £2700 per year from 18/19 onwards.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs, only the course fees are applicable.

What funding is available?

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

Which department is this course in?

Department of Engineering

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in Roper Building.

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?

You can apply for this course using our online application form (click the ‘Apply’ button).

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