HNC General Engineering (part-time)
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Course Type
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Sep 2020
Part-Time HE
About this course

Delivered at Wiltshire College & University Centre's 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 accredited by Pearson and click on the link below to find out more about Higher National qualifications: 

What will I learn?

After completing these two years, students will gain an Higher National Certificate (HNC) in General Engineering and students may choose to continue onto a Higher National Diploma (HND) in General Engineering.

The course typically involves modules in the following subjects:

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Mechanical Principles
  • 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 BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Engineering with 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 and written assessments for some higher grades.

Practical sessions take place in modern purpose built labs with specialist equipment and software provided.  Students have access to resources such as the college's online learning environment, eStudy as well as free access to a wide range of eBooks.

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

Additional costs and information

Students may be required to attend an interview and the cost of this programme is £2,650 per year.

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

If a student wishes to study part time, they are welcome to apply directly to the college.

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

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 the HNC in General Engineering, students can progress onto the HND in General Engineering.

An HNC in General Engineering satisfies the current academic requirements for Membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET).