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 our Chippenham campus and awarded by Pearson, 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 awarded by Pearson and click on the link below to find out more about Higher National qualifications: 

What will I learn?

 The course typically involves modules in the following subjects:

Year One:

  • Engineering Science
  • Further Mathematics
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Engineering Design

Year Two:

  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Engineering Project
  • Electronic and Electrical Principles (Optional)

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

You will be required to study the optional module subject to student numbers.

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 General Engineering, awarded by Pearson.

Additional costs and information

You may be required to attend an interview and you can apply to this course via the college's website.

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

The cost of this programme is £2,650 per year.

You may be expected to obtain relevant textbooks as recommended by individual lecturers.

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, you could progress onto the HND General Engineering which is planned for delivery at the college from September 2020.

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