Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    Tuesday from 18 September 2018 to 21 June 2019

* People in receipt of certain state benefits may be entitled to a reduction in fees. Please call our Enrolment Centre on 0300 123 2344

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: University of Northampton

Qualifications on offer: HNC Engineering HNC

The course is equivalent to the first stage of undergraduate Engineering degree and you are able to transfer to a HND and progress to BSc (Hons) qualifications when you complete the course.

Summary of course

Currently, there is a major skills shortage in the UK for qualified engineers who can undertake a variety of jobs in areas such as management, design, development, planning, control, marketing and sales.

This programme aims to develop the analytical, technical, communication and management skills required by technician engineers in today's engineering industry. It integrates mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering with design, manufacture and business studies. You will relate theory to practice at your place of work.

The HNC provides a gateway for direct entry to the HND in Engineering. Successful students may also progress from the HND onto the BSc Engineering (top up) run at the University of Northampton and ultimately progress to the BSc/MSc Engineering.

This modular part time course has been developed to fit around your existing work commitments. The modular structure enables you to focus your studies on specific topics.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Year 1 Units:

  • ENG1004 Introduction to Engineering Design
  • ENG1005 Electrical Principles
  • ENG1006 Mechanical Principles
  • ENG1047 Analytical Method for Technology

Year 2 Units:

  • ENG1007 Materials Science
  • ENG1048 Engineering Industry Practice
  • ENG2018 Engineering Project
  • ENG2001 Advanced Engineering Principles

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

Throughout the course, particular emphasis is laid on practical applications. You are required, through coursework, to relate theory to practice at your place of work, which would normally be expected to be within a technical department.

This course uses a wide range of assessment methods, including coursework, oral presentations, group work, practical reports, critical reviews, phase tests and end-of-module examinations. This is complemented by the use of specialist computer software so that you gain wide hands on experience of modern computer aided engineering.

You are encouraged to choose a problem for your project which directly relates to your employer's business.

Stage one focusses on developing understanding and expertise in fundamental principles, design methodologies, statistical techniques and relevant computer systems. These skills are then applied and further developed in Stage two when students also undertake a research project which is often work-related.

Typical modules:-

Stage One - Compulsory Modules:

Analytical Methods for Technology - Develops the fundamental knowledge and analytical techniques needed to enable you to study engineering modules successfully as well as analyse and solve practical problems through the application of mathematics.

Electrical Principles - Enables you to understand and appreciate a number of scientific principles that underpin the design and operation of electrical engineering systems.

Introduction to Engineering Design.

Mechanical Principles - Introduces the basic mechanical principles of engineering systems including their design, development and operation.

Stage Two - Compulsory Modules:

Advanced Engineering Principles - Extends your knowledge and practical experience of the principles behind mechanical and electrical engineering.

Engineering Industry Practice - Examines key factors and considerations which an engineering business will have to consider, focussing on the ethics, sustainability and quality that will affect the conduct of an engineer.

Engineering Project - You will undertake an independent investigation in a specific area of interest and communicate your findings in a written dissertation.

Materials Science - Provides an understanding of the properties, selection and use of materials. In addition you will gain a broad knowledge of a range of manufacturing processes and techniques, that can be applied to the selection of materials for a variety of manufacturing applications. This module is designed to provide you with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding applicable to modern industry.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you are are already in employment in Engineering or related discipline and looking to develop your skills, knowledge and expertise in order to enhance your career options and aspirations and wish to gain a Level 4 qualification in engineering. The HNC qualification is a nationally recognised standard in Engineering, and the employment opportunities are many and varied. People with proven skills in Engineering are in great demand both in the UK and overseas.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Holders of the BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate may be encouraged to continue their part-time studies on an Higher National Diploma. In some cases they may be able to gain admission to degree courses.

Career opportunities: Within your own Companies and the wider world of Engineering, and associated industries, there is a need for well qualified engineers. This has produced a demand for flexible individuals with relevant technical knowledge and expertise. Companies of all sorts now require professional engineers to design, acquire, install, operate, and manage engineering systems. The career opportunities from this course are, therefore, very good.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs – mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship
Specific Course Requirements: Level 3 grade must be equivalent to 48 UCAS points; GCSE English and Maths at grade 5-4 (C); applicants should be aged 18 or over.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

All prospective students will be required to attend a formal interview before they are accepted.

General Info (materials required for the course)

When working in the workshops you are required to follow the college rules and wear appropriate PPE.

Course fee information

Tuition fees are £4,000 per year. Fees quoted are for home and EEA/EU students commencing their course in the academic year 2018/19. Tuition fees are payable for each year of the course. The fees are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in 2019. If you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us on 0300 123 2344 or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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