General Engineering HNC

Course Code: 4477

Qualification title: Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in General Engineering (QCF)
Course code: 50136
Campus: Ashford - Jemmett Road
Mode of attendance: Part-time Daytime
Duration: 2 years
Awarding body: Pearson Edexcel
Credits per year: Year 1 (60), Year 2 (65)
Download the course handbook for 2016/17 (PDF)

This programme provides study over a range of disciplines to help you develop skills for career progression or further study at degree level. The programme is aimed at students who wish to work as technicians or technician engineers in design, manufacture, maintenance, testing or fault finding. It has been developed in consultation with local industry, and combines theory and practical work with a focus on industrial applications.

The qualification has been designed to meet the growing demand for engineers equipped with a modern skills set and who have work-related and technical knowledge that encompasses the engineering functions of design, manufacture and maintenance.

The HNC qualification is at level 4 of the UK qualification framework and is equivalent to the first year of a degree programme.

Why should students study this programme?

The programme

The programme is aimed at students who wish to enhance their promotion prospects in the engineering sector. You will study in an exciting learning environment and receive strong support from staff throughout your studies.


You will study at our Ashford campus, which has excellent rail links to the City of London and to the Ashford International railway station and Eurolink.

How you learn

We deliver innovative ways to learn and traditional teaching is supported by online resources within a virtual learning environment.

Teaching staff

Our staff maintain excellent professional contacts and are committed to supporting the learning of each student.

Target audience:

The programme is aimed at individuals who are employed in the engineering industry and wish to enhance their career prospects and/or make the first step into higher level study, as well as those seeking a change of career.


The programme consists of eight modules, each weighted at 15 credits (unless otherwise indicated).

Year 1:

- Analytical Methods for Engineers
- Engineering Science
- Electrical, Electronic and Digital Principles

Year 2:

- Electrical and Electronic Principles
- Materials Engineering
- Advanced Computer-aided Design Techniques
- Combinational and Sequential Logic

The following module spans both years of the programme:

- Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation (20 credits)

Students must successfully pass all modules to achieve the qualification.

Skills and experience gained:

You will develop transferrable skills, particularly in teamwork, problem solving and time management, and intellectual skills such as the ability to think logically, analyse and evaluate theories and models, and the ability to communicate your findings orally and in writing.

Description of teaching and assessment methods:

Teaching is by a combination of lectures, which will provide you with a broad overview of topics, and workshops, which will be led by student presentations and will provide you with the opportunity to develop practical skills and discuss particular issues. Lectures will involve the use of a variety of materials, original documents, Internet research and PowerPoint demonstrations.

All modules are assessed by written assignments and in-class tests. There are no timed examinations. You will be required to give a presentation for your project.

Expected timetabled hours and time commitment outside timetabled hours:

The programme typically involves an average of six timetabled hours over one day per week for the duration of each 30 week academic year. You will also be expected to dedicate at least five hours per week to self-directed study to carry out research and assignment work outside of timetabled classes.

Equipment required:

Programme materials, lecture slides and links to learning resources, including a wide range of electronic journals and databases, will be available to you via Moodle, the College’s virtual learning environment.

You will be required to undertake significant reading and research and you may need to purchase some books. A reading list will be available before the start of the programme.

Entry Requirements:
Applicants should hold one of the following on entry:

- Two A Levels at grades CC or above, including one in a relevant subject (e.g. Maths or a Science subject)
- A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in a relevant subject at grade MPP or above
- A BTEC Level 3 Diploma in a relevant subject at grade MM or above

Equivalent qualifications will also be considered. In addition, applicants must be employed in a relevant position in the engineering sector on entry to the programme.

Mature applicants (those aged 21 or over at the start of the course) who do not hold one of these qualifications but who possess a suitable level of relevant industry experience and/or qualifications are welcomed and will be considered on an individual basis.

All applicants will be interviewed.
Career Options:
Successful completion of the programme will enhance your employment prospects in the industry; the HNC is a highly regarded industry qualification and the blend of theory and practical skills gained by students is valued by employers. Starting salaries for graduate engineers can be as high as

Starting date for this course

Friday 29 Sep 2017
2 years

Fees for this course

Students aged 16-18 >

Tuition: £2950

Students aged 19-23 >

Tuition: £2950

Concessions for those over 19 are available. If you believe you may be eligible, please contact us.

An exam registration fee of up to £150 (depending on the mode of study) is payable by all students aged 19 and over unless you are self-funding a Level 3 (or above) course.

Students aged 24 or over >

Tuition: £2950

Concessions for those over 19 are available. If you believe you may be eligible, please contact us.

An exam registration fee of up to £150 (depending on the mode of study) is payable by all students aged 19 and over unless you are self-funding a Level 3 (or above) course.

Overseas status students (per year) >

Tuition: £2950

The fees given for 'Overseas status students' will normally apply to students who are from a country outside the European Union (EU) and have not been resident in the European Economic Area (EEA) for the three years before the start of the course. Please note that there are exceptions to this rule. For most courses, the fee for overseas status students is higher than for other students because the College does not receive funding from the UK government for overseas status students. Please contact our Applications Team if you are unsure whether or not you are an overseas status student.

A material fee of £20 is payable by all students on a full-time course.

This course IS NOT eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan.
All fees are payable to West Kent and Ashford College on enrolment.

Please note that all published fees are for the first year of the programme only. A fee will be due for each subsequent year of the programme and will be requested at the beginning of each academic year. Fees for each subsequent year will be subject to an inflationary increase, based on the appropriate inflationary measure set by the Government each year.

The fees stated above only apply to the specified course, start date, mode of attendance and location. Fees may be different for courses where these details are not the same and will be different in future academic years.

Please note that for courses at Level 2 and below, fees are payable for each year of a course, so if a course has a duration of more than one academic year, the fees shown are for the first year only and the same rate of fees will be due for subsequent years.

All students who do not achieve a pass at the first sitting and need to take a re-sit will be responsible for re-sit fees.

Kit fees are payable to an external supplier, not the College, so are excluded from the total payable to the College. Where applicable, kit fees normally cover essential equipment or clothing for the course. Details about how to purchase these items will be provided with the joining instructions sent to you by the College (once you have applied and been accepted for the course) or at the beginning of the course.

We make every effort to ensure the fees we publish are accurate but sometimes we will have to change the fees for a course, such as when changes in government funding occur. We therefore reserve the right to change fees without notice.

How to Apply

You can apply for this course now by calling on 0845 207 8220 or contact us using the enquiry form.

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