General Engineering - part-time HNC (Level 4)

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Course Code: HE0013-1C Course Type: Adult qualifications and professional Campus: Broadwater Campus Start Date: September 2021 Duration: 2 Years Qualification: BTEC HNC General Engineering Awarding Body: Pearson

Engineering machinery

This course is aimed at people already working in engineering who wish to progress into management or further their opportunities and career. It will provide a more in-depth and analytical approach to engineering than an apprenticeship.

  • Recently rebuilt facilities
  • Investments in new machinery
  • Taught by industry experts
  • Good pass rates year-on-year
  • Excellent record for student career progression

The course uses a mostly theoretical approach to underpin the practical aspects of engineering. This is achieved with a mixture of lectures and practical work in our well-equipped workshops and labs, as well as using our industry-standard engineering software systems.

Students will learn the skills needed to analyse an engineering problem and provide a range of solutions. From this, they will objectively select the most suitable solution and implement it – before finally carrying out an evaluation of the solution and its impact.

The course is titled General Engineering as it is suitable for people working in, or looking to work in: manufacturing, maintenance, mechanical, process, operations, or design engineering. Recent students have worked in fields as varied as medical equipment, offshore renewable energy, oil and gas systems, aerospace, engine design and development, and general production manufacturing.

In addition to workplace career progression, the course  will enable academic progression to university or on to  HND courses.

  • student Views James Miles
    The teaching staff here are hugely supportive
  • student Views Jordan Mann
    We have very good facilities, particularly the 3D printing machines.

BTEC National Cert or Dip in Engineering, or other related BTEC Level 3 qualification, or appropriate A Level,  or related work experience plus maths assessment at interview.

Please complete a personal statement with your application (under 'My evidence' in the online application form).

The Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in General  Engineering (RQF) have been developed to focus on:

  • The education and training of mechanical engineers/technicians who are employed at a professional level in a variety of types of technical work, such as in: electrical, electronic or communication design, manufacture, maintenance and technical services areas of the engineering industry
  • Providing opportunities for mechanical engineers/technicians to achieve a nationally recognised Level 4 or Level 5 vocationally specific qualification
  • Providing opportunities for learners to gain a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification to enter employment as an engineer/technician or progress to higher education vocational qualifications, such as a full or part-time degree in mechanical engineering or related area
  • Providing opportunities for learners to focus on the development of the higher level skills in a technological and management context
  • Providing opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Course module list

  • Engineering maths
  • Engineering science
  • Workshop practices
  • Materials properties and testing
  • Engineering design
  • Managing a professional engineering project
  • Mechanical principals
  • CAD for maintenance engineering

There will be a requirement for learners to undertake independent study in their own time.


Our Broadwater Campus in Worthing houses our state-of-the-art machinery for general, mechanical and electronic engineering, including 3D printers, robots, lathes, vertical and horizontal milling machines, drilling machines and welding equipment, as well as CAD and the latest computer hardware and software. Our engineering facility was rebuilt only three years ago to provide modern classrooms, workshops and computer labs.

On completion of the HNC qualification, students may progress to an HND course.

Potential careers:

  • Research and development engineer
  • Production management
  • Design engineering
  • Production or test engineer

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