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In Short

Highly regarded by employers, the BTEC Higher National Engineering is a nationally recognised qualification designed to provide you with the skills demanded by industry.  All applicants should have a commitment to study at a higher education level.

When redeveloping the HNC in Engineering Pearson collaborated with a wide range of students, employers, providers and subject experts to ensure that the new qualification met their needs and expectations.  There is now a greater emphasis on employer engagement and work readiness. The new BTEC Higher National qualifications in Engineering are designed to reflect this increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways

The Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Engineering (RQF) is a qualification with a  minimum of 120 credits of which 60 credits are mandatory core.  Studying at a Higher National Certificate level will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to enhance existing skills or to progress to a professional or managerial career in engineering.  Your first year will build on your existing knowledge of the sector; in the second year you will continue to develop these skills through theoretical and practical projects.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally be at least 18 years of age and have a BTEC Level 3 in Engineering or related Level 3 qualification and/or relevant professional experience.  In addition applicants should hold A* to C grade and/or 9 to 4 in GCSE Maths (or equivalent).  Applicants will be invited for interview.



Course Content

To achieve the HNC in Engineering (General Engineering) or (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) you will need to complete a minimum of 120 credits of which 60 credits are mandatory core.


The mandatory core units for HNC are:

Engineering Design, Engineering Maths, Engineering Science, Managing a Professional Engineering Project (Pearson set)


In addition to the mandatory core you will also study the following four units:

Engineering Management, Electrical and Electronic Principles – Mandatory unit for Electronics pathway. Optional for General Engineering Computer Aided Design and Manufacture and Mechatronics.


(* please note Specialist and Optional units may be subject to change)

How will I be assessed?

The course is predominantly assessed through the completion of large projects that you will undertake both individually and in groups.  Much of the study will require work outside of formal classes, so self-motivation and good time management skills are essential.  As a guideline you are advised that a 15-credit unit approximates to a learning time of 150 hours.


The HNC in Engineering is equivalent to Year 1 of a Degree so many universities will accept students with HNC to Year 2 of a BA/BSc Honours Degree depending on the match of the units to the degree programme in question.


UCAS course search will enable you to explore options for courses available throughout the UK.


The course fees for all students for this course will be £3250 per annum for 2023/24. Details of the student finance available for all higher education students can be found on the student finance website this course is classed as part-time HIGHER EDUCATION.

This course is available to study as part of an Apprenticeship.  You will need to have an employer within the Engineering field and course costs can be covered from their Apprenticeship Levy.

Additional Course Costs

Please note International Students will be charged an additional £250 admin fee on top of their tuition fee.

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