General Engineering - HNC

Course Code: ET1HE575

UCAS Code: H100


Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
14/09/2020Bispham Campus1 Year / £8,335 Apply
14/09/2020Bispham Campus2 Years / £2,500 per year Apply
19/01/2021Bispham Campus18 Months Apply
14/09/2021Bispham Campus1 Year / £8,750 Apply
14/09/2021Bispham Campus2 Years / £2,500 per year Apply
How you will study with B&FC for the 2020/21 academic year.

Course Overview

General engineering has excellent career opportunities available for appropriately qualified and skilled personnel. The part-time HNC in General Engineering aims to foster the technical and transferable skills required for employment and progression within employment in this specialised field of engineering. The programme is a product of close collaboration with key industry employers.

This course is offered both full-time and part-time (full-time over 1 year and part-time over 2 year duration).

Entry Requirements

Admission to a part-time level 4 (HNC) would normally be on the basis of the following prior achievement:
A minimum of 48 UCAS points (previously 120 on former UCAS Tariff) excluding functional skills in an appropriate discipline or who have achieved a level 3 qualification such as Pearson Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering or an AS or A2 A level qualifications and are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will be considered.

Qualification Obtained

BTEC Higher National Certificate in Engineering

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Engineering DesignET4MD18815Mandatory
Engineering MathematicsET4MD18915Mandatory
Engineering ScienceET4MD19015Mandatory
Mechanical PrinciplesET4MD19115Mandatory
Electrical and Electronic PrinciplesET4MD19215Mandatory
Fundamentals of Thermodynamics Heat EnginesET4MD19315Mandatory
Managing Prof Engineering ProjectET4MD19415Mandatory
Cad for EngineeringET4MD22215Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Handbook

Programme Specification