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HNC in General Engineering (Level 4)


Course outline

If you have always had an interest in making things, combined with the creativity to solve technical problems, then this full-time course can help you towards becoming an engineer to meet requirements for an all-round programme of study.

This programme is designed to give you the flexibility and technical capability to be one of the engineers of the future, by exploring the integrated nature of engineering in general. This includes design, manufacture, maintenance, mechanical and electronic and electrical engineering. You could apply this knowledge across a huge range of industries, from food to plastics or pharmaceuticals. You could also work in utilities or even the armed forces.

With this course you will gain skills and knowledge across a range of core and more specialist units. The course will suit you if you’ve completed relevant studies at an advanced level (A level or equivalent) or have relevant industry experience and want to pursue a career in engineering.

The course contains significant project-based learning including laboratory investigations, design work, projects, case studies and tutorials.


Core units:

  • Analytical Methods for Engineers
  • Engineering Science
  • Project Design Implementation and Evaluation

Specialist units:

  • Further Mathematics (Level 3)
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Electrical & Electronic Principles
  • Engineering Design
  • Advanced Computer-aided Design Techniques
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Mechatronic Systems

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Central College Nottingham, Highfields, Jesse Boot Avenue, Science Park, University Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 2RU


21 September 2017 - 06 June 2018

Course code:


Fees / reductions:

Full fee: £6950
Various bursaries are available for Higher Education courses.

HNC in General Engineering


1 year

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

You should have successfully completed a minimum of four GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above including English Language and Maths.

Applicants must also have completed one of the following Level 3 qualifications equivalent to 32 UCAS points:

  • A levels in one or more relevant subjects e.g. Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Technology
  • PP – BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • M – BTEC Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
  • Pass grade on an appropriate Access to HE Diploma
  • Other Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject

You must be aged 18 or over at the start of the course.

Mature students are welcome to apply. If you are a mature applicant you will need to demonstrate the ability to study at this academic level and have a genuine interest in the subject area. All applicants will be considered on interview. You must have a minimum of 80% attendance on your current course (if applicable).

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is through assignments.


The HNC qualification is widely recognised in its own right and provides students with the skills required for employment in a broad range of industries with either a managerial or technical bias. The HNC qualification is widely recognised in its own right and provides students with the skills required for employment in a broad range of industries, with either a managerial or technical bias. After successfully completing the HNC you could also top-up your qualification to an HND at Central.

Examples include:

  • Top-up to an HND qualification
  • Research and development
  • Design
  • Technical sales
  • Production
Additional information

Fees for the 2017/18 academic year are yet to be confirmed.

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