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General Engineering HND (Level 5) - Full-time


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:

  • engineering design
  • engineering maths
  • engineering science
  • managing an engineering project
  • research project
  • professional engineering management
  • further mathematics
  • lean manufacturing

Specialist units:

  • electrical systems and fault finding
  • operations and plant management
  • mechatronics
  • automation, robotics and PLC 
  • industrial services
  • further PLCs
  • industrial systems

Next steps

Entry onto this course is via UCAS 
Course code: 001H
Institution code: N30

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


10 September 2018 - 26 June 2020

Course code:


Fees / reductions:

2018/19 fees are yet to be confirmed.


HND in General Engineering


2 years full-time

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You should have successfully completed 5 GCSEs at grade 5/B or above, including English Language and Maths, or a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification plus English Language and Maths at GCSE grade 9 to 5/A* to B.

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

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 will be through assignments.


The HNC/D 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 here.

Examples of career areas include: research and development, design, technical sales, and production. 

Additional information

Entry onto this course is via UCAS

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