Level 4/5 HNC/D - General Engineering


The Level 4/5 Higher National Certificate/Diploma in General Engineering is designed to develop knowledge and skills across a broad range of engineering technologies essential to businesses in a rapidly evolving economy. It also aims to give key transferable skills that are valued by employers.

Studies will focus on a core knowledge which is required by all engineers such as Engineering Design, Engineering Maths and Engineering Science. Additionally, the programme aims to provide essential engineering management skills.

Teaching, learning and assessment

In order to ensure learners acquire and develop the appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills, timetabled face-to-face classes are combined with independent learning and online learning.

Learners will attend lectures, practical sessions, online lectures, workshops, tutorials and informal group study sessions. There will also be opportunities to go on site visits to view state-of-the-art projects, and attend guest lectures by specialists from industry, the professional bodies or other academic institutions.

Course content

You will complete a broad range of units including

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a Professional Management Project
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles


  • Engineering Management
  • CAD for Engineering
  • Further Mathematics
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Sustainability
Level 4/5 HNC/D – General Engineering

Qualification type

Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in General Engineering
Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in General Engineering


Course duration

  • HNC - 2 years, part time (1 day a week)
  • HND - 2 years, part time (1 day a week)
  • January 2023 start


Doncaster campus

Entry requirements

Level 2: 4 x GCSEs (Maths, English, Science) – grade C/4
Level 3: BTEC National Qualification in appropriate subject (Engineering) –
grade MMM
3 x A-Levels with at least 1 in appropriate subject (Maths/Physics/Chemistry) – grade C

Course costs

Tuition fees are £3,600 per year and candidates will be able to apply for a Student Loan. This is available through Student
Finance England. Go to gov.uk/student-finance for more information.