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Engineering HNC

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 year full time
    2 years part time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time:  £4,395 (60 Credits)

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000

  • Location:


Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 894503


Engineering HNC will give you the skills required in electrical and mechanical science, together with mathematics and other engineering studies.

The course is equivalent to the first stage of an undergraduate Engineering degree. This qualification offers a specialist programme of study which provides you with the key knowledge, understanding and lab-based practical skills required in the engineering sector.

Engineering HNC at UON provides a nationally recognised qualification (HNC 120 credits) offering career progression and professional development and opportunities to progress to HND and then on to an honours degree programme.

Updated 11/10/2021


  • Industry focused programme
  • Nationally recognised qualification within the sector
  • Part time and Full time options
  • Progression courses available
  • Access to industry standard specialist facilities

Course Content

  • This programme has been designed to provide the flexible option of one or two-year attendance. The modules have been designed to explore the many areas of engineering and give the student a sound understanding of the analytical subjects related to engineering as well looking at the Engineering Industry and developing important skills in Engineering Design. You will undertake individual and group work to enhance your communication, research and presentation skills. You will also explore the use engineering drawing and the production of engineering models and drawings using computer technology. You will also study analysis of the key areas of quality standards sustainability project management and ethics.

    To gain the HNC qualification, you must complete six compulsory modules to a total of 120 credits and it may be possible for you to progress onto the BSc (Hons) qualifications at the University of Northampton on completion of this course.

  • The course is designed to support the Engineering industry by providing highly skilled and motivated individuals that have the opportunity to progress into a broad range of engineering careers. Those without relevant work experience may enter the course with one A-level qualification or MM at BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering, as well as GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or recognised Level 2 equivalent).

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £4,395 (60 Credits)
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2021 entry.

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU – Full Time:£9,250
    • UK and EU – Part Time: £4,350 (60 Credits)
    • International – Full Time: £12,900
    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2020 entry.


    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our Scholarships page.

  • Engineering students at UON can get involved in our Formula Student project.

    Formula Student challenges students to design and build ​​​a single-seat racing car in order to compete in static and dynamic events, to demonstrate their understanding of the vehicle while testing its performance.

  • Where will I be taught and what is the schedule?

    This qualification is taught at the University of Northampton Waterside campus and offers full-time (2 days a week  – 2 semesters) and part-time (1 day a week, 2 semesters per year) study options.

    Will I have access to specialist facilities?

    Yes, you will have access to the following during your course:

    • Newly-built specialist Engineering labs and interactive learning zones
    • Dedicated Electrical/Electronics Lab
    • Dedicated Mechanical Science Lab
    • Dedicated Engineering Workshop
    • Full CAD facilities
    • Well designed and populated Virtual Learning Environment to offer students access to course notes, assignments and other learning resources.

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Careers and Employability

This course will lay the foundations for you to enter careers and progress in a diverse range of engineering roles, including:

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Engineering Technician