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HNC Engineering

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Course title


BTEC Higher National Certificate in Engineering – 120 credits
(Three pathways available: Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, General Engineering

Campus location

Whittingham Campus

Why study this course?

This course comprises eight modules of study – all at Level 4 and carrying 15 credits each.
There are four compulsory modules, plus four optionals.  The choice of optional modules will determine the title of the final award.

Every effort will be made to accommodate individual choices of optional modules, however, the College cannot guarantee that every option will be available.

Length of course

Part time over two years

Compulsory modules


All pathways contain the following compulsory modules:

  • Engineering Design – 15 credits
  • Engineering Mathematics – 15 credits
  • Engineering Science – 15 credits
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project – 15 credits

Optional modules

For the Electrical and Electronic Engineering pathway, there is an additional compulsory module:

  • Electrical and Electronic Principles – 15 credits
    Plus 3 optional modules 

For the Mechanical Engineering pathway, there are two additional compulsory modules:

  • Mechanical Principles – 15 credits
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines – 15 credits
    Plus 2 optional modules 

For the General Engineering pathway, four optional modules may be chosen 

There are currently 25 optional modules published covering a wide range of engineering specialisms. 

Options chosen reflect student interests and work roles.


Part time, from September 2020:

  • Students attend College one day per week during term time and participate in a range of activities including lectures, workshops, practical activities, tutorials and presentations.
  • Students are allocated a personal tutor to support them in the transition to higher education programme, as well as provide advice and guidance.
  • Students are encouraged to use a wide range of resources, including books and online journals from the Learning Resource Centre on Campus, as well as online learning materials.


You will engage in a range of learning and assessment activities and be encouraged to become effective and independent in researching and presenting work.

Assessment is through practical and theoretical assignment activities, where there are between two and four assignments set per module of study.

All assignment work is both assessed and quality assured within College, as well as being subject to quality assurance sampling by the awarding body.

How to apply

Part-time applicants should apply via the ‘Apply’ link on the Halesowen College website.

If your qualification(s) are not listed, please contact Halesowen College’s Admissions Team for further guidance on 0121 602 7888.

Entry requirements

English and Maths GCSE grades C/4 or above 
A related Level 3 qualification.

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Any other information an applicant would need to know at this initial stage?

Applicants who have been out of education for several years and/or have not studied Maths above GCSE level should seek advice via Admissions regarding a bridging Maths course.

Start date

September 2020


2020 course timetable to be confirmed.

Currently, for 2019 entry, the full time course is delivered one full day (Wednesdays)


2020 course timetable to be confirmed.

Course fee (per annum)


Course code

Engineering: H423
Electrical and Electronic Engineering: HEN1
Mechanical Engineering: HEN2

Study mode

Part time, from September 2020

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