General Engineering HNC Overview
A Higher National Certificate is the first level of Higher Education (Level 4). Completion of this course will allow for progression on to a Higher National Diploma (Level 5) and potentially a Full Degree programme. In addition, completion of a General Engineering HNC provides evidence that you have developed the fundamental knowledge and skills that would be required to perform the key duties of a Multi-skilled Engineer in industry.
Our General Engineering HNC programme is available with full Online Delivery and Assessment. This is a Distance Learning programme, but not in the traditional sense. Our resources consist of Bite-size instructional videos and interactive practice questions. In addition, all of our Assessments can be completed and assessed entirely Online.
Studying by Distance Learning can be a challenge. Completing an HNC with us will be a real testament to your personal motivation, organisational skills, perseverance and persistence. These are additional personality traits and transferable skills that are highly desired in the Engineering sector.
General Engineering HNC Course Content
A BTEC HNC in General Engineering is an 8-unit qualification, consisting of both mandatory units and specialist units. To view the awarding body programme specification, please click on the BTEC Edexcel image.
The Engineers Academy® BTEC HNC in General Engineering is made up of the following units (specialist units may be subject to change):
Core HNC Engineering Units:
- Unit 1 – Engineering Design
- Unit 2 – Engineering Maths
- Unit 3 – Engineering Science
- Unit 4 – Managing a Professional Engineering Project
Specialist General Engineering HNC Units:
- Unit 5 – Renewable Energy
- Unit 8 – Mechanical Principles
- Unit 9 – Materials, Properties and Testing
- Unit 19 – Electrical and Electronic Principles
Entry Requirements for our HNC in General Engineering
Although the Awarding Body for our General Engineering HNC does not specify formal entry requirements, it is the responsibility of centres delivering the qualifications to ensure that students have a reasonable likelihood of success on the programme.
Individuals from a range of different backgrounds express an interest in General Engineering programmes. Some have academic qualifications, but no formal experience, whilst others have worked in Engineering for many years, but have not completed relevant academic qualifications.
Secondly, studying via Distance Learning (particularly Online) can differ greatly from traditional study.
For these reasons, we ask that all applicants complete relevant Bridging Courses prior to enrolment. Our Bridging Courses are designed to enable the development of analytical, problem-solving skills that are required when studying Higher Education programmes in Engineering. Participation and completion of these Bridging Courses will provide some assurance that students enrolling on to our HNC courses will be willing and capable of engaging with their course materials and our Study Platform.
To enrol on to our General Engineering HNC you should complete the following Bridging Courses:
- Level 3 Essentials Maths for Engineers (40 hours approx.)
- Level 3 Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering (25 hours approx.)
- Level 3 Fundamentals of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (25 hours approx.)
These courses can be ordered as a discounted bundle below:
- Level 3 *MULTI-DISCIPLINE BUNDLE* (90 hours approx.)
Upon completion of each course you will receive a certificate. Achieving a certificate in each of the Bridging Courses above will entitle you to enrol on to our General Engineering HNC Programme.
Additional Programme Study Requirements
You will be provided with full, unlimited access to the Engineers Academy Study Platform for the duration of your HNC programme. In order to access the Study Platform, you will need an Internet connection and Internet access. In addition, you will need to own, or have access to the following:
- A scientific calculator (Casio FX83GT or equivalent)
- A Desktop or Laptop Computer (for some activities a mobile device may not be sufficient)
- Microsoft Office 365 / LibreOffice software (or equivalent)
Note: You may also be required to register for additional subject specific software, but wherever possible, we aim to recommend software that offers free trials or student licenses.