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In this one-year course, students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the engineering sector by studying level 4 units. Altogether, this course has 8 mandatory units out of which five are core units and the remaining three are specialist units. All units have a 15 credit value.

Core Units (Mandatory):

  • Unit 4002: Engineering Maths
  • Unit 4003: Engineering Science
  • Unit 4061: Programming for Engineers
  • Unit 4062: Professional Engineering Practice (Note: This is a Pearson-set)
  • Unit 4063: Engineering Mechanics and Materials

    Specialist Units (Mandatory):
  • Unit 4022: Electronic Circuits and Devices
  • Unit 4033: Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
  • Unit 4067: Digital Devices and Systems
  • Entry requirements

    One A-Level either in maths, physics or engineering with grade C or above, or BTEC Level 3 Diploma with MP grade or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with MPP grade in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or General Engineering or above or the international equivalent of the above (UK ENIC equivalent qualification).

    Students with the Level 3 qualification in an engineering discipline with industrial experience may be considered.

    You should have GCSEs grade 9 - 4 (grades A*-C) in English, maths and science or equivalent, plus you will take a college test in maths and general science/engineering in case of non-availability of GCSE qualification.

    All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS overall 6 and 5.5 in each band.

  • Who is the course for?

    This one-year course is suitable for young, mature adults seeking to reskill/upskill in the engineering sector.

  • Study methods

    A mixture of theory by lectures/teaching (70%), practical demonstrations/workshops (25%), tutorials/virtual learning environments (3%), guest speakers and mini projects (2%) with 15 contact hours per week over 32 weeks during the academic year.

    Students are expected to complete approximately 90 hours per unit for each 15-credit unit of independent study (i.e. on research and completion of assignments) and unsupervised form of learning (e.g. e-learning, e-assessment, coursework, work-based learning, etc.).

  • How is the course assessed?

    Assessment is through a series of time-constrained written assignments that involve design projects, reports, practical, simulations, posters, logbooks and presentations and tests.

  • More information

    Please click here for the Course Handbook – containing full course details plus information on

    • Assessment and grading
    • College rules and resources
    • Student support and representation.

      Please click here to view the Terms and Conditions for our HE students.

      UCAS code: H400

      For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2024-25 academic year. The OfS has published providers on its Register and HRUC (and HCUC as we were known before Jan 2023) has been registered since 10 December 2018. Please visit for more information.
  • Where Next – Job Opportunities

    The skills offered as part of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the Engineering sector. Previous students have successfully gained employment in the following roles:

    • Production Engineer
    • Design Engineer
    • Project Engineer
    • Installation and Commissioning
    • Maintenance Engineer
    • Technical Sales
    • Technical Trainers
    • Technicians
    • Lecturers
    • Quality Control, etc.
  • Where Next – Further Studies

    After completing the HNC course, students will be able to progress onto the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Electronic and Electrical Systems Engineering at HRUC (Uxbridge College)/West London Institute of Technology, with a view to completing a full degree programme at the university.

    Many professional bodies also recognise HNC for further professional study.

  • Fees
    • Home student fee: £6,500

    • International student fee: £8,500. There is also a registration fee for international students. This is between £115-25.

      The fees quoted are for one year of study and include tuition, exam fee, materials, ID card (which gives access to the college and facilities e.g. library) and college registration.

      Fees will be no higher than those published, subject to an Access and Participation Plan being approved by the Office for Students.

      Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria. Harrow, Richmond and Uxbridge Colleges (HRUC) does not create the criteria for fee status. The fee status criteria is provided in regulations and guidance, published by the government.

      For information on the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate for study on a Higher Education (HE) course at Uxbridge College please contact the Careers Team on 01895 853333.

      If you are unsure about your status, please contact the Careers Team at Uxbridge College. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also has information about residency for international students.
  • How to apply

    To apply for a course either click the APPLY NOW button - fill out the form online and submit

    OR download an application form here and post it to the address on the form.
    When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.

Course starting Sep 2024

Starts 30 September 2024

Duration 32 Week(s)

Location Uxbridge Campus

Days/Time Monday-Friday
09:00 - 17:00

About this course

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