Awarded By: Pearson
Duration: 2 years part-time
Level: Level 4
Last Updated: 21-01-21

The HNC Engineering, designed in close partnership with local and regional employers, combines specialist work related study and hands-on experience, making the course ideal for those looking for progression into an industry specific management role.

This course provides opportunities to broaden your understanding of mechanical and electronic engineering, developing a deeper knowledge of engineering design, maths and science. Studying a total of eight units over a two year period, focus will also be given to engineering management and mechatronics, whilst management skills will be explored, tested and challenged in the management of an engineering project unit.

This HNC will also allow you to develop an understanding of management structures within industry, providing a clear, holistic overview of how engineering businesses operate.


On this course you will study eight units over two years.

In your first year you wiil study:

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Mechanical Principles

In your second year you will study:

  • Management of an Engineering Project
  • Engineering Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Mechatronics

For the full course specification, visit the Higher Education section of our website, available here.


The course is delivered via a combination of lectures, practical sessions and seminars. Currently we are operating a blended learning model, with some modules taught via online learning methods and other modules delivered remotely. 

You will also have access to our virtual learning environment for additional resources, to support your studies.


You will be assessed throughout your programme to support your development. These assessments will be both formative and summative in nature. Formative assessments will comprise of class activities and practical tasks on site whilst summative assessment will be made up of a range of assignments throughout your programme of study.


Upon successful completion of the HNC you may choose to progress onto a HND in a relevant subject, to develop your knowledge and skills further. To progress, an additional application is required. HNC graduates who choose to move directly into industry, or progress within already held employment typically secure roles such as Engineering Technician, Manufacturing Engineer, Maintenance Engineer and Quality Engineer.


Mode of study: 2 years part-time

Tuition fee: Part-time Year 1 (2021/2022) £3,000, Year 2 (2022/2023) £3,000

Location: Preston's College, Fulwood Campus (except trips and visits)

Minimum numbers required for this course to run: 6


Preston’s College operates a flexible admissions policy, welcoming applicants with a wide range of qualifications and/or experience, with each application assessed on its own merit. We also recognise prior learning/attainment (RPL) and experience, meaning it may be possible to map some of your existing qualifications against the modules for the HNC Engineering qualification.

If this applies to you, we will discuss this with you at the interview stage.

For students who have recently been in education, we would expect an applicant to have one of the following:

A-Levels: At least two A-Levels in an appropriate subject area (equivalent to 72 UCAS points)
BTEC Extended Diploma (or equivalent): Level 3 in Engineering or similar discipline at grade MMP or higher
BTEC Diploma (or equivalent): Level 3 in Engineering or similar discipline at grade DM or higher
Pass Access Course: Access to Higher Education Diploma in a related discipline at Level 3
International Baccalaureate: H7 = 72 UCAS points
Other qualifications or requirements: An NVQ diploma or equivalent competence based qualification
Applicants with industrial experience will be considered on a case by case basis for the course
GCSE: Applicants must hold a Level 2 qualification in Maths and English.
Other qualification: IELTS 6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification.

A good application will be taken into account if you do not meet the above criteria.

International students
You may need to apply for a Tier 4 visa in order to enter and study in the UK. However, please note that Preston’s College does not hold a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence to support student visa applications.