Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (General Engineering)

Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (General Engineering)

Higher Nationals in Engineering are designed to develop students as professional, self-reflecting engineers & technicians, able to meet the demands of employers in the rapidly evolving engineering sectors and adapt to a constantly changing world.

The qualifications can be studied by engineers/technicians who want to achieve a nationally recognised Level 4 qualification for professional development or as an alternative path to gain higher education.

Having completed the HNC programme, further progression opportunities include a HND in Engineering or BEng / BSc in Engineering.

Entry requirements

Students will typically have one of the following:

  • Merit overall in BTEC Level 3 with Merits in Maths and one of the Engineering Principles subjects expected/achieved or any other Level 3 qualification in a related subject.
  • A minimum of two A Levels with one in a related subject at Grade C or above
  • Access to HE with relevant options
  • Extensive relevant work experience - mature learners with extensive work experience and/or professional qualifications in a related industry.
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  • To develop engineers with core knowledge, skills and techniques who are able to be successful and progress in the engineering sector
  • To provide students with the opportunity to fault find, problem solve, propose solutions and engage in professional engineering practices relevant to the engineering context in which they work whilst exercising resilience, ethical and social responsibility
  • To provide a structured programme of development to equip students with the necessary transferable skills to support academic and or professional progression in the industry
  • To provide a flexible and engaging programme of study informed by employers, the Engineering Council Engineering Technician Standard (EngTech) and The Institute of Engineering Technology (TMIET) (Technician Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology)

The course is completed over a two-year period. Each year comprises of two semesters, each lasting for 15 weeks. Lessons begin at 8am and finish at 4:30 pm.

Year 1

Semester 1

Engineering Maths

Engineering Science

Semester 2

Mechanical Principles

Quality & Process Improvement

Year 2

Semester 1

Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CADCAM)

Engineering Design

Semester 2

Managing a Professional Engineering Project

Materials, Properties & Testing


The Higher National units are assessed internally. Individual units are graded with a Pass, Merit or Distinction and are assessed in a variety of ways, such as presentations, written reports, log books and practical tasks. Assessment activities have been carefully designed alongside additional self-study/work-place study, outside of the taught sessions.