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HNC General Engineering

This HNC General Engineering course is ideal for those currently working in industry who may want to progress into engineering management, or who wish to gain professional recognition by gaining a higher qualification geared to the needs of industry. By completing a General Engineering qualification you will have a broad base of skills and knowledge to build on for the future.

It is also an ideal progression route for those who have completed a level 3 engineering course or apprenticeship and wish to expand their current qualifications and take their level of education higher.

Successful students may wish to convert this qualification into a full Honours degree by progressing onto our B(Eng) Manufacturing Engineering, or onto another Engineering degree.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This part-time course has start dates September and January taking two years to complete. We offer flexible study modes including a day release option or evening only study.

What will I study?

You will be taught in our newly refurbished STEM Centre which has just received £5million worth of investment.

The course offers the opportunity to study General Engineering at a technical level, and as such provides you with a qualification that reflects your theoretical and practical knowledge.

You will study the following units:

  • Analytical Methods
  • Engineering Science
  • Advanced CAD - We have fully equipped CAD suites with AutoCAD, AutoDesk Inventor and Solidworks
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Mechanical Principles
  • PLCs
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Design for Engineering

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of assignments, phase tests, classwork, case studies and formal end of session written examinations. You will be fully supported by our expert tutors with all assessments.

Assessment takes placed throughout the academic year and is not end loaded. You will be fully supported by your tutor.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should possess a National Certificate/Diploma in Engineering, a GNVQ in Engineering, or an equivalent qualification.

Mature students with appropriate life experience will have their prior learning and skills taken into account for entry onto this course.

What are the course fees?

For those undertaking evening study, tuition fees are £2,400 per annum for students enrolling in academic year 2016/17. Tuition fee discounts may be available to employers. More information is available upon application.

Students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. Alternatively, your employer may agree to cover the costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible students, together with details of how to apply for finance can be found on our financial support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

This HNC General Engineering provides you with the skills demanded by industry. It will equip you to work within various engineering disciplines. Alternatively, you could progress onto a number of career options ranging from technical support to middle management. General Engineering will give you a broad base of skills for you to specialise in. You will be exposed to a wide array of engineering disciplines which may fuel your interests. For example, you could choose to develop your CAD and drawing experience in a design engineering role or explore processes and control using PLCs in an industrial environment.

A General Engineering HNC will also open doors to further levels of academic study. On completion of this course, you could progress to HND courses of similar structure or relevant degree courses such as the BEng Manufacturing Engineering with us. General Engineering keeps your options open and allows you to find the discipline of Engineering that best suits your interests and needs. The qualification is widely recognised by both industry and academia and will allow you to further your career and development within the engineering industry.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email enquire @ sthelens.ac.uk or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Ref: Stephen Winn


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Why study Engineering with us?


Excellent facilities and workshops at a purpose built technology centre, which reflect real, working environment.


You will be taught by highly qualified staff with industry experience.

Breadth of courses

We have a range of courses in a variety of engineering disciplines at all levels.

Industry links

We have links with international companies and organisations.

Employment opportunities

Engineering and technology are areas that continue to be in demand.


With the skills and experience gained from our courses and the support from tutors, many of students have successfully secured a variety of engineering positions.