The Course

The aim of this HNC Engineering qualification is to allow students to develop into professional, self-reflecting individuals who are able to meet the demands of employers in the rapidly evolving engineering sector and adapt to a constantly changing world.

The qualification aims to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

This programme is subject to validation.

View the policies and procedures that students registering on this programme would be agreeing to comply with.

Financial Information

Find the full details on the fees associated with this programme and the financial support available here.

  • What You Study

    • Engineering design
    • Engineering maths
    • Engineering science
    • Managing a professional engineering project
    • Mechanical principles
    • Fundamentals of thermodynamics and heat engines
    • Electro, pneumatic and hydraulic systems
    • Land-based machinery and technology.
  • Entry Requirements

    • Applicants will have a minimum of 48 UCAS points, which may be from qualifications such as A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas, amongst others. Please use the UCAS Tariff points calculator to determine the UCAS points value of your qualification. 
    • Applicants need GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C / 4 or above, or an equivalent qualification. 
    • Applicants need an appropriate academic reference.
    • Life and / or experience of non-traditional students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.
    • If first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C / 4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.
  • Contact Time

    Approximately 16 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, work experience, practicals and tutorials. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (25-30 hours a week). Part-time is also available. Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week.

  • Learning and Teaching Approach

    For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to facilitate the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminars / practical sessions that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically. The focus of the teaching approach is to give a model that can be applied in the work place, putting theory into practice and vice versa. The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom. You can choose to study at either our Bishop Burton campus, in East Yorkshire, or our Riseholme campus, in Lincolnshire.

  • How You're Assessed

    Assessment methods include case studies, presentations, real life management problems, problem-based scenarios and reflective assignments. Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the feedback.

  • Progression

    On successful completion of this HNC, you will be able to progress on to a Higher National Diploma (HND), or on to the second year of a degree, such as our FdSc in Agriculture (Precision Crop Technology).

  • Careers

    On completion, students will be able to go into wide and varied job roles, such as land-based machinery technicians, mechanical engineering technicians, land-based machinery sales representatives or land-based machinery demonstrators.

  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    Students will need to buy overalls and appropriate footwear. Waterproof clothing and footwear for outdoor practicals is also required.

    A suitable electronic device, e.g. a laptop or tablet, with internet connectivity is required for accessing online learning.

    Trips and short courses may also be offered at extra cost.

    On successful completion of the programme, students have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.

  • How To Apply

    Application for the full-time course is through UCAS - code HCEM - and application for the part-time programme is through our online application form.

    Applications for the year you wish to study open in September the year before. Whilst UCAS advertise a January deadline, we continue to accept applications through to the September you wish to start with us, provided we have spaces available and the programme remains open.

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