HNC Engineering (Fast Track)

Course: BTEC HNC Diploma in General Engineering (QCF)-Fast Track
Code: QHNCL5ENG2/F010H
Location: Hartford Campus
Dates: 18/09/2017 to 25/05/2018
Times: 00.00 to 00.00
Fee: £5230.00
Hours/week: 12.00
Weeks: 30



01606 74444

What is the programme structure?

A variety of units will be studied that will prepare students for progression within the many areas of Engineering. Units include: Engineering Science, Maths and Analytical Methods, Computer Aided Design Technologies, Project Design, Electronic, Electrical and Digital Principles, Electrical Power Systems, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Principles and Personal and Professional Development.

Who is the programme for?

The qualification prepares learners for employment in the Engineering sector or further study at university. Learners who are already employed in the Engineering sector will be able to study for a qualification that will support their career progression. This course has the following pathways: General Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Electrical/Electronic Engineering.

How long does it take to complete?
Students will study for the HNC in Year 1 and on successful completion can progress to HND in Year 2. The course will be offered over 2 days a week for students not currently employed in the Engineering sector, or 1 day and 1 evening for those currently employed in the industry.

What qualifications do I need?

Students need to have 3 GCSEs at grade C or above, plus a minimum of 120 UCAS points from any of the following programmes: BTEC Extended Diploma/Certificate/Award or equivalent Level 3 course in Engineering (with some units at merit level), A/S – A Levels preferably to include Maths or science subjects, AVCE. Alternatively, an NVQ Level 3 in a relevant area or a Pass in an appropriate kite-marked Access to Higher Education course (preferably to include Maths and Science subjects). A choice of programmes to prepare students for employment in the Engineering sector, supports career development or enables further study at university. Students who do not meet the admissions requirements will be considered for entry if they can demonstrate that they have the relevant vocational experience, motivation and qualities appropriate for the level of the programme. Where possible an academic or vocational reference will be required to ensure suitability for this level of programme.

What does it include?

Unit 1 Analytical Methods for Engineers
Unit 2 Engineering Science
Unit 3 Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
Unit 6 Health, Safety and Risk Assessment in Engineering
Unit 57 Mechatronics
Unit 69 Advanced Computer-aided Design Techniques
Unit 71 Combinational and Sequential Logic
Unit 103 Further Mathematics for Technicians
(Unit 103 can be accredited if you have completed Level 3 Unit 28 further mathematics)

Are there any special facilities for the programme?
The College has excellent resource based learning areas which include computer resources and equipment laboratories.

Will there be any extra costs involved?

Students will be advised to purchase recommended textbooks for some modules and there may be additional costs for educational trips and visits. Students are advised to purchase Engineering Mathematics £32. Find out about tuition fees and additional course costs

How is the programme assessed?
A range of assessment methods will be used, including reports and presentations, academic essays and work-related projects. Tutor assessments will be continual throughout the course. Formal assessments are moderated by the awarding body. There are no exams.

What award will I achieve?
Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma in Engineering

Examining/Validating Body:
Pearson Edexcel

What can I do next?

Key progression pathways from this industry recognised qualification:

• Direct entry onto the second or third year of a Degree or Honours Degree programme, depending on the match of units studied to the Degree programme in question

• Entry into employment as an engineer/technician in a wide variety of industries

• Career development prospects for those already employed in industry

Equal Opportunities:

Mid Cheshire College is committed to the implementation of a policy to achieve equality of opportunity for all staff, students and members of the community it serves. In doing so the College will actively work to achieve equality regardless of age, race, skin colour, disability, gender, marital status, sexuality and faith.

Additional Learning Support is available for HE students who declare a disability or a specific learning difficulty, and who have claimed the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA). See link below for details.

How do I get further information?

Contact the college on 01606 74444, visit the website or email

Apply online
For HNC Engineering (Fast Track)

All applicants wishing to apply for a Higher Education course at Mid Cheshire College must apply through UCAS – see the link below for help with the application process. Although the deadline is 15th January, we will consider late applications but advise applying by the end of April.

The only exception to this is for those applying for the employer-sponsored HNC/HND Engineering, who can complete the 19+ Application Form which can be downloaded here.

To find out more about the application process and how to write personal statements, follow the resources below.

Do you have any questions?
If there is anything you would still like to know about this course, please don't hesitate to ask us.

Money matters.
Depending upon your circumstances, you may be able to apply for financial support to help you during your studies. Find out more.