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Engineering Higher National Certificate & Diploma

Approval status

This course will run but is subject to minimum numbers

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English & Maths grade C or 4/5
  • Relevant Level 3 qualification, e.g. BTEC, UAL, A Level, Access to HE Diploma etc.
  • 64 UCAS tarrif points
  • Mature students may have commensurate work/business /industry related experience that may be considered

Credit Transfer

Transfer of credit from another qualification is considered on a individual basis and will require an interview.

About the course

This course provides an extensive knowledge and skills in engineering with specialist units available in Advanced Manufacturing and Automated Systems. You will be studying in the new (£11m) state-of-the-art Harlow Advanced Manufacturing Centre (HAMEC) equipped with over £2m worth of industry standard machinery and equipment. There is a huge demand for qualified engineers locally, nationally and internationally. We work closely with industry to ensure our courses meet the requirements of employers.

Why study?

The course covers the fundamental engineering concepts and skills required of a higher technician as well as providing a sound basis for further study at degree level. As with all engineering day release programmes, individual modules may be studied separately to update knowledge. The course is delivered through a mixture of classroom activity, guided assignment work and examinations. Emphasis is placed on problem solving skills and students should expect the delivery to reflect this combined with associated mathematical concepts.

BTEC is the world's most successful and best-loved vocational qualification brand and is renowned for engaging students in practical, interpersonal and thinking skills for more than thirty years.

BTEC Higher National qualifications are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the principal vocational qualification at Levels 4 and 5.

The qualification provides a clear line-of-sight to employment and to progression to a degree.

Where will this course take me?

After the HND a Top-up to a full Degree may be possible. Check with Universities directly or the UCAS website.

After the HNC – you could ask to transfer to the second year of a degree. Again, contact the University's admission team direct after searching the course on the UCAS website. Or you could continue at Harlow College and complete your HND.

This course also prepares you for working in a variety of engineering environments, including senior technician to production and manufacture operations.

Core modules


Mandatory Core Units    
Module Level Credit
1. Engineering Design 4 15
2. Engineering Maths 4 15
3.  Engineering Science 4 15
4. Managing a Professional Engineering project 4 15
Specialist Units  
Module Level Credit
7. Machining and Processes of Engineering Materials 4 15
9. Materials, Properties and Testing 4 15
12. Engineering Management 4 15
17. Quality and Process Improvement 4 15


Mandatory Core Units
Module Level Credit
34. Research Project 5 30
35. Professional Engineering Management 5 15

Mandatory Specialist Units

Module Level Credit
39. Further Mathematics 5 15
49. Lean Manufacturing 5 15
Specialist Units 5 15
36. Advanced Mechanical Principles 5 15
48. Manufacturing Systems Engineering 5 15
50. Advanced Manufacturing Technology 5 15

*These modules may be subject to change

How much does it cost?

£5,500 per year with an inflationary rise if you proceed to the HND.
You may access a student loan for the fees and maintenance.

The Student Finance England website has full details and you can use their calculator to see what help you may be entitled to.

Included in the fee:

  • £10 free printing per year
  • All tuition and assessment

Not included in the fee:

  • Printing over £10
  • Cost of trips
  • Cost of residential visits
  • Basic stationery

*There may be additional costs for this course


The timetable should be available a month prior to commencement.

Teaching & Learning

Teaching will be a combination of individual, paired and group work. Assessment methods will vary for each unit but will be a range of:

  • Written and practical assessment
  • Mind Mapping
  • Presentations
  • Discussions
  • Action research

Assessment & Feedback

Each qualification is assessed with either a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Assessment methods will vary for each module but will be a range of:

  • Written assessment
  • Mind Mapping
  • Presentations
  • Discussions
  • Practical assessments
  • Action research

 The % of teaching and learning that is:

  • Coursework/written 70%
  • Practical 30%
  • Work based learning 0%

The % type of planned learning:

  • Planned hours face to face 40%
  • Independent study 60%

Assessment % how much is:

  • Final assessment end loaded 0%
  • In year assessment/continuous 100%

Types of assessment %:

  • Controlled assessment (open book or closed book) 0%
  • Exam – written 0%
  • Exam – multiple choice 0%
  • Portfolio 20%
  • Practical piece 20%
  • Work based 0%
  • Assignment based 60%

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