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HNC Engineering

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Are you working in engineering? Would you like to improve your career prospects? Southampton Solent University’s one day a week HNC Engineering programme will help you to develop the essential mathematics, electronics and mechanical engineering skills required to thrive in a range of engineering roles.

  • This two year course includes a mix of theory, practical work and hands-on experiments.
  • Learning is supported by modern laboratory and workshop facilities including a recently refurbished electronics lab.
  • Available simulation / analytics software includes MultiSim, SolidWorks, Autograph and Data Studio Suite.
  • Students pick from a range of optional units, tailoring the curriculum to their own unique career ambitions.
  • The second year of study includes manufacturing and microcomputer applications as well as an individual work-based project.
  • This work-based project is a great opportunity for students to build on their own industry specific experience.
  • Teaching is delivered by experienced academics with a range of industry backgrounds.

The industry

It is estimated that there is an annual shortfall of 81,000 professional engineers in the UK alone. This critical skills gap is thought to be affecting the UK’s ability to stay competitive, implying that demand for engineering professionals is likely to increase.

The programme

This course aims to provide students with the advanced knowledge required for progression in the engineering industry. Past students have been able to gain an insight into real-life engineering problems, working on projects that are relevant to their day-to-day work.

Specialist facilities include a production and electronics laboratory for designing, building and testing electronic circuitry; and a heat treatment laboratory containing furnaces that heat specimens and components up to 1100oC. The materials testing laboratory has large tensile testing machines and the manufacturing laboratory features a range of advanced equipment including a 3D printer, a rapid prototyping machine and a laser cutter.

The engineering academic group’s network of industry contacts have previously provided students with the opportunity to work on live briefs, helping them to develop analytical, problem solving, team working and business management skills. These elements can help students develop a range of transferable skills and ensure they are well prepared for a professional working environment.

Next steps

Could you benefit from a professional engineering qualification? Whether you are looking to move into supervisory, senior technician, or engineering management roles, Southampton Solent’s HNC Engineering programme is the perfect way to prepare for the next steps in your career.

Have you got a question about applying?


UCAS codes


  • 2 Years Standard entry

Typical entry requirements

160 UCAS Tariff points minimum

Year one:


Core units

  • Engineering Mathematics 
  • Engineering Principles


  • CAD and the Design Process
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics

Year two:


Core units

  • Manufacturing Principles
  • Microprocessor and Applications
  • Work Based Project

Teaching, learning and assessment

Lectures, tutorials and workshops will provide a good balance of theory and practical work. Group work will also play an important part.

Work experience
The work-based project is an individual project based on the student’s industrial background.

This course is assessed using written assignments, end-of-year exams and interim phase tests. Practical work is assessed by laboratory reports or log books. Units such as 'manufacturing concepts' include mini-group project work and other units require small groups for laboratory experiments.

HNC Year 1: Monday
HNC Year 2: Wednesday

Our facilities

Students will have access to the workshops, robotics, CAD suites and dedicated laboratories. Software will be used extensively to simulate and analyse work; packages include MultiSim, SolidWorks, Autograph and Data Studio Suite.

Web-based learning

Students have access to our virtual learning environment, where lecture notes, supporting documentation, tasks and assignments can be found.

UCAS codes


  • 2 Years Standard entry

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

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

Links with industry

Several units require students to explore industry-related problems and incorporate live briefs into the assessment. Many students work closely with their employers while completing their work-related project. Student engagement with industry can benefit both the student and employer.

Transferable skills

Students will develop practical skills in the machine workshop, programming skills in microcomputer systems, cognitive skills in engineering principles and engineering mathematics. Group work, research skills, report writing will develop as the course progresses.

Further study

Successful completion of the HNC provides the opportunity for further study on our range of BEng (Hons) courses, which can lead to Chartered Engineer status.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Part-time

Entry requirements


160 points from a National Diploma or Certificate in a related engineering subject or related A-level subjects and/or equivalent qualifications and experience.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT 71 with a minimum of 19 in in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.


Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU part-time fees: £3,825 per year

International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

Other costs

An Edexcel registration fee will be payable in the first year. As a guide the 2015-16 fee was £165.30

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details, contact details are at the top of the page.

To apply please click the link below and complete the online application form.

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Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.


UCAS codes


  • 2 Years Standard entry


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