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2 years part-time
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Southampton City Centre
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Are you working in engineering? Would you like to improve your career prospects? 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 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 1100°C. 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.

Why choose this course?

Course features

  • Part-time option

    You can study this course part-time

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Apply direct

    You can apply direct to Solent University for this course

Who is this course for?

Specifically designed to enable those working in engineering to study alongside their work, Solent’s HNC engineering is ideally suited to those who are looking to gain the essential skills to advance their career in a variety of engineering roles.

What does this course lead to?

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

Meet the team

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


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. And as Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus, all students also have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

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