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About the course

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 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.

If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
You can apply direct to Solent University for this course.
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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

This two year course includes a mix of theory, practical work and hands-on experiments.

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.

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.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £4,250 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our  visas and immigration page for more information.

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

64 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

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
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply


Applications for part-time courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact the admissions office by emailing

Please use the link below to apply online:


Starts on 27 September 2021

Attendance (for 2016)

HNC Year 1: Monday
HNC Year 2: Wednesday

Important note about progression routes:

Progression to a Pearson Higher National Diploma (HND) qualification is not automatically available after completion of this Higher National Certificate (HNC) course.

Solent’s HNC is awarded under a Trademark Licence and the final award from this course, although mapped closely to Pearson’s programmes, is not a Pearson BTEC Higher National award.

Candidates wishing to progress onto a course at another provider may need to complete additional modules or check with the provider if acceptance to the progression course will be available with the HNC award. Many providers offer recognition of prior learning, but this will be on a case by case basis.

Students graduating from Solent do have progression routes at Solent University to degrees or to other professional qualifications.

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Engineering Mathematics 
    On this module you will learn how to apply a range of mathematical techniques to realistic engineering problems.  You will use basic algebra, and solve simultaneous equations and equations of straight lines to answer engineering problems around linked variables in mechanics and electronics.
  • Engineering Principles
    The aim of this module is to introduce the key concepts of mechanics, fluids, electrical principles and heat transfer to prepare students for more in-depth applications on the course.


  • CAD and the Design Process
    The aim of the module is to demonstrate the role of an engineer as an engineering designer. This module is designed to foster an understanding of the fundamentals of the engineering design process and its various stages. It equips you with theoretical and practical technical knowledge to design a product by going through the various stages of the design process.
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics
    This module sits within the circuit theme and is designed to give you an introduction to the basic terminology, concepts and devices used in electronic circuits.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Year two

Core modules
  • Manufacturing Principles
    This module helps you to develop an awareness of the factors affecting the selection of materials and processes used in manufacturing a product.  It does this by comparing the attributes of materials and the suitability of processes in the light of the external factors that need to be considered when developing the product design specification.
  • Microprocessor and Applications
    This module introduces you to the theory that underpins the design and application of microprocessors. You will undertake practical laboratory activities, based on examples of industrial applications, to learn how microprocessor-based systems can be programmed and interfaced to form an integral part of the solution to engineering problems.
  • Work Based Project
    Engineering is the process of applying scientific theory to real-world problems. This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to do this by conducting a self-managed work-based project.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Rob Benham academic profile Rob Benham Course Leader View profile
Dr Marc Molinari academic profile Marc Molinari Senior Lecturer View profile
Fayyaz Rehman academic profile Fayyaz Rehman Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Janet Bonar academic profile Janet Bonar Lecturer View profile
Puja Mishra academic profile Puja Mishra Lecturer View profile
Simon Saggers academic profile Simon Saggers Technician Instructor View profile

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.

Students pick from a range of optional modules, 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.

Industry links

Several modules 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.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

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