Why study an engineering HNC at Solent University
Do you want to take the next steps in your career as an engineer? Develop your skills in mathematics, electronics and mechanical engineering with access to advanced workshops, robotics, CAD suites.
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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.
You can study this course part-time
This course has access to specialist facilities
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.
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.
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.
Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.
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.
How you will learn and be assessed
You will learn by:
You may be assessed by a combination of:
- Practical exams
- Written exams
- Lab reports
- Log books
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Why choose 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.
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.
The tuition fees for the 2023/24 academic year are:
- UK, EU (settled status) 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.
For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.
Extra course costs
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Bursaries, scholarships and financial support
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.
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Key entry requirements
64 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent
- from a National Diploma or Certificate in a related engineering subject or related A-level subjects and/or equivalent qualifications and experience.
- Grade 4 required in GCSE Maths (previously grade C).
- For further information about UK qualifications, please contact admissions.
Key entry requirements
For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.
Key entry requirements
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternative entry options
Applications are welcomed from students who do not have the academic qualifications listed above but may be admitted on the basis of relevant experience rather than standard qualifications.
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.
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 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
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.
We will prepare you for your future
This HNC provides students with a platform to progress onto a number of full degrees which will prepare you for roles within:
- Mechanical engineering
- Civil engineering
- Electrical engineering
- Electronic engineering
- Chemical engineering
We will help you start your career
The Solent Futures team is committed to getting students into great careers.
While you are studying, the team can help you with finding work experience or placements, link you with a mentor, check your CV, or offer one-to-one guidance.
If you're in your final year, we also have graduate job opportunities just for Solent graduates.Find out more
Support at Solent
All students at Solent University have access to a range of specialist support services. Whether you are having financial difficulty, need additional help with academic skills or want advice on setting up your own business you'll find that help is always on hand.
Most of our specialist support services are based around the Student Hub, a central space where you can access all the information and support you may need during your time at University. The Student Hub is the first point of contact if you have any queries relating to your course, including questions about your timetable, options, and assessments and extenuating circumstances.