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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.
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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 2020/21 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.

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
  • 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.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

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. If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact the admissions office by emailing

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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 
  • Engineering Principles


  • CAD and the Design Process
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics

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

Year two

Core modules
  • Manufacturing Principles
  • Microprocessor and Applications
  • 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
Helena Twigg academic profile Helena Twigg Associate 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

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