BTEC Level 4 HNC Engineering – General (2019)


The Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a Level 4 qualification made up of 120 credits. It is usually studied full-time over one year, or part-time over two years.

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What is an HNC?
The HNC in Engineering is for those students who already have a grasp of engineering concepts and have possibly already worked at technician level. The HNC is designed to give you a higher level of knowledge which could allow you to step up the career ladder or count towards a full degree.

What does the course consist of?

The HNC course consists of 120 credits and will be studied in 2 years part time. There are a number of mandatory units, 4 of which will be delivered in the first year. You will have a choice of specialist optional units, but you don’t need to choose them right away as the mandatory units will be delivered and assessed first.

Mandatory Units: (All 5 must be completed)

Specialist Optional Units: (Plus 3 of the following units)

Download Course Specification(pdf)


Who is the Course aimed at?

This course is for those who would like CPD credits, or start a Higher Education. It can lead to an HND (240 Cr). It could also count towards a full Bachelors degree as more and more Universities accept HNC’s as the 1st year and HND as the 1st and 2nd year.

This course is ideal if you are unable to attend a college or university, due to work or family commitments. If you are looking to further your career or you need the qualifications for a promotion or career change, this course deals with materials around Engineering.

What are the entry requirements?

A level 3 qualification, such as BTEC Diploma in Engineering or A levels, however if you don’t have these but do have experience in the workplace, then contact us and we can discuss your needs. Typically 32 UCAS points are needed.

  • A* to C grade and/or 9 to 4 in GCSE Maths (or equivalent) is strongly recommended.
  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering (Subsidiary Diploma or larger)
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent)
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Our own HN Bridging/Access Engineering course with an average of Merit grade
  • An international equivalent of the above.

The content is heavy on Science and as such there is a high content of maths. You need to have Maths at level 3. We can assess your maths ability using our BKSB Advanced Maths assessment tool, to see if you are at the right level, free of charge.

Non-native English speakers and those students who have not had their final two years of schooling in English will need to demonstrate one of the following upon entry:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2
  • IELTS 5.5 (including 5.5 for reading and writing)
  • PTE 51
  • or equivalent

Please note, all applicants will be required to complete a Higher Education questionnaire after which we will determine whether to accept or reject your application. If rejected further advice and guidance will given.

Who is this Course for?

The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Engineering are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the engineering sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue a career in engineering. In addition to the skills, knowledge and techniques that underpin the study of the sector, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Engineering give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for employment, progression within employment or further study.

Holders of a BTEC Higher National in Engineering meet the academic requirements for the Engineering Council Engineering Technician Standard (EngTech).




Important Information

Delivery Method:

  • Online and on demand.
  • There are no fixed classes or timetables
  • You are free to study around your other commitments. However we do expect progress every month.
  • Annual Re-registration costs will apply
  • If you run out of time, you can resit units at the individual unit price


  • By Tutor Marked Assignment.
  • You have 2 weeks to complete the assignment once it has been issued
  • Late submissions will be capped at a PASS
  • Resits and Resubmissions can be made but only if original work is handed in on time.
  • Resits are capped at a PASS
  • We have a published appeals procedure, which can be found here.
  • Deadlines can be extended but only in EXTENUATING circumstances. You must apply using a form to your tutor and the tutor’s decision is final


  • You will have a dedicated Course Manager
  • Each subject has a dedicated tutor, it may be the same person as your course manager for certain subjects
  • Telephone, email and video link is available with tutors and course managers during normal working hours
  • There will be a drop in online tutorial each week
  • You can call the main number, your tutor or email the support line for technical help with our systems.

Additional Costs

  • Annual Re-registration fee (payable on each anniversary of enrolment) – £50

Resources you will need

  • Computer (Specifications will vary depending on subjects taken)
  • Internet Access
  • Office Software (Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Presentation software)
  • Time
  • Reading Material (list with every subject, available from all good online bookstores)

Resources Provided

  • Learning Material via Moodle
  • Additional software such as CAD, E-CAD

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Additional Information
Awarding Organisation (AO)

Pearson (Edexcel)


Assignments, Project, Quiz, Portfolio of Evidence


Online, Remote







Total Qualification Time (TQT)



24 Months