BTEC HNC Engineering (RQF)


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 the BTEC HNC in Engineering?

The BTEC 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. 

Who is the Course aimed at?

  • The BTEC HNC Engineering – Mechanical 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.

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  • 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.


In the BTEC HNC in Engineering 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.

Each Pathway must complete the Mandatory Units (M) and choose Optional (O) to make up 8 units

General Engineering Pathway Units

  • Engineering Design (M)
  • Engineering Maths (M)
  • Engineering Science (M)
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project (M)
  • Quality and Process Improvement(M)
  • Renewable Energy (O)
  • Mechanical Principles (O)
  • Engineering Management (O)
  • Fundamentals of Thermo and Heat Engines (O)
  • Electrical & Electronic Principles (O)

Mechanical Engineering Pathway Units

  • Engineering Design (M)
  • Engineering Maths (M)
  • Engineering Science (M)
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project (M)
  • Mechanical Principles (M)
  • Quality and Process Improvement (M)
  • Engineering Management (O)
  • Fundamentals of Thermo and Heat Engines (O)

Electrical/Electronic Pathway Units

  • Engineering Design (M)
  • Engineering Maths (M)
  • Engineering Science (M)
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project (M)
  • Quality and Process Improvement (M)
  • Renewable Energy (O)
  • Engineering Management (O)
  • Electrical & Electronic Principles (O)

Student Feedback

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    Highly recommend to all! Well structured and great for anyone who is looking to gain further education while working.

    Steven 3/19/2020
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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 Tutor
  • Each subject has a dedicated tutor, it may be the same person as your course tutor for certain subjects
  • Telephone, email and video link is available with tutors and course managers during normal working hours
  • 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 or as e-books)

Resources Provided


Learning Material via Moodle

Additional software such as CAD, E-CAD

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Awarding Organisation (AO)

Pearson (Edexcel)


Assignments, Project, Quiz, Portfolio of Evidence


Online, Remote







Total Qualification Time (TQT)



24 Months


Monthly, Single Unit, 8 Units