BTEC Level 5 HND Engineering – General (2019)(From Jan 2020)


The Higher National Diploma (HND) is a Level 5 qualification made up of 120 credits. It is usually studied full-time over one year, or part-time over two years. (You need 120 credits at level 4 to apply)

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What is an HND?
The HND in Engineering is for those students who already have a grasp of engineering concepts and have possibly already worked at technician level. The HND 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 HND course consists of 240 credits (HNC + 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.

Year 1

  • Unit 039 Further Mathematics
  • Unit 049 Lean Manufacturing
  • Unit 051  Sustainability
  • Unit 035 Professional Engineering Management


Year 2

  • Unit 034 Research Project
  • TBC
  • TBC
  • TBC

Who is the Course aimed at?

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?

You need 120 credits at Level 4, typically obtained by completing the HNC Engineering (RQF). If you have done the QCF version, we can discuss Accreditation for Prior Learning. Some units map across, but not all. 

  • HNC Engineering (RQF)
  • HNC Engineering (QCF)
  • Cert HE in Engineering
  • An international equivalent of the above.

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
  • 2 years to complete (104 weeks)
  • 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