General Engineering at Nottingham College - UCAS

General Engineering

Nottingham College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson EDI

Course summary

If you have always had an interest in making things, combined with the creativity to solve technical problems, then this course can help you towards becoming an engineer to meet requirements for an all-round programme of study. About the course This programme is designed to give you the flexibility and technical capability to be one of the engineers of the future, by exploring the integrated nature of engineering in general. This includes design, manufacture, maintenance, mechanical and electronic and electrical engineering. You could apply this knowledge across a huge range of industries, from food to plastics or pharmaceuticals. You could also work in utilities or even the armed forces. With this course you will gain skills and knowledge across a range of core and more specialist units. The course will suit you if you’ve completed relevant studies at an advanced level (A Level or equivalent) or have relevant industry experience and want to pursue a career in engineering. The course contains significant project-based learning including laboratory investigations, design work, projects, case studies and tutorials. Core HNC (first year) modules include:

  • engineering design
  • engineering mathematics
  • engineering science
  • managing an engineering project
Specialist HNC (first year) modules include:
  • electrical systems and fault-finding
  • operations and plant management
  • mechanical principles
  • automation, robotics and PLC ('Programmable Logic Controller')
HND (second year) core modules
  • research project
  • professional engineering management
  • further mathematics
  • lean manufacturing
Specialist HND (second year) modules include
  • industrial services
  • further PLCs
  • industrial systems
Assessment Assessment is through assignments. Bursaries We want our courses to be accessible to students from any background, so we’ve put together a cash support package in the form of non-repayable bursaries to provide financial help where it’s really needed. Details for 2020-21 will be advertised once approved by the university regulator – the Office for Students (OfS). Please check our website - - for more information. Your career and progression The HNC/HND qualification is widely-recognized in its own right and provides students with the skills required for employment in a broad range of industries with either a managerial or technical bias. After successfully completing the Higher National Certificate, you could top-up your qualification to the Higher National Diploma at Nottingham College, or progress to a degree at a wide range of higher education providers. Alternatively, you could pursue a career in research and development, design, technical sales and production.

Course details


Core units: engineering design engineering maths engineering science managing an engineering project research project professional engineering management further mathematics lean manufacturing Specialist units: electrical systems and fault finding operations and plant management mechatronics automation, robotics and PLC industrial services further PLCs industrial systems

Assessment method

Assessed through a variety of individual assignments

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code001H
Institution code N30
Campus nameHighfields
Campus codeH

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Applicants from outside the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) are advised to contact our International Office for advice and information before submitting their UCAS application. Please call +44 (0) 115 838 0527 or email:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 32 points A minimum of 32 tariff points. Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on UCAS tariff. We would expect applicants to be working at Level 2 or above in English and Maths. Mature students are welcome to apply. If you are a mature applicant you will need to demonstrate the ability to study engineering at this level and have a genuine interest in the subject area. All applicants will be considered on interview and must have a minimum 80% on their current course (where applicable).
A level C Either in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PP
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) M

Additional entry requirements


Applicants may be asked to attend an informal interview.


As part of the admissions process, applicants may be asked to submit a portfolio of their recent work.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8250 Year 1
England £8250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8250 Year 1
Scotland £8250 Year 1
Wales £8250 Year 1
Channel Islands £8250 Year 1
International £9500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

International fees for 2020-21 have not yet been confirmed. The sum quoted of £9,500 is intended to be indicative only. Please check on the College website or contact our International Office for further information.
General Engineering at Nottingham College - UCAS