Nottingham College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson EDI

General Engineering

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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 2021-22 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.


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

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland

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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: [email protected]

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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.

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students

There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £8250 Year 1
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

Additional fee information

International course fees for 2021-22 have not been finalised. For more information please contact our International Office by emailing [email protected]
General Engineering at Nottingham College - UCAS