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Course summary

OVERVIEW If you want to forge a career in engineering, now is the perfect time. The UK is facing a severe shortage of skilled engineers, with around a fifth of the current workforce expected to retire by 2026 and hundreds of thousands of new workers needed just to plug the skills gap. Our Higher National Diploma in Engineering will give you the skills and knowledge to make you a sought-after asset to the future of the industry. This two-year course will provide you with the core of knowledge required by all engineers across the sector. You will explore the areas of engineering design, maths and science, as well as themes such as CAD, robotics, mechatronics, coding, process manufacturing and more, while you will also develop essential engineering management skills. Your studies will be supported by expert tuition as well as use of our brand new engineering facilities on campus. On completion of our Engineering HND course, you will be armed with the industry-related skills needed to gain a high value career anywhere within the global economy. You will also have a widely recognised Level 5 engineering qualification that will provide you with the opportunity to progress onto the final year of a relevant degree course in order to achieve a full undergraduate degree. WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

  • Practical application – Get hands-on experience studying in our cutting-edge engineering facilities
  • Enrichment – Go on visits to manufacturing and engineering sites with industry partners such as Shell Energy, Warwick Manufacturing Group and the University of Warwick
  • Expert tuition – Learn from experienced lecturers with a wealth of knowledge from working in the engineering industry, as well as leading guest speakers
FACILITIES Students on our construction and engineering courses will learn in brand new real-world training environments under development at University College Birmingham. Our brand new Engineering and Sustainable Construction Centre at the iconic James Cond Building will offer state-of-the-art facilities specifically designed to develop skills that support employers and their supply chains, along with further new facilities at Camden House. PLACEMENTS We encourage students on our HND Engineering course to gain work experience throughout your studies. CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Process design engineer
  • Process manufacturing engineer
  • Electrical/electronics engineer
  • Product designer
  • Please refer to our website for the latest updates to this course



  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a Professional Management Project
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Industry 4.0
  • Thermodynamics
  • Production Engineering
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology
  • Engineering Management
  • CAD for Engineering
  • Further Mathematics
  • Automation, Robotics and PLCs
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Sustainability
  • Industrial Robots
- Advanced Mechanical Principles

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT A wide variety of teaching methods will be used to ensure you gain the appropriate skills and knowledge, including lectures, practical sessions, workshops, tutorials and group study sessions. Face-to-face classes will be combined with practical research activities in our state-of-the-art engineering facilities, while you will also conduct independent and online learning. Assessment occurs through a combination of assignments and activities, with a focus on the holistic development of practical, interpersonal and higher-level skills. Many modules will require a practical demonstration of skills, while others will require you to carry out your own research and analysis, working independently or as part of a team. Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact [email protected] to check your eligibility. Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions. Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic)BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own TestBA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £13500 Year 1
International £13500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK: If you are a UK student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2021/22, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK Fees please go to our website here - EU and International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -
Engineering at University College Birmingham - UCAS