General Engineering at Derby College - UCAS

Derby College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

General Engineering

Course summary

The world of engineering is dynamic, fast-paced, technically challenging and exciting. This ever-changing environment offers stimulating and rewarding careers in a range of sectors. The Higher National Certificate in Engineering enables you to study modules and topics that are relevant to a range of careers. This broad focus enables you to develop your professional experience with a strong grasp of the underpinning principles that support a successful career in engineering. The programme is offered on a full-time basis and will prepare you for employment or study at the next level. You will study a minimum of eight modules which will cover a broad range of engineering subjects and will be delivered by lecturers with the relevant industry and academic experience. The assignments are linked to modern industrial engineering technology and will enable you to make a positive impact within your current organisation. As well as two days spent in College, it is expected that the student will equal this time working outside the College on assessments, research, revision and other learning activities. All engineering companies demand well qualified, versatile and adaptable staff with high-level skills and knowledge. This course also opens up potential opportunities for further study including progression to a Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree or Honours Degree in subsequent years. Delivered at our Roundhouse Campus adjacent to the Derby train station, the programme is regulated by OfS and the qualification is awarded by Pearson Edexcel. In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic we will seek to mitigate risks to health by applying social distancing and other government guidelines and continuing to respond to the changing public health situation through appropriate changes to our courses, services and facilities. Where official guidance or concerns for the health of students and staff demand it, we will review our approach. We will be welcoming students next academic year. We will also do all we reasonably can to meet the needs of students whose individual circumstances mean that they cannot attend any in-person teaching. The academic year will start as normal and term dates will not be changed. You are advised to be flexible in your travel plans at this stage and more advice about arrangements for the start of term will follow in July. Teaching will be delivered by a blend of in-person and online teaching, and we will adapt our timetables, teaching methods, course content and locations for delivery of teaching to achieve this. The balance of the blend will depend on the stringency of social distancing and other regulations in force at the time. Where possible, teaching by seminars, practicals and supervisions will be delivered in person, and it may be possible for teaching to smaller groups to be given on this basis. The size of the face-to-face contact groups will be determined by the capacity of rooms allocated on the timetable, and also the activity taking place within the room. If large-scale whole-class teaching in person becomes permissible, then the DCG Engineering Academy will reintroduce it as soon as possible. Research and learning facilities: it is our aim that all students who need them for their studies and research will have sufficient and suitable access to practical facilities, libraries and other facilities, subject to the restrictions of social distancing. Support: the DCG Engineering Academy will offer you pastoral support in many forms.


To be awarded the Higher National Certificate, students must complete the following four mandatory modules: •Engineering Design •Engineering Science •Engineering Maths •Managing a Professional Engineering Project They must also complete a minimum of four optional modules. Examples are shown below: •Mechatronics •Mechanical Principles •Electrical and Electronic Principles •Digital Principles •Electro, Pneumatics and Hydraulics •Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Assessment method

Your knowledge and understanding for all modules will be assessed through a variety of methods. These will include written work such as assignments and presentations. All assignment activity will support you in developing skills in academic writing, verbal presentations, team work and analysis. The College offers a comprehensive development programme as part of your studies to support your progression in these areas.

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

All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. You should have one of the following: •At least two A-levels or AS Levels including Maths and Physics •BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma in Engineering •BTEC Extended Diploma or National Diploma in Engineering You will also need: •At least four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*- C) to include English and Maths You will be interviewed to ensure the course is suitable for you. We also welcome applicants who lack institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience. You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £12000* Year 1
England £8000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000* Year 1
Scotland £8000* Year 1
Wales £8000* Year 1
International £12000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
General Engineering at Derby College - UCAS