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Course summary

The purpose of the Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Space Technologies is to learn about the development, manufacturing, assembly, integration and testing of complex, high value space hardware and ground-based equipment. For example, satellite mechanical structures, and subsystems for in-space power generation and distribution, spacecraft attitude control, thermal control, rocket propulsion, space communication, sensors, planetary landers, and associated support systems. The HNC offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of some space sector-specific skills and experience through the specialist units. This effectively builds underpinning core skills while preparing the student for more intense subject specialisation at Level 5. Students will gain a wide range of space sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace activities. Graduates successfully completing the HNC will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of space engineering. They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately, and they will have the qualities of personal responsibility needed for employment. They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent working with growing fault finding and problem-solving strategies, and organisational awareness. They will also demonstrate regard for the ethical responsibilities of the space engineer, for cost and for the importance of protecting and sustaining the environment. The HNC is the only specialist programme in the UK that covers these disciplines and is unique in the opportunities it presents to graduating students. The programme has been designed to equip learners with the skills and knowledge base required to work in their chosen specialism or progress onto other graduate opportunities. It is also a platform from which additional vocational and academic qualifications can be completed. The breadth of information covered within the course allows graduates to explore the wide range of employment possibilities, both locally and nationally. The course is taught using a mixture of practical workshops, lectures, and seminars. Assessments are vocationally focused and may take the form of multiple-choice tests, written essays, portfolios of evidence, and observations of practical work. An important aspect of the programme is its applied nature and due to this, guest speakers have a fundamental role within the course. Assessments are developed with employers (live briefs) and they are vocationally focused. A range of assessments are used to aid in the development of practical skills and aiding theory to practice and practice to theory. The HE Careers Advisor will assist with tutorials focusing on skills and planning for progression. From the outset, all learners are exposed to the broad range of potential employment pathways that are available upon completion of their studies. The HNC would allow you to progress to the HND Space Technologies, and if you wish, onto further Higher Education studies (at other providers) on programmes such as the BEng degree apprenticeship in space systems engineering or BEng in aerospace engineering. Alternatively, you would be well prepared to go straight into the workplace in roles including: • Advanced Manufacturing Technician • Assembly Technician • Control and Instrumentation Engineering Technician • Electrical or Electronic Engineering Technician • Integration and Test Technician • Materials and Chemical Engineering Technician • Quality and Product Assurance Technician • Satellite Communications Technician • Satellite Manufacturing Technician • Spacecraft Mechanical Engineering Technician • Spacecraft Propulsion Engineering Technician


Engineering Design Engineering Maths Engineering Science Managing a Professional Engineering Project Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) Programming for Engineering Space Environment and Applications Space Technologies and Manufacturing Modules may be subject to change

Assessment method

Assessments are vocationally focused and may take the form of multiple-choice tests, written essays, portfolios of evidence, and observations of practical work.

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

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

International applicants

Unfortunately, we are unable to consider international applicants.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

The Level 3 qualification must include at least one of the following STEM subjects: Engineering, Physics, Maths, Chemistry, or Computing.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Applicants will be interviewed to assess the experience/capabilities for successful entry and completion of the course.

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 £8224 Year 1
EU £9335 Year 1
England £8224 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8224 Year 1
Scotland £8224 Year 1
Wales £8224 Year 1
Channel Islands £8224 Year 1
International £9335 Year 1

Additional fee information

For more information and guidance about fees and funding, please visit the website:
Space Technologies at University Centre Truro and Penwith - UCAS