General Engineering (RQF) at Warwickshire College and University Centre - UCAS

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Course summary

The Higher National Engineering awards are designed to provide each student with engineering knowledge and understanding appropriate to their engineering interests, employment and vocational needs. The Higher National Certificate is a part-time course that progresses students who have achieved Level 3 qualifications to develop their personal effectiveness and employability, in particular their ability to learn, to communicate, to work with others and to solve engineering problems. It is possible to study this course as an apprentice. If you already work for an employer who wants to sponsor your apprenticeship, then you need to ask them to call our Business Development Team on 0330 135 6940 or email [email protected] to ensure that the relevant paperwork is completed. This course is delivered by Warwickshire College and awarded by Pearson. For our Higher Education Terms and Conditions please visit


To achieve the new Higher National Certificate (RQF) you will be required to complete a selection of modules which amount to 120 credits. There are both core and specialist units on this course: Core units: Engineering Design Engineering Maths Engineering Science Managing a Professional Engineering Project Specialist units: Mechanical Principles Engineering Management Quality and Process Improvement Electrical and Electronic Principles Specialist units for each cohort may vary in accordance with employer/Managing Agents requirements and will be determined prior to the course commencing.

Assessment method

A wide range of assessment methods and equipment appropriate to the learning outcomes and assessment criteria will be used, and will consider the practices used within the engineering sector. Whilst credit is awarded at a threshold level of achievement only, grading arrangements will apply to individual units which will allow for the reward of merit and distinction achievement according to Edexcel's published grading domains and criteria. Provision will be made for all engineering Higher National students to be eligible for grades beyond a pass level. Assessment is considered an important part of the learning process. In designing the forms of assessment for this award, care has been taken to ensure that all assessments test the skills and knowledge needed in the Engineering working environment. Formative and summative assessment methods are diverse and include problem based assignments, work-based projects requiring oral and written reports, individual exercises experimental work, work-based assignments and phased tests.

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants would normally be expected to have at least 2 A Levels including Mathematics or a Science subject or a Level 3 qualification in an Engineering specialism. The Level 3 qualification should include a Further Mathematics unit and a Science unit, having achieved at least two units with a Merit grade. Entry requirements are for guidance only. We welcome students with equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact us to discuss further.

Additional entry requirements


All applications will be subject to an interview and a Maths screening test which will assess previous knowledge at Level 3. Applicants will be assessed on individual experience and will be expected to demonstrate an ability to study at Higher Education level. Students should be able to demonstrate a strong interest in a relevant sector of Engineering.


The minimum age for this course is 19.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4500 Year 1
Scotland £4500 Year 1
Wales £4500 Year 1

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 .

Additional fee information

WCUC tuition fees are listed per academic year and will remain for the duration of your course. The following course-related costs are not included in the tuition fees: Printing Cost of books that you might wish to purchase Cost of electrical equipment such as laptops, notebooks and stationery for your personal use Accommodation and living costs not included in the fees: This information can be obtained from our Accommodation webpage ( Sources of financial support If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained from our HE fees and financial support webpage ( Bursaries WCG also provides bursaries for undergraduate students, for which you may be eligible to apply. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support, along with their value and application deadlines, at our HE fees and financial support webpage (

Provider information

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Warwickshire College and University Centre
Warwick New Road
Leamington Spa
CV32 5JE

Clearing contact details

Clearing Hotline

0330 135 6840

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Additional information

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0330 135 6838

General Engineering (RQF) at Warwickshire College and University Centre - UCAS