Manufacturing Engineering for England at New College Swindon University Centre - UCAS

Course summary

The purpose of this two-year course is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the engineering sector and to adapt to a constantly changing world. This qualification aims to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them. The objectives of this qualification are to: ● equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to achieve high performance in the engineering and manufacturing environment ● develop students with enquiring minds, who have the abilities and confidence to work across different engineering functions and to lead, manage, respond to change and tackle a range of complex engineering situations ● provide the core skills required for a range of careers in engineering, specifically those related to manufacturing engineering ● offer a balance between employability skills and the knowledge essential for students with entrepreneurial, employment or academic ambitions ● develop students’ understanding of the major impact that new digital and software technologies have on the engineering environment ● provide insight to manufacturing engineering operations and the opportunities and challenges presented by a global marketplace ● equip students with knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations, cross-cultural issues, diversity and values ● to allow flexible study to meet local and specialist needs. BTEC Higher Nationals in Manufacturing Engineering for England provide a vocational context in which students can develop the knowledge and academic study skills they need to progress to university degree courses. These academic study skills include: ● active research ● effective writing ● analytical skills ● critical thinking ● creative problem solving ● decision making ● preparing for exams, and ● using digital technology The Level 4 units lay the foundation of learning by providing a broad introduction to the engineering sector as well as a focused introduction to manufacturing engineering. This develops and strengthens core skills while preparing students for more specialist subjects at Level 5 or to enter employment with the qualities necessary for job roles that require some personal responsibility. Students will gain a wide range of scientific and engineering knowledge linked to practical skills obtained through research, independent study, directed study and workplace scenarios. Students are involved in vocational activities that help them to develop behaviours (the attitudes and approaches required for a competence) and transferable skills. Transferable skills are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are highly valued in higher education and in the workplace. By the end of Level 4 study, students will have sound knowledge of the basic concepts of manufacturing engineering. They will be competent in a range of subject-specific skills as well as in general skills and qualities relevant to these key areas of engineering. The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding on which students can build should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage. On successful completion of the Level 4 Higher National Certificate, students can develop their careers in the sector through: • Progression to Year 2 of the Foundation Degree in Manufacturing Engineering at New College Swindon in Partnership with Oxford Brookes University • entering employment • continuing existing employment • linking with the appropriate professional body • committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This Higher Technical Qualification is approved against occupational standards decided by employers. Learn more about Higher Technical Qualifications.


To gain the BTEC Level 4 HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering qualification you must achieve a minimum of 120 credits through both Core and Specialist Mandatory units which include: Unit 4001: Engineering Design (15) Unit 4002: Engineering Maths (15) Unit 4004: Managing a Professional Engineering Project (15) Unit 4014: Professional Engineering for Manufacture (15) Unit 4017: Quality and Process Improvement (15) Unit 4015: Automation, Robotics and PLCs (15) Unit 4019: Electrical and Electronic Principles (15) Unit 4021: Electrical Machines (15) Note: The range of units available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Assessment method

All units are assessed by assignments; each unit's assessment is matched to the content of the unit. Each unit can be assessed at Pass, Merit or Distinction levels, which are combined at the end of the qualification to give an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction.

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

International applicants

New College Swindon is unable to accept applications from students that require a Study Visa.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements


You will be required to attend a course interview with the Programme Leader

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Minimum score of 5.5 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Students who are non-native English speakers must be able to demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels indicated below

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £3625 Year 1
Northern Ireland £3625 Year 1
Scotland £3625 Year 1
Wales £3625 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

Please note: Tuition fees are published for the first year of entry only and may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the Office for Students. *Fee information for European Union (EU) students: If your course starts on or after the 1st August 2021, you will no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England unless you meet one of the following criteria: you are able to benefit from the citizens’ rights agreements you are an Irish national living in the UK or Republic of Ireland – benefits of Irish nationals under Common Travel Area guidance arrangement will continue

Sponsorship information

Scholarships are available to students considering a higher education course at New College Swindon University Centre.

Manufacturing Engineering for England at New College Swindon University Centre - UCAS