Engineering (General Engineering) - HND

South Thames College Group (inc Carshalton, South Thames and Kingston College)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd
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Course summary

A Pearson BTEC Level 5 Qualification for Engineering Technicians. This conversion course has three ‘pathways’ - Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic or General Engineering - and delivers the extra modules needed, in addition to those already acquired at HNC (Level 4), to provide the full complement of 16 required by Pearson for a Level 5 HND qualification.

Course details


Students on will study the following Level 5 units:- •Further Maths (Core, 15 credits): On successful completion of this unit students will be able to use applications of number theory in practical engineering situations, solve systems of linear equations relevant to engineering applications using matrix methods, approximate solutions of contextualised examples with graphical and numerical methods, and review models of engineering systems using ordinary differential equations. •Professional Engineering Management (Core, 15 credits): Among the topics included in this unit are: engineering strategy and services delivery planning, the role of sustainability, Total Quality Management (TQM), engineering management tools, managing people and becoming a professional engineer. •Research Project (Core, 15 credits): Completing a piece of research integrates knowledge with different skills and abilities that may not have been assessed previously, which may include seeking out and reviewing original research papers, designing experimental work, solving problems as they arise, managing time, finding new ways of analysing and presenting data, and writing an extensive report. •Lean Manufacturing: The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the principles and processes of lean manufacturing, so that they can become an effective and committed practitioner of lean in whatever industry sector they are employed in. To do this, the unit will explore the tools and techniques that are applied by organisations practicing lean. The students will consider both the benefits and challenges of using lean manufacturing, and become sufficiently knowledgeable about the most important process tools and techniques to be able to operate and use them. One of the following: •Advanced Mechanical Principles (15 credits): On successful completion of this unit students will be able to have more advanced knowledge of mechanical principles to determine the behavioural characteristics of materials subjected to complex loading; assess the strength of loaded beams and pressurised vessels; determine specifications of power transmission system elements; and examine operational constraints of dynamic rotating systems. •Industrial Power, Electronics and Storage (15 credits): By the end of this unit students will be able to examine the technological concepts behind providing a sustainable electrical energy supply for the future. They will also be able to describe how the fundamental technical and economic processes and drivers at play in the electrical power industry affect the selection and use of energy sources.

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

Please contact the international office to see whether this course is able to accept international applicants requiring a Tier 4 Visa.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 48 points
A level CE Including Maths at a minimum of grade C.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP Minimum of two units with Merit grades, one of which must be a Maths unit.
Access to HE Diploma P: 45 credits
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Grade C/4 (or Level 2 equivalent).
HNC (BTEC) P ALL applicants required to have successfully completed a full Level 4 BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) Engineering qualification.

Additional entry requirements


As the HND demands significant analytical skills, all applicants will be required to have a formal interview and complete a diagnostic test to confirm that their Maths base is sufficient to be developed to Level 5.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6An overall band score of 6.0, with none of the four skills below 5.5.
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE).

Students from outside the UK may be required to demonstrate their level of English by providing proof of an English language certificate or other qualification. This is particularly the case where a student: • is from a country where English is not an official/first language, or; • has previous qualifications which include English as a second language, or; • has previous qualifications which have not been studied through the medium of English. The approximate guideline minimum English level required for entry at level 5 is "B2" on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This roughly equates to: • IELTS - an overall band score of 6.0, with none of the four skills below 5.5, or; • B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE) **Please note that other English language certificates/qualifications are available, and may be considered, and the College looks at each applicant on an individual basis.**

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £3950 Year 1
England £3950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £3950 Year 1
Scotland £3950 Year 1
Wales £3950 Year 1

Additional fee information

The following course-related costs ARE included in the fees: annual printing allowance; BTEC registration fee. The following course-related costs are NOT included in the fees: additional printing over and above the annual allowance; the cost of books and equipment that you might wish to purchase.

Sponsorship information

Applicants studying under sponsorship of an employer will be required to show confirmation from the employer at enrolment. Confirmation letters should include the full name of the student, the course title, the academic year, and the amount being sponsored (ie full or partial fees).

Engineering (General Engineering) - HND at South Thames College Group (inc Carshalton, South Thames and Kingston College) - UCAS