Leicester College

Automotive Engineering Leicester College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd


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Course summary

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This is a two year full-time Pearson Edexcel Higher National, where you will complete a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in year 1 that is equivalent to completing the first year of an honours degree at university. The Automotive Engineering HNC course is designed to enable students who have come through a vocational route to progress into higher education, building on the knowledge gained at level 3. With a career in engineering as your chosen route, this level 4 course offers a specific pathway into automotive engineering. On successful completion of the HNC course, you can continue to the Automotive Engineering Higher National Diploma level 5 at Leicester College. Both the HNC and HND are well regarded throughout industry and the academic world. Career opportunities include managerial and technical positions in automotive engineering. As an alternative to employment, at the end of the HND, you will be eligible to apply to a university to obtain a full honours degree in a related subject.

This course is scheduled to run from September 2019 and is subject to a College approval process to ensure it meets the expectations of university level study.

Course details


During the Automotive Engineering HNC you will study topics including: analytical methods for engineers, engineering science,
project design, implementation and evaluation, health, safety and risk assessment in engineering, business management, techniques for engineers, engine and vehicle design and performance, vehicle fault diagnosis, plan and coordinate vehicle maintenance, vehicle electronics and vehicle parts management.

All the units listed above are subject to change depending on the awarding body.

Assessment method

For each unit of the course, you will undertake a range of either written and practical assignments, presentations and in-class controlled assessments or exams. These are graded at pass, merit or distinction. To achieve a pass, you need to meet the learning outcomes for each unit. Merits and distinction are awarded for higher level work that meets those descriptors. At the end of your course, your unit grades combine into one overall pass, merit or distinction grade for the HNC qualification.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code 002G
Institution code L36
Campus name Abbey Park Campus
Campus code 1

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

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

International applicants from non-European Union / EEA nationals should contact the International Office directly (internationaloffice@leicestercollege.ac.uk) to discuss your application options on the basis of your likely visa status. International applications will be considered on an individual case by case basis. More information for international applicants is available at: https://leicestercollege.ac.uk/study/international/

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 32 points Welcome applicants who do not match standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate ability to study this subject at university level and who can evidence relevant experience.
A level EE
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Applicants are expected to hold GCSE English and maths at grade 4/C or equivalent.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PP

A minimum IELTS score of 5.5 is required for non-English speakers.

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Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

A minimum IELTS score of 5.5 is required for non-English speakers

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6,165 Year 1
England £6,165 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,165 Year 1
Scotland £6,165 Year 1
Wales £6,165 Year 1

Additional fee information

You will be expected to supply and wear personal protective equipment (workshop uniform) when carrying out practical activities in the workshops, which should consist of black steel toe cap safety boots, plain navy all in one overalls. There should be no deviation from the colour scheme and the kit would be expected to cost between £45 and £50.

Provider information

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Leicester College
Freemen's Park Campus
Aylestone Road

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