Harlow College

HNC Engineering Harlow College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd


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Course summary

This course provides an extensive knowledge and skills in engineering with specialist units available in Advanced Manufacturing and Automated Systems. You will be studying in the new (£11m) state-of-the-art Harlow Advanced Manufacturing Centre (HAMEC) equipped with over £2m worth of industry standard machinery and equipment. There is a huge demand for qualified engineers locally, nationally and internationally. We work closely with industry to ensure our courses meet the requirements of employers.

The course covers the fundamental engineering concepts and skills required of a higher technician as well as providing a sound basis for further study at degree level. As with all engineering day release programmes, individual modules may be studied separately to update knowledge. The course is delivered through a mixture of classroom activity, guided assignment work and examinations. Emphasis is placed on problem solving skills and students should expect the delivery to reflect this combined with associated mathematical concepts.

BTEC is the world's most successful and best-loved vocational qualification brand and is renowned for engaging students in practical, interpersonal and thinking skills for more than thirty years.

BTEC Higher National qualifications are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the principal vocational qualification at Levels 4 and 5.

The qualification provides a clear line-of-sight to employment and to progression to a degree.

Course details


Mandatory Core Units
Module Level Credit
1. Engineering Design
2. Engineering Maths
3. Engineering Science
4. Managing a Professional Engineering project

Specialist Units
Module Level Credit
7. Machining and Processes of Engineering Materials
9. Materials, Properties and Testing
23. Computer Aided Design and Manufacture CAD/CAM
29. Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems

*These modules may be subject to change

Assessment method

Each qualification is assessed with either a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Assessment methods will vary for each module but will be a range of:
Written assessment
Mind Mapping
Practical assessments
Action research

The % of teaching and learning that is:
Coursework/written 70%
Practical 30%
Work based learning 0%

The % type of planned learning:
Planned hours face to face 40%
Independent study 60%

Assessment % how much is:
Final assessment end loaded 0%
In year assessment/continuous 100%

Types of assessment %:
Controlled assessment (open book or closed book) 0%
Exam – written 0%
Exam – multiple choice 0%
Portfolio 20%
Practical piece 20%
Work based 0%
Assignment based 60%

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code HCEN
Institution code H23
Campus name Harlow College
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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points

Entry requirements
GCSE English & Maths grade C or 4/5.
Relevant Level 3 qualification, e.g. BTEC, UAL, A Level, Access to HE Diploma etc.
64 UCAS tarrif points.
Mature students may have commensurate work/business /industry related experience that may be considered.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £5,750 Year 1
EU £5,750 Year 1
England £5,750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5,750 Year 1
Scotland £5,750 Year 1
Wales £5,750 Year 1

Additional fee information

£5,500 per year with an inflationary rise if you proceed to the Year 2/HND. Included in the fee: £10 free printing per year. All tuition and assessment. Not included in the fee: Printing over £10 Cost of trips. Cost of residential visits. Basic stationery

Provider information

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Harlow College
Velizy Avenue
CM20 3EZ

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