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HNC Engineering (General Engineering)

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East Coast College (Great Yarmouth)
East Coast College (Lowestoft)


One year full-time

Two years part-time

Typical Offer: 

2023-2024 and 2024-25 entry: 60 UCAS tariff points or above (or the equivalent), Pass A*-C (T Level).

This Pearson Higher National award is delivered, assessed and quality assured by East Coast College, working in partnership with the University of Suffolk.


The Higher National Certificate in General Engineering is offered as a full-time, one year or two year part-time day-release programme. The part time course is structured to enable students to fit coursework around their work commitments. The units studied have been selected in association with local employers in a variety of industries, aiming to satisfy their future needs. The qualification aims to develop knowledge and skills in engineering that will allow graduates to make positive contributions to employers as fast as possible and so progress in a career. On completion of the course students can progress onto the Higher National Diploma (HND) in General Engineering. Assessment uses a variety of methods, including reports, assignments and presentations, where practical these are electronically submitted.  

The Department has access to Solidworks and Autocad software, hydraulic and pneumatic simulation is carried out using Automation Studio, electronic simulation uses Multisim, in a 20 seat technical suite. The Faculty has a dedicated electronics laboratory, a machine shop and prototyping cnc machine tools. There may be additional costs for projects.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

The HNC course consists of eight units that would normally include:

Engineering Maths
Engineering Science
Engineering Design
Managing a Professional Engineering Project
Mechanical Principles
Materials, Properties and Testing
Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems
Electrical and Electronic Principles

Fees and finance


  • UK full-time tuition fee: £6,168
  • UK part-time tuition fee: £771/£1,028 p.a. per 15/20 credits (Please contact the Student Centre for further information)
  • International full-time tuition fee: £6,570

Further Information

At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements