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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: 

60 UCAS tariff points or above (or the equivalent)



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


  • Full-time tuition fee: £6,168 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £771/£1,028 p.a. per 15/20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)

Further Information

  • Tuition Fees
  • Financial Support
  • Loans and Grants
  • 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

Academic Requirements

60 UCAS tariff points (or above),

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

How to Apply

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.