Pearson BTEC HNC in Engineering (General)

The course aims to provide opportunities for engineers or technicians to study a wide and diverse range of subjects en route to achieving a Level 4, nationally recognised, vocationally specific qualification.

Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 10616
Campus: Bangor, Lisburn
Study Type: Part-Time
Education Level Higher Education
Department: Manufacturing & General Engineering

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Course Structure

Mechanical and Electronic Engineering which together form a branch of engineering commonly referred to as Mechatronics is one of the more recent developments in the engineering discipline. It combines mechanical engineering, problem solving and design skills with the expertise of digital electronics and computer systems to produce advanced products and systems through automation and the use of robotics.

The modules offered provide a blend of theoretical and practical skills essential for the professional engineer in a modern engineering environment.

Modules studied will include:

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a Professional Project
  • Automation, Robotics and PLC
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Quality and Process Improvement
  • Electronic Circuits and Devices
  • Mechatronics

You will engage in hands-on project work in the second year and will become involved in the design, building and testing of mechatronic systems to complete the mandatory project design unit.

This is a 2-Year Programme and course fees are payable each year.

Contact Hours per week

7 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Personal Study

7 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.


A minimum of 48 UCAS points including:

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering OR
  • A GCE Advanced level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject OR
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications

    English Language Requirements for International students:

    • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
    • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
    • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English

    Equivalent qualifications include:

    • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
    • Successfully completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
    • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
    • ESOL Level 2 

    Tier 4 Students:

    • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)


    • Successful completion of the admissions process


    • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning.  Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section

    Candidates are assessed using a range of different methods. These include assessments, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study.  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

    Successful completion of the Higher National Certificate in Engineering, will allow you to apply for a range of jobs within the engineering industry. You may also be able to progress to management positions in the engineering industry.  Completion of HNC Engineering allows progression to the HND Engineering top up programme.

    As well as gaining a recognised qualification, you will receive training on a wide range of industry standard equipment and software.

    There are no additional associated costs with this Programme

    Course and Provider regulated by Pearson.

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