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HND - Engineering

HNC Engineering

Course Overview

Gain the specialist knowledge and practical skills you need to start your engineering career.

Regent College London (RCL) offers a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Engineering that blends study with practical learning. It is ideal for anyone looking to take their first steps into higher education, with a hands-on approach, before either going on to employment or a degree.

Earn a recognised Engineering qualification at RCL
Our HNC in Engineering is a recognised and respected qualification within the engineering sector. The course provides all the essential skills, knowledge and techniques required to begin your career with a solid grounding. By the end of the course, you will have gained a balanced overview of the sector, a strong level of understanding of the essentials, as well as the core skillset to continue to learn and develop as a professional.

Why study this course?

  • The HNC in Engineering option is designed to help set you apart from the crowd.
  • The diploma is a one-year, full-time course that has been developed to suit both aspiring engineers and those currently working in the sector.
  • Irrespective of what sort of engineering interests you, this course will help you to achieve your goals.
  • Irrespective of what sort of engineering interests you, this course will help you to achieve your goals.
  • The course is ideal for those who would like to gain the first year of an Engineering Degree, and then move onto a one-year, top-up at university to gain a full undergraduate degree.

Course details

  • Location

    Regent College London
  • Duration

    1 year
  • Study mode

    Blended, In-person
  • Fees

    £ 9,250 per year,
  • Timetable

    Flexible options with weekday, evening, and weekend classes available. Check when you apply.
  • Delivered in partnership with


  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project (Pearson-set)
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles

Plus one optional unit from below

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines

Plus one optional unit from below

  • Renewable Energy
  • Mechatronics
  • Machining and Processing of Engineering Materials
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Materials, Properties and Testing
  • Mechanical Workshop Practices
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Engineering Management
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and heat Engines
  • Production Engineering for Manufacture
  • Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Instrumentation and Control Systems
  • Quality and Process Improvement
  • Maintenance Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Digital Principles
  • Electrical Machines
  • Electronic Circuits and Devices
  • Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM)
  • Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic systems
  • Operations and Plant Management
  • Electrical Systems and Fault Finding
  • CAD for Maintenance Engineers
  • Materials Engineering with Polymers
  • Polymer Manufacturing Processes
  • Industry 4.0
  • Introduction to Professional Engineering Management
  • Industrial Robots
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) for Engineering
  • Welding Technologies
  • Welding Inspection
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Telecommunication Principles
  • Semiconductor Manufacture
  • Semiconductor Production Environments

Career progression

This HNC prepares students for a wide range of employment opportunities across private and public sector organisations. Job roles for successful candidates include:

  • Electronic Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer

Further study and experience in Engineering will also direct access to roles such as Senior Quality Engineer and Senior Geotechnical Engineer.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE passes at grades ‘A to C’ including English Language, and either a minimum of one A- Level at grades ‘A’ to ‘E,’ or a BTEC Level 3 Certificate or Diploma, or an Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution; or
  • College-recognised certificated learning equivalent to the above. Where possible Regent College London uses the NARIC database to determine equivalents to GCSE and A-Level qualifications; or
  • Normally, two or more years of work experience at a managerial/supervisory/admin level relevant to the programme applied for. This must be evidenced via a personal statement, work experience form and successful interview, and supported by employment reference(s) indicating the duration of employment and the role.

Alternative Entry Requirements

You may also be eligible to join an HNC programme if you have previous learning that satisfies the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the course you are interested in, normally with 90 credits (subject to syllabus studied previously). It is your responsibility to demonstrate this with objective evidence.

Prospective students who are not UK nationals, or who are UK nationals but do not have GCSE English Language at grades A to C, are required to take our English language assessment. If you hold an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) grade 5.5, with both reading and writing at grade 5.5, you do not need to sit this assessment.

If you do not meet the required standard of English in the assessment, you will be offered an English language course to help you improve your English to the necessary level to gain admission to the Pearson HNC in Engineering.

  • Professor Ilias Oraifige
    Dean of School of Engineering and Computing