Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Engineering


Program Description

Have you studied engineering at BTEC Level 3 and want to progress to a higher qualification?

The Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in the key concepts (both mechanical and electrical) and practical skills needed in the modern engineering industry.

This one-year programme is designed for those with a keen interest in problem solving, design, and how things work. It is equivalent to the first year of a degree qualification. On completion of this programme you can progress to the HND in Engineering, also offered at Barking & Dagenham College.

What will I learn?

You will learn project management, electronics, mechanical engineering, engineering science, and materials.

You will study in our industry-standard classrooms, workshops, design suites and labs. Part of your course will also take place in our new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths Centre.

Your study will include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical workshops
  • Independent study
  • Research
  • Project work


There are eight units:

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a professional engineering project
  • Electrical and Electronic principles
  • Material, properties, and testing
  • Mechanical principles
  • Electronic circuits and devices

What can I do after this course?

On completion of the HNC Engineering you could:

  • Progress to an HND in Engineering also offered at Barking & Dagenham College
  • Seek employment in the Engineering sector. Please talk to us about your career plans during your interview so we can support you to achieve your ambitions.

Entry requirements

You must have:

  • A National Diploma, or Extended National Diploma, in Engineering (including maths and science at level 3), or
  • Three A-levels (grades A-C), including maths, one science, and one other, or
  • A related Access Course in Engineering, or
  • A Bridging Certificate in Engineering, or equivalent, related qualifications or work experience.

You need to be self-motivated and able to work independently.

Click here to download the full Engineering (HNC) programme specification.

Awarding Body/ Validated by:

Pearson Edexcel


Barking & Dagenham College reserve the right to change course details. Please note that the fees displayed are for the entire course for all one-year courses. Where the course duration is more than 1-year additional fees apply for the subsequent year(s).All course fees are currently based on 2016/17 courses, fees for courses starting from September 2017 onwards may be higher. All courses are subject to satisfactory numbers being accepted. Barking & Dagenham College reserves the right in their absolute discretion to cancel any course which cannot be run economically. Awarding Boards also change courses from time to time. Barking & Dagenham College cannot accept responsibility if the college is closed due to industrial action, adverse weather conditions or natural disasters.

Last updated Oct 2018

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