Engineering robot
UCAS Code
H100
Mode of Study
Full-time, Part-time
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2022, September 2023

Overview

If you want to get ahead in your engineering career, our HND in General Engineering can help you realise your ambition.

On this course, which you can do full time or part time, you'll get to grips with the fundamentals of engineering sciences and management, and learn how you can apply your skills to the industries you want to work in. You'll learn from experts, and apply what you learn to your job if you're already in an engineering role.

When you finish the course, you'll have new skills, knowledge and professional experience, backed up by a Higher National Diploma that could help you land your dream job, or progress in your career. You could also continue your studies by topping up your HND to a Bachelor's degree in engineering.

Course highlights

  • Attend the brand new £12 million Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine (CECAMM) at the Isle of Wight College
  • Study topics that support your interests and career ambitions
  • Learn from experts in seminars, lectures and group sessions
  • Put what you learn to work in your job straight away, if you're already in employment
  • Get the option to continue your studies, and top-up your HND to a Bachelor's degree after the course

Entry requirements​

HND General Engineering entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – EEE
  • UCAS points – 48 points to include a minimum of 1 A level, a BTEC qualification in a relevant engineering discipline, or equivalent Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience will be considered (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T levels – Pass (D or E in the core)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – PPP
Selection process
  • All applicants will need to attend an interview.

You may need to have studied specific subjects – See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Typical offers
  • A levels – EEE
  • UCAS points – 48 points to include a minimum of 1 A level, a BTEC qualification in a relevant engineering discipline, or equivalent Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience will be considered (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T levels – Pass (D or E in the core)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – PPP
Selection process
  • All applicants will need to attend an interview.

You may need to have studied specific subjects – See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Careers and opportunities

Engineering is a career that offers higher than average starting salaries, and a variety of routes to put your engineering knowledge to work in, from oil and automotive industries to food and design. 

When you graduate from this course, you'll have the skills and experience demanded by the sector. 

What jobs can you do with a General Engineering HND?

Roles you could go into could include:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Engineering geologist
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Marine engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Technical brewer
  • Water engineer

If you want to continue your studies, you can top up your HND to a Bachelor's degree by joining the final year of an Engineering BEng.

What you'll study on this HND General Engineering course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

Modules currently being studied

Full-time (1 year)
Part-time (2 years)

Core modules in this year include:

  • Advanced Mathematics for Engineering – 15 credits
  • Design for Manufacture – 15 credits
  • Engineering Design – 15 credits
  • Programmable Logic Controllers – 15 credits
  • Quality & Business Improvement Techniques – 15 credits
  • Research Project – 15 credits
  • Strengths of Materials – 15 credits
  • Work Based Experience – 15 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 1

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Computer-aided Machining – 15 credits
  • Digital and Analogue Devices And Circuits – 15 credits
  • Electrical and Electronic Measurement And Testing – 15 credits
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles – 15 credits
  • Engineering Thermodynamics – 15 credits
  • Mechanical Principles – 15 credits

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Heat Transfer and Combustion – 15 credits
  • Manufacturing Process – 15 credits
  • Materials Engineering – 15 credits
  • Strengths of Materials – 15 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Teaching

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • group sessions
  • presentations
  • discussions
  • research
  • presentations
  • elearning
  • tutorials

You'll also need to do around 120 hours of self-directed learning for each module.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • observation
  • presentations
  • a portfolio
  • reports
  • exams
  • reflective accounts

How you'll spend your time

You'll learn at the Isle of Wight College's Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine (CECAMM).

If you already work in an engineering role, you'll also do work-based learning in the form of practical activities, working with colleagues to apply what you've learnt in the classroom to your job.

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks, which both include an assessment period:

  • September–January
  • January–May

Supporting your learning

Even though you'll study your course at one of our partner colleges, you'll still be a student of the University of Portsmouth.

You'll have access to support via video, phone and face-to-face from University teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following University services:

Types of support

As well as support from faculty staff, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.


Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full-time (1 year) – £6,165 a year
  • Part-time (2 years) – to be confirmed

EU students

  • Full-time (1 year) – £6,165 a year (including Transition Scholarship)
  • Part-time (2 years) – to be confirmed

International students

  • Full-time (1 year) – £18,300
  • Part-time (2 year) – to be confirmed

This course is available to International applicants who do not require a Student Route Visa.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees. So you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £100 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Contact our Housing Support Team if you need help and advice about accommodation.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – H100
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

Apply for this part-time course using our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

To start this course in 2023, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – H100
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

Apply for this part-time course using our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.