Engineering robot
UCAS Code
H100 / Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Full-time, Part-time
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2020

Overview

If you want to get ahead in your engineering career, an 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, for example, by topping up your HND to a Bachelor's degree.

Location

You'll spend 1 day a week at the Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine (CECAMM) at the Isle of Wight College. This brand new, £12 million facility, is packed with the latest tools, equipment and resources. While studying at CECAMM, you can access our student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Spend 1 day a week in 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

Careers and opportunities

Our Careers and Employability service can help you with career planning and you'll get access industry contacts, careers events and recruitment fairs during the course.

After you finish the course, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

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, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules:

  • Advanced Mathematics for Engineering
  • Heat Transfer and Combustion
  • Manufacturing Process
  • Materials Engineering
  • Strengths of Materials

Optional modules:

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

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Advanced Mathematics for Engineering

Optional modules:

  • Digital and Analogue Devices and Circuits
  • Electrical and Electronic Measurement and Testing
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Heat Transfer and Combustion
  • Manufacturing Process
  • Materials Engineering
  • Strengths of Materials

Optional modules:

  • Computer-aided Machining
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Mechanical Principles

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.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, 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.

Teaching

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • group sessions
  • presentations
  • discussions
  • research
  • presentations
  • e-learning
  • tutorials

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

How you'll spend your time

You'll spend 1 day a week at the Isle of Wight College's Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine (CECAMM). If you're 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

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

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

Entry requirements​

HND General Engineering entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 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.

See the 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

Selection process
  • All applicants will need to attend an interview.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full-time (1 year) – £6,165 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time (2 years) – to be confirmed

This course isn't open to 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 2020, 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 start your application now and submit it later if you want.

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.

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