General Engineering HND
HND General Engineering
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 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. 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.
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
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.
- Analytical Methods
- Engineering Science
- Electrical & Electronic Principles or Mechanical principles
- Project Design, Implementation & Evaluation
- Electrical & Electronic Measurement & Test or Fluid Mechanics
- Digital & Analogue Devices & Circuits or Engineering Thermodynamics
- Applications of Power Electronics or Materials in Engineering
- Combination & Sequential logic or Manufacturing Process
- Advanced Mathematics
- Research Project
- Management of Projects
- Managing Teams & Individuals
- Engineering Design
- Business Management Techniques
- Quality & Business Improvement Techniques
- Design For Manufacture
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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
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
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.
Teaching on this course includes:
- group sessions
You'll also need to do around 120 hours of self-directed learning for each unit.
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:
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- a portfolio
- reflective accounts
48 points to include a minimum of 1 A level at grade D or above
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5
- All applicants are subject to interview
Tuition fees (2019 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £6,165 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- 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.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options if you decide to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study 16 units. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
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 £75 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.
Applying full time
To start full-time in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – H100
- our institution code – P80
You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.
Apply part time
To start part-time in 2019, you use our online application form.
Not quite ready to apply?
Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
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