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General Engineering HND

On this course, get to grips with the fundamentals of engineering sciences and management, and learn how you can apply your skills to the engineering industry.

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Typical offer:

48 UCAS points to include a minimum of 1 A level, a BTEC qualification, or equivalent, in a relevant engineering discipline

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

On this course, 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.

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Isle of Wight College – CECAMM

This course takes place at the Isle of Wight College's Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine (CECAMM).

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.

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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

Contact information


+44 (0) 23 9284 5566

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Entry requirements

HND General Engineering entry requirements

Typical offers

  • UCAS points – 48 points to include a minimum of 1 A level, a BTEC qualification, or equivalent, in a relevant engineering discipline  (calculate your UCAS points)
    • Other qualifications such as Vocational A levels (AVCE) and Access courses will also be considered
    • Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience will be considered 
  • A levels – EEE
  • T-levels – Pass (D or E in the core)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – PPP

Selection process

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview in support of their application.

You may need to have studied specific subjects – find full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept at UCAS.

English language requirements

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

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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.

We look at more than just your grades

While we consider your grades when making an offer, we also carefully look at your circumstances and other factors to assess your potential. These include whether you live and work in the region and your personal and family circumstances which we assess using established data.

Explore more about how we make your offer

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.

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Ongoing career support – up to 5 years after you graduate

Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience.

Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.


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.

What you'll study

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Advanced Mathematics for Engineering – 15 credits
  • Design for Manufacture – 15 credits
  • Engineering Design – 15 credits
  • Strengths of Materials – 15 credits

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Programmable Logic Controllers – 15 credits
  • Quality and Business Improvement Techniques – 15 credits
  • Research Project – 15 credits
  • Work Based Experience – 15 credits

There are no optional modules in this course.

Changes to course content

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. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.


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 as practical activities, working with colleagues to apply what you've learnt in the classroom to your job.

Term dates

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

  • September–January
  • January–May


Supporting you

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support


As well as support from faculty 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.

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.

Costs and funding

Tuition fees

UK, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man students

  • Full time: £6,165
  • Part time: £3,850

EU students

  • Full time: £6,165
  • Part time: £3,850

International students

  • Full time: £19,200
  • Part time: £9,600

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

Additional 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.


How to apply

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.

More information

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.