Level 4 HNC in General Engineering – Full Online Open Learning Qualification

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This course has been designed for individuals who are already working as Multi-Skilled Engineers, as well as those seeking employment in the Engineering sector.

BTEC HNC qualifications are well-recognised and sought-after, both in academia and in industry.

General Engineering HNC Overview

A Higher National Certificate is the first level of Higher Education (Level 4). Completion of this course will allow for progression on to a Higher National Diploma (Level 5) and potentially a Full Degree programme. In addition, completion of a General Engineering HNC provides evidence that you have developed the fundamental knowledge and skills that would be required to perform the key duties of a Multi-skilled Engineer in industry.

Our General Engineering HNC programme is available with full Online Delivery and Assessment. This is a Distance Learning programme, but not in the traditional sense. Our resources consist of Bite-size instructional videos and interactive practice questions. In addition, all of our Assessments can be completed and assessed entirely Online.

Studying by Distance Learning can be a challenge. Completing an HNC with us will be a real testament to your personal motivation, organisational skills, perseverance and persistence. These are additional personality traits and transferable skills that are highly desired in the Engineering sector.


General Engineering HNC Course Content

Mechanical Engineering HNC

A BTEC HNC in General Engineering is an 8-unit qualification, consisting of both mandatory units and specialist units. To view the awarding body programme specification, please click on the BTEC Edexcel image.

The Engineers Academy® BTEC HNC in General Engineering is made up of the following units (specialist units may be subject to change):

Core HNC Engineering Units:

  • Unit 1 – Engineering Design
  • Unit 2 – Engineering Maths
  • Unit 3 – Engineering Science
  • Unit 4 – Managing a Professional Engineering Project

Specialist General Engineering HNC Units:

  • Unit 5 – Renewable Energy
  • Unit 8 – Mechanical Principles
  • Unit 9 – Materials, Properties and Testing
  • Unit 19 – Electrical and Electronic Principles

Entry Requirements for our HNC in General Engineering

Although the Awarding Body for our General Engineering HNC does not specify formal entry requirements, it is the responsibility of centres delivering the qualifications to ensure that students have a reasonable likelihood of success on the programme.

Individuals from a range of different backgrounds express an interest in General Engineering programmes. Some have academic qualifications, but no formal experience, whilst others have worked in Engineering for many years, but have not completed relevant academic qualifications.

Secondly, studying via Distance Learning (particularly Online) can differ greatly from traditional study.

For these reasons, we ask that all applicants complete relevant Bridging Courses prior to enrolment. Our Bridging Courses are designed to enable the development of analytical, problem-solving skills that are required when studying Higher Education programmes in Engineering. Participation and completion of these Bridging Courses will provide some assurance that students enrolling on to our HNC courses will be willing and capable of engaging with their course materials and our Study Platform.

To enrol on to our General Engineering HNC you should complete the following Bridging Courses:

These courses can be ordered as a discounted bundle below:

Upon completion of each course you will receive a certificate. Achieving a certificate in each of the Bridging Courses above will entitle you to enrol on to our General Engineering HNC Programme.

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Additional Programme Study Requirements

You will be provided with full, unlimited access to the Engineers Academy Study Platform for the duration of your chosen HNC programme. In order to access the Study Platform, you will need an Internet connection and Internet access. In addition, you will need the following:

  • A scientific calculator (Casio FX83GT or equivalent)
  • Microsoft Office 365 / LibreOffice software (or equivalent)
  • A Laptop or Desktop Computer with the following specifications
    • Operating System: MAC operating on version 11 Big Sur, or PC operating on Windows 10 (or newer)
    • Processor: X86-based 64-bit processor, 4 cores, 1.7GHz minimum
    • RAM: 4GB minimum
    • Storage: 10GB minimum
    • Graphics Card: DirectX11 minimum

Note: You will also be required to register for additional subject specific software, but wherever possible, we will recommend software that offers free trials and / or student licenses. Please ensue you have the necessary permission to install software on the Laptop / Desktop that you intend to use for your studies.

8 reviews for Level 4 HNC in General Engineering – Full Online Open Learning Qualification

  1. Luke Harto

    This course has been exceptional; it has allowed me the flexibility to complete it at my own pace. The tutors are outstanding—extremely knowledgeable and always ready to clarify any queries. The course material is engaging and presented in a manner that is easily comprehensible. I highly recommend this course and Engineers Academy. Whenever I encountered difficulties grasping certain concepts, the support team at Engineers Academy responded promptly to my questions, providing clear explanations and confirming my understanding or pointing out errors. I have nothing but praise for the assistance and the quality of content provided by this course.

  2. Jason Scott

    Being a mature student with a busy family life and demanding work schedule, flexibility was paramount. Engineers Academy’s online platform allowed me to tailor my learning experience to fit seamlessly into my existing commitments. Their comprehensive online platform provided the foundation I needed, starting with their Level 3 Math, Mechanical, and Electrical Bridging courses, which were instrumental in preparing me for the challenges ahead. The transition to their fully accredited Pearson BTEC HNC Level 4 in General Engineering course was seamless, thanks to the meticulously crafted curriculum and accessibility of the online study materials. The tutorials were not only detailed but also provided a clear roadmap to my success. The inclusion of the online tutorials and questions allowed for a hands on approach to learning and reinforcing my theoretical knowledge. One of the stand out features of Engineers Academy was the promptness of the constructive formative feedback which I received throughout my course modules to help keep me on track with the online assessments. Engineers Academy has equipped me with the knowledge and skills needed for my career in engineering with their supportive and flexible learning environment.

  3. Nick Stello

    Fantastic course, the tutor are very knowledgeable and approachable. Would recommend the course any person who is in full time employment.

  4. sam james shepherd

    The HNC really was a fantastically ran course. My work life balance shifted through this HNC and Andy and Jon really made an effort to reach out to me to ensure I was staying on track. I have just signed up for the HND program because the HNC was such a success. Really looking forward to getting stuck in.

  5. Stu82

    I have just completed my Level 4 HNC in General Engineering. I joined Engineers academy 3 years ago and they helped me pick this qualification back up after I had a gap of about a year. They were able to use some of my credits towards this course and set me up with a plan to complete this one. With a busy work/home life I managed to complete this course by working a little bit every night and some time at weekends. The course content all the way through has been fantastic. Descriptive and easy to understand. The short practice questions helped build confidence for each module undertaken. The timescales to complete each module kept me in check. The support given to me through the Engineers Academy team has also been exceptional. Very prompt in their response and even happy to have telephone chats if needed.
    I highly recommend this and any other course with the Engineers Academy.

  6. Adam Senior

    I have just completed my Level 4 HNC in General Engineering qualification. I started this course back in January 2019 so it has taken me just over 2 years to complete this course. I am a Supervisor on an Offshore wind farm working for SGRE and due to the nature of my job i am working a 2 week on 2 week off rotation. With this carrying out a standard day release HNC program would not be possible. The HNC program with Engineers Academy is fully distance learning and also flexible with a busy working and dynamic working life like mine. In my off-shift i would always put an hour a side each day which would maintain good progress through out the qualification and complete in a timescale as mentioned. For myself the structure of the learning modules and video tutorials are fantastic. Any questions or queries are answered very quickly and the team are more than happy to help.

    I highly recommend this programme and hope to progress onto my HND through Engineers Academy aswell

  7. RyanProsser

    I have been doing my HNC through Engineers Academy since January 2019. My Job doesn’t suit conventional learning at a college so having it all online based is great and I can do it when I have the time. I have found the course to be very good and the support I have received has been amazing, the tutors at EA have always helped me out, explaining where I have gone wrong and helped me understand the correct way. The format is excellent and the videos are really good at explaining the subjects, then the questions are very well written and give instant feedback. When I have done the assessments, they have been marked within 2 days and sent back every time with written feedback. The course material is really interesting and shown in a way that can be easily understood. I can’t recommend this course and Engineers Academy enough.

  8. Stuart Saunders

    I moved my distance learning to the engineering academy about a year ago and have been working my way through the HNC course. I have found the video tutorials to be a massive help. With my old course there was only literature to read, having the videos explain what is being worked out or the processes that are undertaken to achieve a goal has been such a great help. Whenever I have struggled to understand content, the engineering academy have been quick with their response to my questions, explaining what I didn’t understand and confirming where I was right or how I had made a mistake. I can’t fault the help and the content i am receiving from this course.

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