HNC/HND Engineering

The HNC / HND Engineering provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the engineering sector. There are a choice of three different pathways that offers particular specialist emphasis through specialist units.

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

HNC / HND’s provide a nationally recognised qualification (120 credits) offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment and opportunities to progress on to an honours degree programme.

This qualification is delivered at Peterborough Regional College and offers full-time and part-time study options.

The courses at Peterborough Regional College are studied in smaller class sizes with a typical class size under 30 students.

  • Many students on this course are in full-time employment in engineering roles and core modules are relevant to the workplace.

  • Students will learn the principles of engineering by experienced professionals.

  • There are excellent job opportunities in Peterborough and the surrounding area as the course has strong links with local employers.
  • After successful completion of the HNC or HND Engineering, you have the opportunity to complete the BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Control Systems Engineering, BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering or BEng (Hons) Integrated Engineering Top-up to obtain a full honours degree.

Please contact us 01733 214466 or email for the latest UCAS tariff during Clearing. For details about Clearing please visit

We accept UCAS points with the following qualifications with a related subject:

  • 2 A-levels in Mathematics and preferably Physics
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in an Engineering discipline
  • Cambridge Technical Level 3 in an Engineering discipline
  • Access to HE

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email to discuss equivalent qualifications such as Bridge to HE in Engineering or relevant work experience. An interview might be required in these circumstances.

You must have GCSEs English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above.

We accept A-level General Studies and AS-levels when combined with other full qualifications.

If English is not your first language you will require IELTS score of 5.5 or an equivalent English Language qualification.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


UCP offers students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should identify any relevant prior learning when you apply.  If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

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If you have any questions about entry requirements contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

You must take units worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each unit is worth a specified number of credits.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Level 4 (HNC)

  • Engineering Design (15 credits)
  • Engineering Maths (15 credits)
  • Engineering Science (15 credits)
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project (15 credits)
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles (15 credits)
  • Automation, Robotics and PLCs (15 credits)
  • Digital Principles (15 credits)
  • Electronic Circuits and Devices (15 credits)

Click here for more information about each of the core modules (Electrical and Electronic Engineering).

Manufacturing Engineering

Level 4 (HNC)

    • Engineering Design (15 credits)
    • Engineering Maths (15 credits)
    • Engineering Science (15 credits)
    • Managing a Professional Engineering Project (15 credits)
    • Production Engineering for Manufacture (15 credits)
    • Quality and Process Improvement (15 credits)
    • Polymer Materials (15 credits)
    • Polymer Processing (15 credits)

Level 5 (HND)

  • Research Project (30 credits)
  • Professional Engineering Management (15 credits)
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering (15 credits)
  • Lean Manufacturing (15 credits)
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology (15 credits)
  • Further Maths (15 credits)
  • Further PLCs (15 credits)

Click here for more information about each of the core modules (Manufacturing Engineering).

Mechanical Engineering

Level 4 (HNC)

  • Engineering Design (15 credits)
  • Engineering Maths (15 credits)
  • Engineering Science (15 credits)
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project (15 credits)
  • Mechanical Principles (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines (15 credits)
  • Materials, Properties and Testing (15 credits)
  • Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) (15 credits)

Click here for more information about each of the core modules (Mechanical Engineering).

All units are usually 15 credit in value.  A typical unit is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course we will timetable your lectures into one of two full days a week over two semesters per year (see Duration and delivery for exact details).

Each semester is up to 15 teaching weeks. If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities.

We recommend that full-time students allow up to an additional 30 hours per week for additional study. The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open late until 9.00pm from Monday to Thursday during term time.

Timetables are available at least one month before enrolment and you can refer to the academic calendar for teaching weeks. Note that the days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

  • Coursework
    • Reports
    • Portfolio
    • Reflective log book
    • Presentation/oral assessment
    • Practical assessment
    • Virtual laboratory assessment
    • Written assessment

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current assessment brief with all the information you need for each unit, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

After successful completion of the HNC Engineering (Level 4), you have the opportunity to complete Level 5 and 6 of the BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Control Systems Engineering or BEng (Hons) Mechnical and Manufacturing Engineering to obtain a full honours degree.

Future careers after completing this course may include:

  • Design Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Development Engineer
  • Quality Engineer

I am the Course Leader for the BEng Engineering degrees at University Centre Peterborough and HNC/HND Engineering qualifications at Peterborough Regional College. I have been teaching since September 2009 and joined University Centre Peterborough in December 2012.

External commitments include being a Visiting Lecturer at Hubei University of Technology, China and an Examiner for Pearson Education.

Prior to teaching, I worked in industry for 11 years and have a background in electronics and manufacturing engineering, working for Walkbury Electronics Ltd and Perkins Engines Co Ltd/Caterpillar Inc based in Peterborough. I have also lived and worked in Spain and Australia.


  • MSc Information Technology (CEng Accredited), De Montfort University
  • BSc (Hons) Electronic Engineering, De Montfort University
  • BA Open Degree, The Open University
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), University of Greenwich
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), Queen Mary University of London

Professional Membership

  • Fellow of the HE Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)
  • Incorporated Engineer (IEng)

When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

All full-time applications for UK and EU students must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All part-time applications can be submitted directly to University Centre Peterborough. You can download and complete the following form then email to, or send it through the post, or visit us in person.

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.


For full-time undergraduate and HNC/D applications, we advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have a successfully received an unconditional or conditional offer. We are available to help you through every step of the way.

From Friday 5th July 2019 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing. This is open to those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.

For more information how to apply through Clearing please visit

Key Facts

H600 - Electrical and Electronic Engineering / n/a Manufacturing Engineering / H300 - Mechanical Engineering
Institution code
Accredited by:
Pearson Edexcel

Peterborough Regional College

Duration and Delivery

HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering

  • 1 year full-time (2 full days a week over two semesters per year)
  • 2 years part-time (1 full day a week over two semesters per year)

HNC / HND Manufacturing Engineering

  • HNC: 2 years part-time (1 full day a week over two semesters per year)
  • HND: 3 years part-time (1 full day a week over two semesters per year)

HNC Mechanical Engineering

  • 1 year full-time (2 full days a week over two semesters per year)
  • 2 years part-time (1 full day a week over two semesters per year)

Start Date
September 2019 or September 2020

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for UK and EU students starting in 2019/20 or 2020/21 will be:

  • HNC full-time: £6,000 per year
  • HNC part-time: £3,000 per year
  • HND part-time: £4,000 per year

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Additional Notes

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