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HNC Engineering (Electrical and Electronic)

  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

After successful completion of the HNC Engineering (Level 4), you have the opportunity to apply for the HND Engineering (Level 5).

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

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

Who is it for?

This engineering qualification 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 (HNC)
  • Mechanical Engineering (HNC)

During the course you will study mandatory units in engineering design, engineering maths and engineering science. You will develop knowledge and undertake a range of projects mixed with academic theory, creating highly skilled and motivated individuals that have the opportunity to progress into a broad range of engineering careers.

If you are working within the engineering field or have ambitions of working in this area in a professional, managerial, or technical capacity, then these courses are for you.

HNC / HND’s provide a nationally recognised qualification (HNC 120 credits / HND 240 credits) offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment and opportunities to progress on to an honours degree programme.

The courses at Peterborough College are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 20 students.

Learn what jobs yous can do with an engineering degree here.

What is covered?

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

HNC Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) (Level 4)

  • HNC Level 4 Engineering Design (15 credits)
  • Engineering Maths (15 credits)
  • Production Engineering for Manufacture (15 credits)
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project (15 credits)
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles (15 credits)
  • Automation, Robotics and PLCs (15 credits)
  • Electrical Machines (15 credits)
  • Quality and Process Improvement (15 credits)

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

  • For details of progression and module scenarios please refer to page 5 of Academic Regulations.
  • For details of assessment offences please refer to Academic Offence Policy.
  • For details of how we will inform you of changes to modules please refer to page 2 of the terms and conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

You must meet the following entry requirements:

5 GCSE grades C/4 or above, including English, Maths and Science and 48 UCAS points, which should be from a related subject in one of the following:

  • A Levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • IB Diploma
  • Access to HE
  • Related work experience
  • Overseas qualifications are judged to be equivalent to the above

Students who do not qualify by any o these qualifications may be offered an interview to discuss equivelant qualifications and previous experience.
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 an IELTS score of 6.0 or above or an equivalent English Language qualification.

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.


We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email


To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit

We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels (you must have grades for at least two A-levels), BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education and Scottish Advanced Highers.

The tariff points for qualifications can be added and combined together (e.g. A-levels plus BTECs).

The UCAS points for A-level General Studies, AS-levels and the EQP (Extended Project Qualification) are accepted when combined with other full qualifications.


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.


We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you 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, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. 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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Full-time: £7,500 per yearPart-time: £3,750 per yearThere may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Full-time: 1 year (2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Part-time: 2 years (1 full day a week over two semesters per year)

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