Engineering - Higher National Certificate

BTEC HNC Diploma’s are QCF Level 4 qualifications designed to provide highly specialist work-related skills needed in Engineering. The BTEC Higher Nationals in Engineering have been developed to focus on the education and training of engineers/technicians who are employed at a professional level in a variety of types of technical work, such as in systems design, manufacture, maintenance and technical services areas of the mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering industries. The qualification also allows progression to HND and Degree level programmes.

To achieve the award a PASS in subjects to a total accumulation of at least 120 Credit points must be obtained.

The offer of either running the General or Electrical Electronic Engineering programme is subject to consultation and the needs of the majority of enrolled students.

The subjects listed below is an indication of subjects that would be offered and is subject to change with the exception of the mandatory units highlighted*

Aims of programme

The aims of the programme are:
• To develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and thereby enable you to make an immediate contribution to employment at the appropriate professional level
• To provide preparation for a range of technical and management careers in mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering
• To equip you with knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in the mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering-based industry
• To provide specialist studies relevant to individual vocations and professions in which you are working or intend to seek employment in mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering and its related industries
• To enable progression to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering or related area

Programme contents

The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Engineering is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals who are able to meet the demands of employers in the rapidly evolving engineering sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications also aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of some sector-specific skills and experience through the specialist units in each pathway, with the opportunity to pursue a particular interest through the appropriate selection of optional units.

Programme contents
Requirement of 4 compulsory units, plus an additional 4 units to a total of 120 credits in total, decided by NK College subject to needs of students participating on the programme.

Awarding body

Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
Students under 21:

• Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Engineering

GCSE Grade 4 or above in Science & GCSE Maths & English Grade 4 & above

Students over 21:
If you do not have the above UCAS for GCSE requirements but have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed & still considered.

All students must bring a reference from their employer to interview

Progression / Careers

Career opportunities in such areas as systems design, manufacture, maintenance and technical services areas of the mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering industries.


£3000 per academic year

Modes of assessment

A combination of assignment based coursework, practical assessments together with closed book and controlled assessments are used for each course. These include performance analysis, individual oral presentations, meeting assignment deadlines, problem based coursework and through portfolios consisting of reflective, evidence based competence.

Additional information

Additional information

Student Testimonials
"As a previous level 3 student at North Kent College, the progression to level 4 was very natural". "Since my employer has very strong links to North Kent College and having attended a centre who have provided numerous engineering students in the past, this centre was the obvious choice to make". (Jack Wall)


This information may be subject to change without prior notice.

Timetables are normally available one week before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.