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Engineering (General Engineering pathway) — Higher National Diploma (HND) Top Up

Engineering and Professional Construction

Course ID: 163257

Course Year: 21/22

Course Details

  • Specialist work-related programme covering the skills required in the Engineering sector.
  • Widens access to higher education in this field.
  • Enhance your career prospects.
  • Inclusive, supportive and respectful learning environment.

What to expect from the course

The purpose of our BTEC Higher Nationals in Engineering programme is to help you develop as a professional, self-reflecting individual who is able to meet the demands of employers in the rapidly evolving engineering sector and adapt to a constantly changing world.

You'll also gain widened access to higher education, and enhance your career prospects in this field.

As a holder of a Level 5 Higher National Diploma, you will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in this field of study, and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. Through this, you will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. 

You'll be able to perform effectively in your chosen field, and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.

The HND in General Engineering provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the Engineering sector. In this pathway, you will take the two mandatory core units, two specialist units and an additional three optional units.

Core/specialist units - all four units must be taken:

  • Research project
  • Professional Engineering Management (Pearson Set Assignment)
  • Further Mathematics
  • Lean Manufacturing

Optional Units – three units to be chosen from list below:

  • Advanced Mechanical Principles
  • Sustainability
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Further Electrical, Electronic and Digital Principles
  • Further Control Systems Engineering

Skills and Knowledge Developed:

  • Provides preparation for a range of technical and management careers in engineering
  • Provides specialised studies which are directly relevant to individual vocations and professions in which students are currently working, or in which they intend to seek employment
  • Enables students to make an immediate contribution in employment
  • Provides flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for progression to graduate and postgraduate studies
  • Develops the range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes which are essential for successful performance in working life

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HND Engineering (General) Programme Handbook (21-22)


Higher National Diploma in Engineering (General)

Why study with us?

The City of Liverpool College has up-to-date equipment and software to complement or prepare students for work in engineering industries. Day release students are encouraged to complete a work-based project.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

The Higher National Diploma provides a solid grounding in engineering, which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage.

On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students have the opportunity to progress into employment or continue their study at degree level.

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Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

• Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) - RQF
• Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (General Engineering) - RQF
• Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Manufacturing Engineering)- RQF
• Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) - RQF
• Higher National Certificate in a relevant engineering area (preferably RQF)

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

Fee for21/22 is 7283.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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