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

Course information

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.

Holders of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study, and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. Through this they will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their 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 students 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)

This course leads to...

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.

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.

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.
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Further Information...

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Course ID: 163257

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


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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