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

Engineering and Professional Construction

Course ID: 173982

Course Year: 24/25

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 Higher National Diploma Top-up in Engineering builds on students' learning during the Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering. The course provides a comprehensive foundation for the current needs of industry in terms of the changing nature of moving away from the reliance on energy supply from a petrochemical basis to one where low carbon alternatives and the application of lean manufacturing philosophies are gaining dominance.

The course enables students to develop many core skills which are required within all Engineering sectors, such as independent research, analysis, evaluation, technical report writing and presentation skills.

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

HND General Engineering Programme Handbook (22-23)

This programme is delivered through in-person teaching. Should government guidance or public heath advice change in-year, students will be able to continue their studies with a blend of in-person and remote learning, supported by additional safety measures on campus.

Modules studied:

  • Research Project
  • Professional Engineering Management
  • Advanced Mechanical Principles
  • Further Mathematics
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology
  • Sustainability

How will I be taught?

The teaching on the HND General Engineering follows two pathways, Mechanical/Manufacturing and Electrical/Electronic, both of which share common units. The teaching of the topics for each pathway is conducted in the classrooms, workshops and laboratories within the Vauxhall Road Campus with IT hardware and software.

The activities such as Value Steam Mapping within Lean Manufacturing, elements of Project work and aspects of the Electrical, Electronic and Digital Principles require high levels of independent learning via research, analysis and evaluation to provide work which is to the required standard.

How will I be assessed?

Most units on the course have four Learning Outcomes. The Learning Outcomes are assessed through a variety of assessments which may range from the student being asked to produce Technical Reports, Academic Posters, Presentations, Technical Drawings, Maps, Numerical responses, and Simulations.

Feedback is provided on formal coursework submissions to enable you to learn and develop throughout the course. This includes feedback on draft or formative assessment work at least once per module, before the final summative submission.

Who is the course intended for?

This course is targeted and suitable for people who have studied a BTEC L4 Engineering course to the RQF standard and who wish to progress to the next level of academic progression before entering directly into employment or a degree course at a University.

Additional Costs

Students may be required to purchase their own materials for any specialist projects they undertake as part of the course.

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


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.

The potential career paths which students can take are diverse and wide ranging. Students will be able to access opportunities within the Low Carbon energy generation industries along with opportunities in the wider Engineering sectors and disciplines associated with Maintenance, Design and Manufacturing.

Example careers

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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 for24/25 is 7400.00
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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