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Manufacturing Engineering — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

Engineering and Professional Construction

Course ID: 172654

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • Develop skills that are essential for a successful working life.
  • We help to prepare you for a range of techincal and management careers in engineering.
  • Optional units available.
  • Higher National Certificate.
  • 1 year course.
  • Gain access to support from our dedicated teaching team.
  • Study in a friendly, respectful and incluisve learning environment.

What to expect from the course

The Higher National Certificate in Manufacturing Engineering provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required for employment in specialist engineering environments or further study in Engineering. The course develops 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 qualification also aims to widen access to higher education and enhance students' career prospects.

This course embeds the development of key skills throughout the programme. Students will develop attributes and strengths required by twenty-first century employers. On completion of this course, students may wish to progress to further study at Level 5 on the Higher National Diploma in Engineering.

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

HNC Manufacturing 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:

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
  • Production Engineering for Manufacture
  • Quality and Process Improvement
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Engineering Computer Aided Design (CAD) for Maintenance Engineers

How will I be taught?

The teaching and learning strategies used to promote these skills are developed through the programme outlined above. Analysis and problem-solving skills are developed through coursework and laboratory/workshop activities. Practical, research and design skills are developed through coursework, assignments and laboratory/workshop activities.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of this course is through practical activities, activity write-ups, coursework/ research reports and project reports and presentations.

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 Certificate in Manufacturing Engineering

Why study with us?

The City of Liverpool College has up-to-date equipment and software to complement or prepare students for work in the 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 Certificate 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 4 Higher National Certificate, students can progress into employment or continue their study at level 5, with the Higher National Diploma in Engineering (Top-up), which provides an opportunity to extend an existing HNC qualification to a higher level with study of more in-depth specialist units.

Example careers

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Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

• A* to C/ 4-9 grade in GCSE Maths
• BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering (MPP Grade)
• GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This should be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C/ 4-9 (or equivalent)
• other related Level 3 qualifications
• Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved
further education institution
• related work experience
• an international equivalent of the above

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

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


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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