Engineering Systems HNC

UCAS code 356H
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

The HNC Engineering Systems will give you the required technical training to be a technician in design, research, development and service support activities in engineering, manufacturing and consultancy.

You may also be able to use the HNC as a spring-board into the second year of our engineering degree, including BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering, BEng (Hons) Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering or BEng (Hons) Energy Engineering 

Special features

  • You will study both mechanical and electrical engineering
  • The course is designed to meet the needs of employers
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above in Maths or Physics or
  • 1 A level at grade D or above in Maths or Physics or
  • NC/NQ Engineering at level 6 or equivalent
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply, appropriate industry related experience will be taken into consideration
  • You may be required to attend an interview

Access routes

  • SVQ 3 Electrotechnical Services
  • NC Engineering Systems
  • NC Engineering

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Communication: Practical Skills
  • Engineering Communication
  • Engineering Measurement and System Monitoring
  • Engineering Systems: Graded Unit 1
  • Mathematics for Engineering 1: Mechanical and Manufacturing
  • Principles of Engineering Systems

Option units may include:

  • Engineering: Practical Skills
  • Computer Aided Draughting for Engineers
  • Materials Selection
  • Mathematics for Engineering 2
  • Thermofluids
  • Analogue Electronics: An Introduction
  • Electronic Construction Skills
  • Engineering Principles
  • Analogue Electronic Principles
  • Applications of Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Combinational Logic
  • Renewable Energy Systems: Overview of Energy Use
  • Dynamics
  • Electrical Engineering Principles 1
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics
  • Statics and Strengths of Materials

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • Part time (structured)
  • Part time (unstructured)
  • Evening (North Highland College UHI only)

You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom, and practical sessions

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 1 year
  • Part time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September
  • January (only available in certain locations and for part-time study only)

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year
Part-time (per HN unit) £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit) £434

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit)** £434

 **There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course prepares you for a variety of jobs in engineering, including manufacturing, offshore engineering, the developing renewables sector and engineering design.

Can I progress into further study?

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

What our students, graduates and staff say:

“When returning to study I chose a subject which would challenge me intellectually and push me out of my comfort zone” 

Hilary Walker, HNC Engineering Systems, Moray College UHI.

Apply for Engineering Systems HNC

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2017 or Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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