• TEF Silver

    We have the TEF Silver Award in recognition of our high-quality teaching for higher education

  • 100%

    of our HNC / HND students progressed to employment or further study

    Destination data, academic year 2019/20 (HNC 19+ students)

  • Highly qualified and experienced staff

    Highly qualified and experienced staff

Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 Years 4 Part-Time Evening Washington Campus University Level Qualification

What’s it all about?

There are endless possibilities and a wide variety of exciting career paths in the world of engineering. Engineering needs creative people who can solve problems and use specialist skills to find solutions!

The course has been structured so that it offers students the opportunity to further their knowledge and skills in the Higher Education sector. As a collegewe have invested significant capital into resources to give students the opportunity to work with industry standard equipment in a controlled environment.

The range of units covered throughout the course means that regardless of the industry that you work in you can learn new skills and enhance your knowledge by using up to date resources and equipment.

Take your career to the next level or secure your ideal job with this general engineering qualification.

The entry requirements for this course are as follows:

A full Level 3 Diploma in Engineering or Operations and Maintenance Engineering, a relevant A-Level programme or equivalent or extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications within your work sector.

Applications from students currently working in industry can be considered on an individual basis following discussion with the course lead.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ 2300.00 *subject to change It is an expectation that you will provide your own stationery items (Paper, Ring Binder, Pens, Pencils and a Scientific Calculator). There may be opportunities to partake in industrial visits which may incur additional costs but these will be discussed as needed and are not mandatory to attend.

You will be taught via class lectures, online sessions and through group activities. Assessment methods used include written assignments, practical experiments, project work and presentations with vocationally related scenarios linked to industry.

The course consists of the following breakdown of units:

Core units
- Engineering Design
- Engineering Maths
- Engineering Science
- Managing a Professional Engineering Project

Optional units
- Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/ CAM)
- CAD for Maintenance Engineers
- Materials Properties and Testing
= Quality Process Improvement

Optional units are subject to change dependent on demand from local industry and employers.


Our HE Academic Support resources can provide help with study skills, academic writing, research skills, critical thinking, revision, assessment and examination skills.

What’s next?

Following the completion of the HNC programme there are progression routes within the college including the option to complete a HND top-up in a related subject area to achieve a level 5 qualification.

You can also continue your studies at University following your HNC giving you access to further Higher Education Ssudies.

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Chemical Scientists

Chemical scientists analyse and research physical aspects of chemical structure and change within substances and develop chemical techniques used in the manufacture or modification of natural substances and processed products.

Medium Salary

£ 31631

1152 people employed as Chemical Scientists in the current year.

Civil Engineers

Civil engineers undertake research and design, direct construction and manage the operation and maintenance of civil and mining engineering structures.

Medium Salary

£ 39689

2243 people employed as Civil Engineers in the current year.

Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical engineers undertake research and design, direct the manufacture and manage the operation and maintenance of engines, machines, aircraft, vehicle and ships’ structures, building services and other mechanical items.

Medium Salary

£ 40461

2136 people employed as Mechanical Engineers in the current year.

93.1%of our students progressed to further study, university of employment.

(*Based on 16-18 year olds destination data, 2019/20 academic year)

Why choose Sunderland College?

Consistently high achievement rates

Rated Good by Ofsted

*Ofsted June 2016

Excellent student support

Recognised regionally and nationally for our high-quality approach to careers education