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APPLY NOW! We are in the process of recruiting for our next HNC and HND courses, due to start in September 2022. We are running the following:

  • HNC – Manufacturing
  • HNC – Electrical/Electronic
  • HND – Manufacturing Engineering
  • HND - General Engineering 

All courses cost £2500+VAT per year. HNC is a 2-year course and HND can possibly be done in one year depending on prior HNC units. The course will be on day release, term time only. Class sizes will be small and up to 10 people allowing for one-to-one tuition during class time. Our bespoke programme is beneficial to both employer and student as it is the only one in the area that offers you the opportunity to complete the HND in one year rather than other colleges in the area that offers the programme as a two-year course.

The combination of small class sizes and our bespoke programme has contributed to a 100% pass rate since the initiation of the HNC/HND programme with over 80% of students attaining higher grades allowing progression to BEng (Hons) degree.  

Register your interest through the following link:

Qualification Title 

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (HNC)


Specialist pathways offered by Rochdale Training are: 

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Manufacturing Engineering)   

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)   

Brief Description 

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate qualifications in Engineering offer:

  • A stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable for students.   
  • The essential subject knowledge that students need to progress successfully within the world of work or onto further study is provided by specialist engineering lecturers.  
  • Refreshed content that is closely aligned with the employer, Professional Body, and higher education needs.  
  • Assessments that consider cognitive skills (what students know) along with effective and applied skills (respectively how they behave and what they can do). 
  • Unit-specific grading and Pearson-set assignments.   
  • A varied approach to assessment that supports progression to Level 6 and also allows centres to offer assessments relevant to the local economy, thereby accommodating and enhancing different learning styles.   
  • A qualification designed to meet the needs of employers encompassing two level 5 units  
  • Day release required  
  • Teaching, learning, and assessment will be based at Rochdale Training.
What will you learn 

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of some sector-specific skills and experience through the specialist units in each pathway, with the opportunity to pursue a particular interest through the appropriate selection of optional units. This effectively builds underpinning core skills while preparing the student for more intense subject specialisation at Level 5. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study, and workplace activities.  

At Level 4 students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the engineering sector through four core units for each pathway, including one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The core units are:

  • Unit 1: Engineering Design   
  • Unit 2: Engineering Mathematics   
  • Unit 3: Engineering Science   
  • Unit 4: Managing a Professional Engineering Project 

For the Manufacturing Engineering pathway, students take the four mandatory core units, two specialist units, and an additional four optional units.

  • Unit 8 Mechanical Principles. L4.
  • Unit 9 Materials properties & Testing. L4. 
  • Unit 14 Production engineering for manufacturing. (S) L4.  
  • Unit 17 Quality and process improvement. (S) L4.  
  • Unit 39 Further Mathematics. L5.
  • Unit 50 Advanced Manufacturing Technology. L5.

For the Electrical and Electronic Engineering pathway, students take the four mandatory core units, one specialist unit, five additional optional units. These consist of:

  • Unit 19 Electrical and Electronic Principles. (S). L4.
  • Unit 20 Digital Principles. L4.
  • Unit 22 Electrical circuits and devices. L4.
  • Unit 31 Electrical Systems & Fault Finding. L4.
  • Unit 39 Further Mathematics. L5.
  • Unit 52 Further Electrical & Electronic Principles. L5.
  • Key – L4 = Level 4, L5 = Level 5.

(S) = Specialist Mandatory.

Learners successfully completing the Higher National Certificate will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of engineering. They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately, and they will have the qualities of personal responsibility needed to enhance their employment. They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent working with growing fault-finding and problem-solving strategies, and organisational awareness.

They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to work, showing resilience under pressure and the ability to meet challenging targets within a reasonable, pre-set, timeframe. They will also demonstrate regard for the ethical responsibilities of the engineer, for cost, and for the importance of protecting and sustaining the environment. 

Entry Requirements 

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

  • A* to C grade and/or 9 to 4 in GCSE Maths (or equivalent) is strongly recommended.   
  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering   
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent)   
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications   
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution   
  • Related work experience   
  • An international equivalent of the above. 
Duration  Two Years (Term Time) – Friday Day Release  
Professional Membership  Not applicable to this Standard