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University of Portsmouth

General Engineering

UCAS Code: H100

Higher National Diploma - HND

Entry requirements


48 points to include a minimum of 1 A level.

Pass the Access to HE Diploma.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, to include Mathematics and/or Physics at grade B or above/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, to include Mathematics and/or Physics at grade 5 or above.

48 Tariff points.

48 Tariff points.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

PPP

Must be in an engineering discipline

48 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

48

48 points to include a minimum of 1 A level, a BTEC qualification in a relevant engineering discipline, or equivalent. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience will be considered. All applicants will need to attend an interview.

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2020

Other options

2.0 years | Part-time | 2020

Subject

General or integrated engineering

**Overview**

If you want to get ahead in your engineering career, an HND in General Engineering can help you realise your ambition. On this course, which you can do full-time or part-time, you'll get to grips with the fundamentals of engineering sciences and management, and learn how you can apply your skills to the industries you want to work in.

You'll spend 1 day a week at the Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine (CECAMM) at the Isle of Wight College. This brand new, £12 million facility, is packed with the latest tools, equipment and resources. You'll learn from experts, and apply what you learn to your job if you're already in an engineering role.

When you finish the course, you'll have new skills, knowledge and professional experience, backed up by a Higher National Diploma that could help you land your dream job, or progress in your career. You could also continue your studies, for example, by topping up your HND to a Bachelor's degree.

**What you'll experience**

On this course, you'll:

- Spend 1 day a week in the brand new, £12 million Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine (CECAMM) at the Isle of Wight College

- Study topics that support your interests and career ambitions

- Learn from experts in seminars, lectures and group sessions

- Put what you learn to work in your job straight away, if you're already in employment

- Get the option to continue your studies, and top-up your HND to a Bachelor's degree after the course

**Careers and opportunities**

Our Careers and Employability service can help you with career planning and you'll get access industry contacts, careers events and recruitment fairs during the course.

After you finish the course, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Modules

What you'll study on this HND General Engineering course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules:

Advanced Mathematics for Engineering

Optional modules:

Digital and Analogue Devices and Circuits
Electrical and Electronic Measurement and Testing
Electrical and Electronic Principles

Year 2

Core modules:

Heat Transfer and Combustion
Manufacturing Process
Materials Engineering
Strengths of Materials

Optional modules:

Computer-aided Machining
Engineering Thermodynamics
Mechanical Principles

Assessment methods

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

observation
presentations
a portfolio
reports
exams
reflective accounts

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£6,165
per year
England
£6,165
per year
EU
£6,165
per year
International
£14,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,165
per year
Scotland
£6,165
per year
Wales
£6,165
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Isle of Wight College - CECAMM Centre

Department:

Faculty of Technology

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Engineering (non-specific)

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
83%
Male students
17%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


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Engineering (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

52%
Engineering professionals
8%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
5%
Information technology technicians
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

As a mixed subject within engineering where students get a chance to learn from a range of disciplines, this course isn't taken by as many people as some of the more specialist disciplines. Demand for engineering skills is high, though, and so unemployment rates are low and the average starting salary was a very healthy £26,400 for 2015 graduates. Graduates are able to specialise enough to be working in jobs in engineering — especially in design and development - as well as engineering project management. IT and management consultancy were some of the more common jobs outside engineering. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to a MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

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