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HND Engineering

Degrees (Higher Education)

Part Time

If you are applying to study part-time you can apply directly to the campus of your choice.

Course Description

The course is suitable for those who are employed, for example, in systems design, manufacture, maintenance and technical services areas of the mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering industries. It is also a suitable course if you have completed a level 4 qualification and wish to further develop your skills with a view to employment in the engineering industry.

The Higher National Diploma (HND) is the next level of progression for those who have successfully completed the Higher National Certificate. This level 5 course will deliver a sound understanding of the principles in the field of general engineering study, and will give students the opportunity to apply those principles more widely. Through this students will learn to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems; be able to perform effectively in their chosen general engineering field, and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.

Additional information

More detailed information on Modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.


Visit our course fees page for information on full and part-time degree course fees.

Financial Support

Visit our financial support page for information on the range of support available.

Additional costs may be associated with the following:

Travel associated with attending the programme and work experience, outside visits, field trips, suitable clothing for work/placement, additional printing above allowance, memory sticks, other stationery related costs

It may also be advantageous, but not a requirement, to purchase various software products that are used on the course, such software requirements will be discussed during the interview process.

At times there may be arranged outside visits to companies, events/show etc., and the student should budget for this.

More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.

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Entry Criteria

Direct entry to the HND:

Applicants have to satisfy the requirement that they have successfully studied the HNC or acceptable equivalent of 120 credits at HE level 4. This may require Recognition of Prior Learning (APL) application.

Students who have successful gained the level 4 Pearson BTEC HNC in General Engineering (QCF) at GLLM, may then progress to the level 5 Pearson BTEC HND in General Engineering (RQF) at GLLM.

Progression to level 5 at GLLM, where level 4 has been studied in a different institution will need to be considered through a process of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), in accordance with GLLM policies.

GCSE Mathematics/Numeracy, grade C/4 or above, or Key/Essential Skill equivalent level.

For applicants without these qualifications, evidence of literacy skills at a suitable level to meet the demands of the programme successfully, will need to be demonstrated

Language requirements:

  • GCSE in Welsh or English as first language, grade C/4 or above
  • Any degrees, diplomas or certificates eligible should have been taught and assessed in Welsh or English, or
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Levels 5 or above, English fluency to IELTS 6.0 or higher (with no element less than 5.5)

If your qualifications do not meet the entry requirements listed above, we would still encourage you to apply for the course you're interested in, as many of our courses will consider learners based on their previous work and skills experience rather than their qualifications.


The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Lab work
  • Student centred learning
  • Virtual learning environment (MOODLE)


Part-time: 2 years, 1 day per week (typically afternoon and evening)


For specific course enquiries, please contact:

Steve Ryan (Programme Leader):

Grace Gregson (Administration):

For general enquiries about our degrees, please contact:


The course is assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Assignments in the form of Engineering reports
  • Presentations
  • Practical assignments
  • Portfolio


Where relevant, assessments will be marked and returned to students with constructive and developmental feedback. Effective feedback combines information which enables students to understand the strengths and limitations of their past performance, and information which enables them to recognise how future performance can be improved. Students will be provided with feedback in a timely manner and this feedback will justify how the grade has been awarded. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the feedback given and identify their strengths, things they found challenging and areas for development that they will feed forward to their next assessment. Feedback will include linking evidence to assessment criteria to demonstrate how the student will have met the learning outcomes.


The Higher Nationals in General Engineering have been developed with career progression and recognition by professional bodies in mind.

Further study elsewhere could be considered to continue on to a full Honours Degree.

It is essential that learners gain the maximum benefit from their programme of study. The development of this qualification has been informed by discussions/relevant publications from the Engineering Council UK (EC (UK)) and the Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance (SEMTA).

Campus Information Rhos-on-Sea

The HND General Engineering provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the engineering sector and also offers particular specialist emphasis through the choice of specialist units. The qualifications are mode free but they are primarily undertaken by part-time learners studying over two years. In some sectors, there are opportunities for those wishing to complete an intensive programme of study in a shorter period of time. There are additional funding opportunities available for this course, if you are employed for more than 16 hours per week in an appropriate vocational setting.

Level 5:

Research Project (15 credits, core)

This unit introduces students to the skills necessary to deliver a complex, independently conducted research project that fits within an engineering context. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments; Portfolio)

Professional Engineering Management (15 credits, core)

The aim of this unit is to continue building up on the knowledge gained in Unit 4: Managing a Professional Engineering Project, to provide students with the professional standards for engineers and to guide them on how to develop the range of employability skills needed by professional engineers. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments; Portfolio)

Further Mathematics (15 credits, core)

The unit will prepare students to analyse and model engineering situations using mathematical techniques. Among the topics included in this unit are: number theory, complex numbers, matrix theory, linear equations, numerical integration, numerical differentiation, and graphical representations of curves for estimation within an engineering context. Finally, students will expand their knowledge of calculus to discover how to model and solve engineering problems using first and second order differential equations. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports)

Lean Manufacturing (15 credits, core)

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the principles and processes of lean manufacturing, so that they can become an effective and committed practitioner of lean in whatever industry sector they are employed in. To do this, the unit will explore the tools and techniques that are applied by organisations practicing lean. The students will consider both the benefits and challenges of using lean manufacturing, and become sufficiently knowledgeable about the most important process tools and techniques to be able to operate and use them. ( Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments)

Advanced Mechanical Principles (15 credits, mandatory)

The aim of this unit is to continue covering the topics discussed in Unit 9: Mechanical Principles. It will provide students with advanced knowledge of the mechanical theories associated with engineering applications. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments)

Further Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) (15 credits, mandatory)

The aim of this unit is to further develop students’ skills in the use of PLCs and their specific applications within engineering and manufacturing. Among the topics included in this unit are: device interface methods, PLC signal processing and communications with other devices, PLC programming methodology and alternative programmable control devices. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments)

Further Electrical, Electronic and Digital Principles (15 credits, mandatory)

The emphasis in this unit will be in developing a structured approach to the analysis of AC single-phase and three-phase powered circuitry. This will help students to arrive at the solution in the most efficient way, with the greatest probability of it being correct. In addition, students will be introduced to the expanding use of computers, using specialised software to solve electrical, electronic and digital circuits. This will allow students to develop the necessary confidence and competence in the four key areas of mathematical techniques, circuit analysis, circuit simulation and laboratory practice. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments)

Advanced Manufacturing Technology (15 credits, mandatory)

The ability of successful companies to meet the growing demand of customers is heavily influenced by the development of advanced manufacturing technologies. Customers expect high complexity products, on demand, and with a growing element of customisation. In adopting advanced manufacturing technologies, successful companies will ensure faster time to market of new products, improve products and processes, use new, sustainable, materials, and customise to customer requirements. Manufacturing systems engineering underpins this development. (Assignments in the form of Engineering reports; Presentations; Practical assignments)

Other details

Course type: Degrees (Higher Education)

Level: 5

Programme Area:

  • Engineering
  • International

Awarding Body: Edexcel




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