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General Engineering HND

This course is not open to applications at this moment in time.


Equivalent to two years of a university degree, our General Engineering HND will enhance the practical and personal skills needed for a role in the sector. As well as giving you an appreciation of General Engineering principles, you will cover amongst other things engineering design, electrical and electronic principles, instrumentation and controls systems, engineering maths and science as well as managing a professional engineering project. 



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Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in General Engineering

  • Introductory Course Information

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    Award: Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma General Engineering 

    UCAS Code: H370

    Location: Bolton College – Deane Road  

    Awarding BodyPearson 

    Duration2 Years (full-time) 

    Start Date: TBC

  • Course Overview

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    The Level 5 HND in General Engineering is designed to develop your knowledge and skills across a broad range of electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering technologies that are essential to businesses in this rapidly evolving and dynamic sector of the economy. The course also aims to help you gain key transferable skills that are highly valued by employers.


    Our expert tutors will guide you throughout your course and help you gain practical, professional and subject specific skills. Your course will cover the key knowledge required by all engineers such as; engineering design, mathematics and science, and how to manage a professional engineering project. You'll be able to take specialist units to further develop your knowledge in areas of electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering. You'll also learn the principals of lean manufacturing and areas of professional engineering management and advanced mathematical studies. You'll also complete an individual project, where you'll have the opportunity to develop and apply your knowledge, practical ability and design skills. We'll support you as you develop cognitive, intellectual and thinking skills, and gain valuable key, personal and transferable skills ready for employment or further study.

  • Course Highlights & Key Features

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    Course Highlights

    • You'll have the opportunity to make progress towards achieving internationally recognised registration with a professional body regulated by the Engineering Council. 
    • You are encourage to undertake a work placement during the summer holidays (recommended but not a requirement of the course).
    • Upon Completion of this programme, you'll be awarded a Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering (General Engineering).
    • Bolton College scores highly in student satisfaction surveys for our HE provision, and we take pride in being able to offer you the opportunity to learn from industry-experienced staff.

    Key Features

    • The course offers essential subject knowledge that you'll need to progress successfully within or into the world of work or onto further study.
    • Our teaching approach is 'student-centred'. We'll work with you on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout your studies.
    • You'll have the opportunity to develop and enhance crucial skills such as communication, teamwork, organising and planning, numeracy, problem solving, flexibility and adaptability, action planning, self-awareness, initiative, personal impact and confidence, environmental sustainability, and social, public and ethical responsibility.
  • Modules

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    The modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

    • Engineering Maths
    • Engineering Science
    • Engineering Design
    • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
    • Electrical and Electronic Principles
    • Electronic Circuits and Devices
    • Instrumentation and Control Systems
    • Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers
    • Research Project
    • Professional Engineering Management
    • Further Mathematics
    • Lean Manufacturing
    • Further PLCs
    • Analogue Electronic Systems
    • Sustainability
  • Entry Requirements

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    • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3
    • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above / 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English and maths
    • Entry is also available to those who have extensive relevant work experiencing within the Engineering sector - if you don't have the academic qualifications listed above but have extensive appropriate work experience, we'll consider your application.
    • If English isn't your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications - click here to find out more.
    • If you want to progress on to a top-up degree course at a university after completing this HND, you will usually need GCSE English and maths at grade c/4 or above (or equivalent). If you have not already achieved this, please speak to the course leader about taking GCSE English and/or maths while completing this course.

     You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of your work.

  • Career Opportunities

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    This qualification has been developed by Pearson closely with experts from employers, vendors, professional bodies, universities and colleges so that you'll gain the skills necessary to succeed in this area.

    What can I do with this qualification?

    The Engineering HND prepares you for a career in areas such as control engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, sensors and data processing, avionics, mechanical, automotive, biomedical engineering, computing, telecommunications and mobile communications.


    You can also progress onto a higher level qualification if you complete the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Engineering (General Engineering). You'll be able to apply for advanced standing to bachelor's degrees in a range of engineering disciplines.


    Other career options:

    • Teaching
    • Research and development
    • Finance
    • Business
    • Intellectual property
    • Government and Civil Service
    • Military


    Professional Recognition

    Qualifications in engineering within the UK are referenced against the Engineering Council, UK specifications which sets standards at Levels 3, 6 and 8. The Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Engineering are set at Level 4 and 5 and have been written with reference to the Engineering Council specification for Level 3 and 6.

    Holders of the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering (General Engineering) meet the academic requirements for the Engineering Council Engineering Technician Standard (EngTech).

  • Fees & Financial Support

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    For students starting in 20-21, the tuition fees are £5,996


    Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides Progression Awards for students who progress from a level 3 Bolton College course onto a HE Bolton College course. For further information on the Progression Award, click here. To find out more about financial support, please click here.


    Useful links for Bolton College Regulations, Policies and Procedures:  If you need information regarding any of the HE policies and procedures or how to make a complaint or appeal then please visit our key strategies and framework page

  • Teaching, Learning & Assessment

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    The varied nature of this HND programme means that we use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. In order to ensure you acquire and develop the appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills, we combine timetables classes with student-centred and independent learning. You can expect to attend lectures, practical sessions, workshops, tutorials and informal group study sessions. There will also be opportunities to go on site visits to view state-of-the-art projects, and attend guest lectures by specialists from industry, the professional bodies or other academic institutions.


    There are significant opportunities to spend time with the tutors and technicians during timetabled classes, practical work and tutorials. However, we'll still expect you to devote a significant amount of time to personal study. For example, this time might be spent engaging in general background reading, revisiting practical work or working on assignments.


    We use a range of assessment methods, depending upon the learner outcome in question and the type of module content being assessed. You'll have opportunities to test your understanding of subjects informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark or grade. Each module/unit will normally contain at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you’ll receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades/marks you receive for them do not count toward your module/unit mark or grade.


    There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module/unit. Methods include a range of assessments such as exams, essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, and final year major project. The grades from the formal assessments count towards your module/unit mark or grade.



    We will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


    Assessment Methods

    LevelAssessment method
    Level One Coursework (97%), Practical exams (3%)
    Level Two Coursework (87%), Practical exams (13%)

    Learning Activities


    Learning activity

    Level One

    Guided independent study (60%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (40%)

    Level Two

    Guided independent study (60%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (40%)

  • How To Apply

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    This course is currently not open for applications. 

  • Contact Us

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    Gibson Jeremie
    Programme Leader, Bolton College
    Telephone: +44 (0)1204 482035


    Peter Alstead
    Head of Area, Bolton College
    Telephone: +44 (0)1204 482035