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Level 4 HNC in General Engineering 

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) in General Engineering has been developed alongside industry professionals to ensure that you will gain the understanding and experience that employers are looking for.

Successful completion will give you the academic qualifications required to study for a bachelor’s degree in engineering (BEng).



Frequently Asked Questions

About Higher Qualifications

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) Engineering qualification has been developed alongside industry professionals to ensure students develop the skills for career progression, particularly to senior technician level, or further study.

The Level 4 HNC in general provides study over a range of disciplines and you will gain the understanding and experience of the skills that employers are looking for.

We have two separate pathways available:
• Electrical
• Mechanical

HNCs are aimed at employees who have completed an Advanced Apprenticeship or those who would like to further their skills and knowledge to progress to a senior technician level within their organisation.

A HNC in General Engineering is two academic years long and follows a day-release format from your organisation where you will study one day

a week with us in centre

Programme Information

Generic units across both electrical and mechanical pathways:

  • Engineering design
  • Engineering maths
  • Engineering science
  • Managing a professional engineering project. 

The Electrical pathway includes units on:

  • Automation, robotics and programmable logic controllers
  • Electrical machines
  • Electro, pneumatic and hydraulic systems
  • Electrical and electronic principles. 

The Mechanical pathway includes units on:

  • Electro, pneumatic and hydraulic systems
  • Fundamentals of thermodynamics and heat engines
  • Mechanical principles
  • Fluid mechanics.

The HNC in General Engineering allows employees to develop their skills and experience so they are able to take on more senior roles within their organisations, including: management and line management roles,shop floor manager and senior technicians.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering - overall grade MM or higher. 

A minimum of two A Levels at grade C or above, including mathematics or science

Once you have decided on which apprenticeship is for you and you meet the entry requirements, the next step is to apply. 

Applicants are required to pass a diagnostic test at the AMRC Training Centre before being offered a place on this programme.

Steps are being finalised by government to create this qualification as an apprenticeship due to start in 2020.

For more information contact our recruitment team at

The AMRC Training Centre

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