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Engineering (Marine Technologies) HNC/FdEng

This is a nationally recognised qualification which will give you a superb grounding in the essential principles and techniques needed to meet the increasingly challenging and exciting nature of the Engineering industry, specifically within marine technologies. The course has been designed to produce highly employable graduates who combine an indepth knowledge and skills in marine technologies with a wide ranging understanding of more general professional requirements.

As a student on this course you will have the benefits of using the Bournemouth & Poole College’s excellent facilities including 3D printing, an industrial robot, CAD/CAM suites and material testing laboratory. Please contact the College for details about their open days.

This course focuses on the requirements of the marine industry, mainly in respect to craft up to 24m long, known as recreational and leisure craft.

Throughout the course, you will continually develop a working knowledge and understanding of the skills needed for successful operation within marine technologies. You will graduate with the transferable skills necessary to operate effectively within various marine technologies and you’ll become an analytical thinker, being able to solve complex design & engineering related problems.

You will be taught computer aided engineering, using hardware and software design along with simulation essential for working with marine technologies. You’ll also learn how to plan and manage the supply chain and the importance of the quality process to make the best use of available resources.

See Course details for more information.

Key information

Next start date:

HNC: September 2021, September 2022; FDEng: July 2021


Bournemouth & Poole College


2 years full-time, 3 years part time


Institution of Engineering Designers and Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Please see Course Details for more information about accreditations.

Required subjects:

Physics, Maths, Computer Design Technology

Entry requirements:

For July/September 2021: 

HNC: One A Level at grade C in a required subject or equivalent AVCE or National Diploma / Certificate (or equivalent UK or overseas qualifications)

FdEng: 120 Level C credits from an HNC in a required subject. Normally at least 40 credits should be at Merit level or above and 20 of these credits should be from a mathematical analytical unit.

International entry requirements:

For July/September 2021 entry: IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check our international entry requirements.

Course details

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the FdEng programme specification (pdf 187kb)Download the HNC programme specification (pdf 179kb)

Your application

Entry requirements

Other qualifications

For full details of entry requirements for the HNC or FdEng, please contact the college.

Further study

Once you have completed your course, you can move on to a top-up degree or the final year of an undergraduate honours degree to achieve the next level of qualification.

Graduates may apply to progress onto the final year of an honours degree or top-up degree at Bournemouth University, at a BU partner college or another institution, subject to a suitable course being offered, places being available and applicants obtaining the University's required entry criteria.

For entry onto a Bournemouth University top-up degree, you will be assessed on your overall mark (there may be a minimum requirement), your performance on the foundation degree and where appropriate an interview with the programme coordinator.

View our top-up degrees webpage

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