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.

During the first year you will use CAD software to produce both 2D production drawing and 3D models, undertake design simulations and run stress analysis. You will be introduced to the capabilities of 3D printing to produce physical models and use a CAM package to develop and simulate a milled product. There will be an introduction to business processes and theory within engineering companies and different project management techniques. This is tied together with the underpinning of mathematical theory, engineering science and materials science, including metal and polymer experiments.

During the second year you will be introduced to different design principles and how to undertake a design project. The importance of considering manufacturing methods is emphasised, as is engineering calculations and the behaviour of materials when developing your design. You will undertake a group design project and an individual, company relevant, project that will also demonstrate your ability to project manage. The business processes and theories from the first year will be applied through the production of a business plan. Your understanding of mathematical theory and engineering science will continue to be developed throughout the second year. If successful, you graduate at this point with an HNC and if you achieve the necessary grades you have the option to progress to the Foundation Degree.

In this third year of study you will develop your design techniques and analysis further with the work directly linked to marketing and business requirements within engineering. A more detailed company relevant major project is undertaken to demonstrate you can apply what you have learned over the last three years. You will also undertake writing your first academic paper for possible publication. To link in with the requirements for the IED and IMechE you will also undertake Continual Professional Development and a work based log throughout the year.

See Course details for more information.

Key information

Next start date:

HNC: September 2023, September 2024; FDEng: July 2023


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, Engineering

Entry requirements:

For July/September 2023: 

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 2023 entry: IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check our international entry requirements.