This nationally recognised course provides essential grounding in the principles and techniques to enable technicians to meet the increasingly challenging and exciting nature of the industry.

The qualification is aimed at higher technician engineers who are currently employed in the engineering sector. It builds on the principles covered in the BTEC National Certificate course but is equally suitable for mature students with relevant industrial experience wishing to develop their career in Engineering Design.

As a student on this course you will have the benefits of using Bournemouth & Poole College’s excellent facilities including modern rapid prototyping facilities. There are also a number of state-of-the-art CAD suites available in the Design Centre. 

At HNC level you will use CAD software to produce both two-dimensional drawings and three-dimensional models. You will also be introduced to the capabilities of rapid manufacture to produce physical models of your designs. The importance of consideration of manufacturing methods is emphasised as part of the design process as is consideration of the behaviour of engineering materials and fitness for purpose.

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Key information

Next start date:

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


Bournemouth & Poole College


HNC One year full-time, 2 years part-time; FdEng One calendar year full-time or part-time


FdEng accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and HNC/FdEng accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers. Please see 'Accreditations' section in Course Details for more information.

Required subjects:

Physics, Maths or Computer Design Technology, Engineering

Entry requirements:

For July/September 2023 entry:

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 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.

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