Higher National Diploma (HND)

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Availability & Details

Engineering - HND SF-ENGNHD-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full-Time, Higher Education, UCAS

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

How to apply

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Our courses include the use of modern industry-standard software and equipment, use of analysis tools, CAD, electronic testing, material testing and automation. An ideal course for Electro-Mechanical Engineers.

The purpose of this qualification is to develop you as a professional, self-reflecting individual so that you can meet the demands of employers in the rapidly evolving engineering sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualification also aims to widen access to Higher Education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them. Successful completion of the HNC (Year 1) entitles you to study a further year to gain a Level 5 HND in Engineering (Year 2).

If you have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

– Grade 9-4 in GCSE Mathematics – a sound mathematical ability is essential
– A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering
– A Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in relevant subjects such as Mathematics, Physics etc.

On this two year HND course at HSDC South Downs, you will study the following units:

Year 1 (HNC)

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Maths
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
  • Materials, Properties and Testing
  • Automation, Robotics and PLC
  • Production Engineering for Manufacture
  • Quality and Process Improvement

Year 2 (HND)

  • Research Project
  • Professional Engineering Management
  • Virtual Engineering
  • Further Mathematics
  • Further PLCs
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Embedded Systems 

This level of study requires additional hours allocated each week outside of College for research and writing reports. 

You will be required to attend College for three days a week.

On successful completion of Year 1 HNC, you can progress on to Year 2 HND Engineering.


Classes are informal and incorporate a variety of teaching and learning methods e.g. discussion, lectures, group work and practical sessions.

The course will be delivered over two years as a full time course, over three days a week.


Assessment is made through completion of assignment based activities, reports, coursework, practical work, independent study and research. Each unit is marked at Pass, Merit or Distinction grade and these will be used to calculate a final overall grade for the qualification.

Following the completion of this course, you can progress to a top-up degree at university or degree Apprenticeship. Career destinations include Design Engineers, Electrical or Electronic Engineers and Mechanical Engineers.

The course has been designed with local employer needs in mind and can be used as part of a Levy Funded Higher Apprenticeship.

“The learning at South Downs was insightful and relevant to a career in professional engineering. The tutors were eager for students to fully understand the learning material and explore the subjects in depth.”

Jon Allen, BTEC National Diploma and HND Engineering