Engineering - Higher National Certificate

L4 Level 4
Part Time
14 September 2020 — 17 June 2022
International Centre for Aerospace

About this course

The Level 4 Higher National certificate in Engineering offers students a pathway designed to support progression into relevant occupational areas or onto degree-level study. This pathway is linked to Professional Body standards (where appropriate) and can provide progression towards professional status or entry to the later stages of an appropriate degree. Holders of the HNC will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study, and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. Through this they will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.

What you will study

On this course you will study modules in:

Year 1 

  • Unit 1 - Engineering Design – 15 Credit
  • Unit 4 - Managing a Professional Engineering Project – 15 Credit
  • Unit 6 - Mechatronics – 15 Credit 

Year 2

  • Unit 2 - Engineering Maths  – 15 Credit
  • Unit 3 - Engineering Science  – 15 Credit
  • Unit 18 - Maintenance Engineering – 15 Credit
  • Unit 8 - Mechanical Principles – 15 Credit 

Apart from a research project, the mode of study for the majority of unit assessment will be through continual assignments. This will require strict and disciplined time management to ensure assignments are submitted to deadlines and to the correct standard. Studying outside college time is a necessity.

Part-time hours, usually from 8:00am to 4:00pm for 1 days per week over 2 years for the duration of the course. 

The employer will be notified of any absence from a time-tabled class on a weekly basis, when requested.

Where can you progress after the course?

Since HNCs and HNDs are designed to give you the skills for a particular field of work, they can lead straight to your chosen career.

You can also use the qualifications to progress within your current career, for example as a stepping stone to gaining professional status.

You can also convert your HNC or HND to a bachelor’s degree with extra study.

Once you complete your course, HNCs can allow entry into the second year of a degree, while HNDs can allow entry into the second or third year.

Course fee per year

Course Fee: £1,920.00

Entry requirements

To study for an HNC or HND, you will need some previous qualifications. Most HND courses require one A level (or equivalent). Check for full details on the entry requirements for this course, dependant on your industry experience to date.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

14 September 2020

End date

17 June 2022

Time of day

Day Time

Part Time

7.5 hours per week


International Centre for Aerospace
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Course code



Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering


What our students say

Throughout my time at CAVC I used a range of equipment, including; soldering irons, oscilloscopes and power supplies. I believe combining the academic and practical skills that I have gained at college will fuse my product design and electronic skills together ahead of university.

Daniel da Silva Gomez
studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering Level 3

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International Centre for Aerospace
International Centre for Aerospace

International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT),
Cardiff Airport Business Park,
Vale of Glamorgan,
CF62 3DP