BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) in General Engineering

Could you engineer the future?
UK needs over one million new engineers and technicians, says Royal Academy of Engineering. Due to rapid social and technological changes, the need for engineers is greater now than ever before.
To meet projected employer demand the number of engineering apprentices and graduates entering the industry will need to double.

The report, produced by EngineeringUK, analyses the engineering industry’s capacity and capability for growth and details engineering in education, training and employment. It shows that engineering accounts for a quarter (24.9%) of UK turnover – 9% higher than at the start of the recession. However, we need more engineers. Engineering companies will need 182,000 people per year with engineering skills in the decade to 2022 but there is a current annual shortfall of 55,000 skilled workers.

Prepare for Engineering Success in Higher Education by studing at SETA

SETA has successfully delivered the Higher National Certificate at its centre in Stockport for many years.
The course fees include classroom based tutorials, access to online tutorial support, access to online learning materials, e-portfolio access, all registration and certification costs and refreshments on their day of attendance. The higher education programmes are supported by experienced and dedicated support staff.


This programme offers a chance to study independantly and develop a broad range of skills such as report writing, communication and teamwork skills. These skills and the mandatory and specialist units studied will provide you with the knowledge and expertise to work successfully as an Electrical or Mechanical Engineer.

Entry Qualifications

SETA will recruit to this programme with integrity. It will ensure applicants have the prior qualification and/or experience, considering whether this profile indicates that they have the potential to achieve the qualification. Typical entry qualifications are:

  • National Certificate or Diploma in Engineering,
  • Advanced Diploma in Engineering
  • 2 A level passes in relevant subject.

An interview will be carried out prior to acceptance onto the programme to establish suitability for entry. Experience will be taken into account for mature applicants.

Course Duration
The course runs for 2 years on a part-time learning basis.

Course Assessment
Assessment will be by means of assignments, projects, presentations and time controlled assignments. All the above will provide evidence against the published learning outcomes and assessment criteria which will be discussed in detail by the delivery team.

To Higher National Diploma or Degree in Engineering. The BTEC Higher Nationals have been developed with career progression and recognition by professional bodies in mind. SETA is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE).

Course Fees
The course fees are £3500 per year.
(Discounts can be negotiated for member companies and multiple enrolments.)



To apply for September 2019 intake, please contact Julie Burns: