The Higher National Certificate HNC and Engineering Apprenticeships in Stockport

Since 2016 SETA is delivering the Higher National Certificate (HNC) at its centre in Stockport. The specially developed facility is bespoke to the HNC delivery.

The course fees include external guest lecturers, residential visits, all registration and certification costs and lunchtime refreshments on day of attendance. The higher education experience is supported by experienced and dedicated delivery and support staff.

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 with Higher Education

SETA HNC Diploma in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering programme offers a chance to study 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 QualificationsSETA-courses-HNC-Mechanical

SETA will recruit to this programme with integrity. It will ensure applicants have the prior qualification and/or experience, considering whether this profile shows that the applicants 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 Assessment
Assessment can be by the use of assignments, projects, presentations, time controlled assignments. All the above will provide evidence against the published learning outcomes and assessment criteria which will be discussed in detail with the delivery team where explanation will be provided.

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

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