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If you wish to study this course full-time you must apply through UCAS; UCAS Code H6Y8, Institution Code Y70.

If you wish to study part-time follow the 'apply' link at the top of this page and fill out a York College application form.

Click here to view York College’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) and an explanation on how fee income will be used to support students.

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Multi-Skill General Engineering provides an industry recognised route into technical and managerial careers in engineering. You can complete the full HNC in 18 months part-time or one year full-time, as opposed to the two years most providers require, saving you time and money. The programme is structured to enable you to train while you work and will allow you to top up to HND once completed.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry: A BTEC National Certificate/Diploma/Extended Diploma in an engineering-based discipline or equivalent.

Non-standard entry: Applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the standard minimum entry requirements will be considered.

Duration and Attendance

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Programme Content

You will study in the new, York College Construction and Skills Centre, a purpose built facility containing two large workshop spaces, engineering labs, classrooms and IT suites meeting the needs of your studies, as well as those of the industry. The Engineering department staff are dedicated to ensure you receive the support you need including one-on-one contact. With a huge range of industry experience, you can be confident you will learn the latest industry practises in state-of-the-art surroundings.

The HNC in Multi-Skill General Engineering feeds directly into the Higher National Diploma in Multi-Skill General Engineering course. This qualification provides opportunities for learners to apply their knowledge and practical skills in the workplace. Full-time learners have the opportunity to do this through formal work placements or part-time employment experience.

Course themes across the full course (HNC and HND) include:

  • Engineering Design
  • Research project
  • Professional Engineering Management
  • Engineering Maths
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Quality and Process Improvement
  • Engineering Science
  • Commercial Programming Software
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Manufacture

Assessment Methods

Assessment is by assignment work, which includes calculations, lab work, circuit/system simulations, programming, research and investigations. In year 2 (HND) there is also a design, implementation and evaluation project.


Successful completion of the HNC in Multi-Skill General Engineering will enable you to enrol on to the HND Multi-Skill General Engineering.

Progression onto a full-time or part-time degree is possible from either the HNC or HND, depending on your final grade outcomes and point of entry.

Course Price

  Fee 2017/18 (starts) Fee 2018/19 (starts)
Full time £6185 £7200
Part time £5600 £5750

International Students should call the International team at York College on 01904 770425.

How to Apply

You need to apply for this course through the UCAS website.

Further Information

If you would like more information about the HNC course, or wish to discuss individual units, please call York College on 01904 770400 and we will arrange for you to speak to the programme leader as soon as possible.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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