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Engineering Progression Routes, Advanced Pre-Apprenticeship & Pathway to University

Engineering Degrees, HNCs & HNDs


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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering HNC
  • Mechanical Engineering HND
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering HNC Full Time
  • Mechanical Engineering HNC
  • Mechanical Engineering HNC Full Time
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering HND
  • Engineering BEng (Hons)
  • Mechanical Engineering HND Full Time

Engineering Apprenticeships

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The UK is once again one of the global leads for Engineering and Manufacture. Our innovation and high quality, together with efficient timescales of delivery make us stand out. The East of England is a powerhouse for the UK economy much of which comes from the outstanding engineering companies in the region.

At West Suffolk College we offer organisations and learners the chance to learn and develop the skills required to ensure engineering remains prominent in the local area. We offer Level 2 to Level 6 and work with employers across many different pathways such as Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Maintenance, Welding, Tool Making, Design, Installation etc. Our excellent facilities allow for learning to be conducted in a very supportive environment and our work based team helps to embed that classroom knowledge fully in the workplace.

Engineering Courses for School Leavers

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Engineering at West Suffolk College provides a practical and theoretical introduction to mechanical and electronic engineering, computer aided drawing and microprocessing. You’ll get the skills to help solve the problems of tomorrow – from how aircraft work to the electronics in your mobile phone.

The Level 3 course could earn you enough UCAS points to study engineering at any UK university or take an advanced apprenticeship, working with an engineering firm and career off to an early start.

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Choosing what to study can be challenging. Speak to one of our advisors to find out what your options are.

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UCAS Code: N002
Institution Code: W46


To enrol on the HND you must have completed a relevant Higher National Certificate (HNC). HND in Electrical Engineering is designed to enable progression from HNC Engineering providing a nationally recognised award at level 5 for mechanical technicians who are employed at a professional level. The course will also provide opportunities for learners to develop higher level skills and a range of techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life, enabling application for professional recognition as an Incorporated Engineer. The units studied have been selected in association with local employers in a variety of industries, aiming to satisfy their future needs. The qualification aims to develop knowledge and skills in engineering that will allow graduates to make positive contributions to employers as fast as possible and so progress in a career. Successful completion will also enable entry to the level 6 progression route BEng (Hons) Engineering degree (1 year full-time or two years part-time) at Degree Studies at West Suffolk College or entry to level 6 of Engineering related degrees at other UK Higher Education institutions. Assessment uses a variety of methods, including reports, assignments and presentations, where practical these are electronically submitted.
The Department has access to Autocad 2020, Inventor 2020 and electronic simulation uses Multisim version 14 in either of our 5 technical suites with at least 20 seats. The Faculty has several dedicated electronics laboratories and a machine shop.

Course modules

Below are the current modules:

Professional Engineering Management
Further Maths
Lean Manufacturing
Further Electrical Principles
Research Project
Research Project
Industrial Power Systems
Industrial Systems

Career opportunities

Electronic and electrical engineers are highly employable and can find work in many areas, including the electronics, automotive, IT, telecoms, manufacturing, power, transport, utilities and construction industries.

Fees and finance

The current course costs are £6,360 per year for full time.

£3180 per year (part-time)

Additional costs

Currently there are no additional costs

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
Successful completion of a relevant HNC, or 64 UCAS points plus either an A Level or BTEC qualification in a relevant engineering discipline, or equivalent.
International Requirements
IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Typical offer

A typical acceptance offer would be a pass in an HNC in electrical and electronic engineering.

Days & times

Date(s) to be confirmed

Course price


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