Automotive Engineering Higher National Diploma (HND)

Course Information

  • Course Code: ST2225E12
  • Fees: View fees and financial support information
  • UCAS Code: 009H
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study Mode: and Part time
  • This course is recruiting in: 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19
  • This course is available to start in: January

This two year full-time course will enable you to look at the complete life cycle of an automotive product from the design process, to manufacturing, materials, science and project design.

This was a new qualification for September 2015. It has been developed to provide a progression route to students studying Level 3 Motor Vehicle or Engineering qualifications to enable them to continue their studies at a higher level.

You will study in the £14million University Centre at Blackburn College that opened in 2009, the £7million Sir Bill Taylor Futures Centre that opened in September 2013 and the £5.5million Regional Automotive Technology Hub building that opened in September 2014. The latter contains a number of specialist workshops and a real life MOT lane.

The qualification has been developed to focus on:

• The education and training of automotive engineers/managers who are employed at a professional level in various managerial/technical roles across the manufacturing, maintenance and technical service areas of automotive engineering industries

• Providing opportunities for engineers/technicians to achieve a nationally recognised level 5 qualification

• Providing opportunities to focus on the development of higher level skills within a technological and management context

• Providing opportunities for progression onto the later stages of a BEng (Hons) qualification (subject to validation).

What will I study?

This two-year Higher National Diploma has a vocational emphasis and enables you to develop your skills in automotive engineering. However, you will explore the science that underpins all engineering and will use mathematics at a higher level.

You will be stretched academically and where opportunities arise, you will link with industry experts to see first-hand how they operate.

In order to complete the qualification you will need to complete 4 mandatory units. Three of these are taken in the first year of the programme. The remaining module is taken in the second year of the programme.

Mandatory modules include:

• Analytical Methods for Engineers (15 credits)
• Engineering Science (15 credits)
• Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation (20 credits)
• Engine and Vehicle Design and Performance (15 credits)

In addition, it is likely you will take the following modules:

• Mechanical Principles (15 credits)
• Electrical and Electronic Principles (15 credits)
• Health and Safety Risk Assessment in Engineering (15 credits)
• Business Management Techniques for Engineers (15 credits)
• Engineering Design (15 credits)

In addition you will be required to undertake a further set of modules including a Research Project (20 credits) and a series of automotive engineering modules.

As we progress through the approval process of this qualification additional modules will be specified from a range that includes exciting topics such as Automotive Accident Investigation, Vehicle Parts Management, Vehicle Fault Diagnosis and more.

Modules available will be subject to student demand and teaching staff availability.

Entry Requirements

You will need 160 UCAS points or to have successfully completed courses such as Auto Electrical or Mechanical Level 3 or Light Vehicle Level 3. You will need to have attained a GCSE at Grade C or above in Maths in order to enter the programme. If you are a mature student (aged 21+) you may have other experience or qualifications. You should still apply for the course. Applicants with non standard entry criteria will be invited to interview.

Please note: For 2017 entry the UCAS Tariff is changing and the UCAS points required to enter this programme will be different from 2016. For those joining this programme in September 2017, you will need to have 48 UCAS Tariff points. All other entry criteria (as specified above) remain in place.

If you require more information on the UCAS tariff for 2017 entry please visit:

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 5.5. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £8,850 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment on this programme is 100% coursework based. For each module you undertake there will be a series of assessment tasks including assignments, briefs, essays and more.

You will be assessed both throughout the modules in order to check your understanding of complex topics as well as at the end of the module to ensure understanding of the complete subject.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

After successful completion of the course, you may wish to progress to employment in automotive engineering. The course is set at a higher level to enable graduates to progress into junior management roles.

Alternatively, you may wish to undertake further study that will enable you to progress in Automobile Engineering or Engineering,
generally. Subject to validation, you may also be able to progress onto the final year of a BEng (Hons) Engineering programme at University Centre at Blackburn College. 



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