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Target audience 

This course if designed for learners who work or wish to work as engineering technicians in the fabrication & welding sector.  It has been developed in consultation with local industry, and combines theory and practical work with the focus being on industrial applications.

Higher National Certificates and Diplomas (HNCs & HNDs) are designed to provide a programme of specialist vocational learning at Levels 4 and 5 which reflects the requirement of professional organsiations and meets the National Occupational Standards for each sector or industry.  Higher Nationals are recognised internationally by employers as providing learners with the key concepts and pratical skills for direct progression to, or within, employment.

This Higher National Certificate is administered and ratified by Teesside University, and is taught at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

Entry requirements 

Typically, a prospective learner will have completed a Level 3 Diploma (720GLH)- or Extended Diploma (1080GLH)-sized qualification in a  related field.  Recommended entry qualifications include the BTEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.

Prospective learners without these qualifications but with prior experience in a related field may be admitted to the course via an interview with the course team.

Course content 

A Higher National Certificate consists of eight Level 4 modules.  Learners studying for an HNC in Fabrication & Welding will complete the following modules:

Part One

  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
  • Non-Destructive Testing

Part Two

  • Engineering Design
  • Materials & Metallurgy for Fabrication & Welding
  • Welding Technology
  • Fabrication Technology

Part time learners will study Part One in Year 1 and Part Two in Year 2.

Teaching & Learning 

A variety of teaching strategies will be employed in delivering this qualification, dependant upon the module content.  This may include lectures, seminars, practical work, simulated work environments and group activities.

Teaching and learning activities will take place in a range of specialist facilities, laboratories and classrooms.

Assessment criteria 

Each module has two assessments.  The format of the assessments will depend on the content of the modules but could include written reports, practical tasks or examinations.

Assessments are outcome- and criterion-referenced, and will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.  The overall qualification is also graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and is dependant on the individual module outcomes.  Final grades are ratified by Teesside University.


Learners who complete this course and gain the qualification can progress to a Higher National Diploma in the same field or, in some instances, to an appropriate undergraduate degree programme.

The Higher National Certificate is a recognised benchmark qualification in the engineering sector and will provide opportunities for career development.  Typically, an HNC opens up the possibility of a career in a wide range of engineering disciplines including design, manufacturing, project managment and IT.

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Whatever course you choose, you'll get the highest level of training from specialist tutors, benefiting from their knowledge and experience of working not just in education but also in industry.

Application & Enrolment

You are able to apply online for all courses, however to complete your course enrolment fully, you will need to have an interview and then be accepted onto a course. The only courses available to enrol online are Full Cost courses, if you wish to enrol on any other course please call into Student Services or call 01429 295000.

Full Cost course fees are inclusive of VAT.

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