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Rail Engineering Higher National Certificate (full-time)

The HNC course offers 2 specialist pathways:
o Track
o Tractions and Rolling Stock

BMet would use the Track and Traction and Rolling Stock pathways to offer a natural progression for students who complete Level 3 qualifications and allows a higher-level of understanding and knowledge of the rail industry to assist in achieving promotions and higher job opportunities.

Course Features
• Students can study the HNC (Level 4) course on a full-time basis over one year or on a part-time basis over 2 years.
• On successful completion of the HNC qualification you can progress on to the Higher National Diploma (HND) Rail Engineering course or you may be eligible to progress into the second or third year of a subject related degree at a University or as part of a higher level apprenticeship programme.
• The HNC course is taught at James Watt College using industry expert and the onsite rail track and equipment.

Course Content (HNC – 120 credits – 8 units)
• Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems (Track pathway only)
• Engineering Design
• Engineering Maths
• Engineering Science
• Managing a Professional Engineering Project (Pearson-set)
• Material, Properties and Testing
• Railway Operations
• Track Design
• Traction and Rolling Stock Systems (Traction and Rolling Stock pathway only)

The Year 1 HNC tuition fee for academic year 2022-23 is £6,500. Please be aware that we intend to increase tuition fees in subsequent years using the Retail Price Index (RPI-X).

Course Info

Level 4 - Higher
Subject Area
Course Type
Higher Education Full-Time
James Watt College
Course Length
35 weeks

Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS - UCAS Tariff Points: 64 The tariff points can be made up of: A Levels (GCE and VCE): 2 A Levels at Grade C BTEC Extended Diploma: Grade MPP BTEC Diploma: Grade MM Access to HE: Grade P45 (to include 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 credits at Level 2, totalling 60 credits) Minimum number of GCSEs at Grade 4 or C or above: 2 which must include: GCSE English: Grade 4 or C GCSE Mathematics: Grade 4 or C Are Level 2 equivalents accepted? Yes If the Level 3 qualification is made up of A Levels, one A Level must be Mathematics or Physics. All other qualifications must be an engineering, science or IT subject. NON-ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS - We encourage applications from students who do not meet the entry requirements outlined but can demonstrate ability through work experience, portfolio of evidence or successful interview.

Delivery and Assessment

Assessments will be undertaken for each module and they will be in the form of written tasks, practical’s, exams, presentations, observations, group work and research assignment. These assessments will be carried out over the module and spread out to allow time to complete. Each module has a number of Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria that must be met. All 8 modules must be achieved to pass the overall qualification.


The HNC course can lead to degree level programmes and apprenticeships.