School of Science, Engineering & Design

Open learning in engineering courses


Entry requirements and applying


The principal entry requirement for a Teesside University open learning in engineering HNC course is that our tutors are satisfied that you can be expected to benefit from the course and have a realistic expectation of successfully completing it.

The basic entry requirement for the HNC courses is a Level 3 qualification in mathematics. If you don't hold a qualification at this level, we have a bridging module available - Foundation Mathematics for Engineers. If you wish to start with the Foundation Mathematics for Engineers module, please state this on your application form.

For entry onto either HNC Chemical Engineering or HNC Processing Engineering you may be required to complete a bridging module in Process Chemistry.

We make every effort to take relevant previous experience and appropriate alternative qualifications into account.

Course costs


For a Higher National Certificate (HNC) you study eight modules at £495 for each module. For the Higher National Diploma (HND) you study a maximum of 16 modules, again at £495 each. You usually pay for one module at a time. Some modules are subject to availability.

If you join the course and haven't completed any appropriate HNC modules previously, the total cost of an HNC is currently £3,960 for the eight modules required and an HND is another £3,960 on top of this for the additional eight modules you need to study.

Please note we no longer accept purchase orders, cheques or bank transfers - all payments for modules must be made through the online shop. The link will be provided in your offer letter.

Student loans


Home students may be eligible to apply for a student loan using the Student Finance website . Click on 'apply online for student finance'.

Search for Teesside University and the course title for the month you wish to start your studies and apply for a loan of £990 only to cover the cost of the first two modules. You must not select the maximum allowance option. If you study more than two modules within your year, the University will issue the Student Loans Company with an electronic change of circumstances request for an increase in your tuition fee loan. Please note you must apply each year for your next student loan - for example, if your loan starts in May 2017 you will need to apply again in May 2018 for that year.

When you receive your letter of confirmation from the Student Loans Company, please email it to us at tuole@tees.ac.uk before the start of your course. Please note that the foundation modules (if applicable) are not covered by this loan.

We are an ELCAS provider, provider number 1691.