Open learning in engineering courses

How to apply
Engineering students

You can apply for the open learning HNC/D courses online. Use the 'apply online' link on the course you are interested in. If you have any problems with applying online contact our Department for Quality and Governance:
T: 01642 384228

To discuss a programme before you apply, call the number given in the specific course entry.

Higher National Certificates and Diplomas

We currently offer HNC/D courses by flexible open learning in:

The principal entry requirement for a Teesside University open learning in engineering HNC course is that our tutors are satisfied 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 do not hold a qualification at this level then we have a bridging module available - Foundation Mathematics for Engineers.

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

In addition, we will make every effort to take relevant previous experience and appropriate alternative qualifications into account.

If you wish to apply for Accredited Prior Learning (APL) please follow the link.

How long will it take? Registration for the HN courses lasts for five years. You can start a course at any time that suits you and progress at a pace that suits you and your personal circumstances. Course tutors will suggest guidelines to help you manage your time most effectively. You will be asked to complete a learning agreement to help your tutor monitor your progress. If followed, the eight modules necessary for HNC completion will typically require between two and three years, with 6–8 hours study a week, though we have had experience of particularly dedicated and able students completing their studies in shorter times than this.

TUOLE provides you with open and flexible learning, but it's important to note that the University has changed to its regulations. It requires all part-time students to complete a minimum of 30 credits (maximum 125 credits). For TUOLE students enrolled on a HNC/D course, this will mean you complete at least two modules each year with a maximum of eight modules. This is a Teesside University and Student Finance Company requirement for all part-time students. You will only be able to study 30 credits (or two modules) at any given time and will need to complete these modules before progressing to further study.

What support will I need or receive? Although courses are designed for self-study, tutorial support (including the marking of all assessment work) is a requirement of all courses. We can provide tutorial support in a number of ways to suit individual needs. You can access personal visits to TUOLE (where this is feasible), telephone, email, fax or post. You can also access e-learning which provides dedicated online support for each module.

Are there any exams? There are no exams on the HNC modules. The HNC is assessed by means of 'in-course' tutor marked assignments (TMAs). The TMAs contain a series of questions which can be used to satisfy the assessment criteria necessary to fulfil the learning outcomes of the module. Some of the modules also require the completion of practical work. The TMAs are submitted electronically via elearning@tees site. The final assessment for each module is an interview by the module tutor. This enables the tutor to authenticate your work and confirm the grade of the award.

How is the HNC awarded? Each module, when successfully completed, will be graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction. A Pass is awarded for the achievement of all outcomes against the specified assessment criteria. Merit and Distinction grades are awarded for higher level achievement.

What will it cost? View our prices.