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Combined Engineering HNC/HND/BSc (Hons) Degree


By becoming an engineer, you can help solve problems that are important and relevant to today’s society, such as the effects of climate change whilst meeting the UK energy demand. Projects that you may work on could have a lasting impact on how we live our lives, both now and in the future.

The wealth and diversity of potential careers and industries in which you might work is amazing. At CU Coventry we aim to provide a broad understanding in this exciting industry, giving you the skills needed to start your career.


Combined Engineering HNC

Along with the introduction to the underpinning engineering principles in both electrical and mechanical engineering, you will develop design skills using industry-standard graphic software. This programme should help you to develop the knowledge and skills that will prepare you to continue your studies at HND and BSc (Hons) Degree levels within CU Coventry should you wish to gain higher level academic qualifications.

Combined Engineering HND

The HND programme is the second year of the Combined Engineering degree course. At this level you will advance your knowledge of electrical/electronic and mechanical engineering and use microcontrollers across a wide range of applications. You will also look at contemporary issues facing tomorrow’s engineers including renewable energy sources.

This programme should help you to develop the knowledge and skills that will help prepare you to continue studies at BSc (Hons) degree level within CU Coventry should you wish to gain a higher level academic qualification.

Combined Engineering BSc (Hons) Degree

The Combined Engineering degree has been designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required by today’s professional engineers and support individuals looking to develop a career in engineering or undertake post-graduate, specialist study. It will also provide students with the capacity to engage effectively in the application of modern technologies to solve not only today’s problems but also the problems of tomorrow.

As a professional Engineer, you will need knowledge of engineering management. You will get the opportunity to study the field of Mechatronics with specialist investigation into Robotics. A final year project will enable you to select and develop an Engineering topic of interest. The Combined Engineering BSc (Hons) Degree has been designed to provide you with the skills you will need to excel in a modern engineering environment and the capacity to engage effectively in the application of modern technologies.

The BSc (Hons) in Combined Engineering is intended for those who want to develop a career as a professional engineer, but do not want to take a specialist route at undergraduate level.

Honours level study will incorporate the aims listed above and a successful graduate will demonstrate:

a) The ability to critically appraise an engineering scenario with a view to apply new technologies to improve efficiency or effectiveness;

b) How to use an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to engineering studies;

c) Developed practical skills to solve complex workshop based problems;

d) Skills to appraise an engineering problem and discriminate between alternative, sustainable solutions;

e) Key practical and transferable skills to enhance their long term employability or to progress to specialist, post graduate study.


Combined Engineering BSc (Hons) Degree

  • Mathematical Principles for Engineers
  • Design and Engineering Graphics
  • Mechanical Engineering Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Science
  • Microcontroller Applications
  • Electrical Motors and Control Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Renewable Energy Engineering
  • Study Abroad Year/Professional Placement
  • Robotics
  • Engineering Management
  • Mechatronics
  • Engineering Project

On successful completion of the programme you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The Fundamentals of Engineering – including mathematical skills, mechanical and electrical systems, their importance, and how they function. You will be introduced to the role of Engineering within an organisation to develop an awareness of the requirements of engineering systems. Examining current trends in engineering you will look at design consideration in the modern world and demonstrate practical knowledge within the areas of maintenance and control systems. In the final year you will develop a critical appreciation of different engineering applications in today’s society, developing a practical solution to a problem-based scenario;
  • Mechanical systems – you will study the essential knowledge of mechanical engineering science, mechanical engineering design and the operation of mechanical systems, their importance, and how they apply creatively to a variety of routine engineering problems. In the final year you will critically examine thermodynamic cycles and fluid mechanics and creatively apply their knowledge to more advanced subjects such as robotics and mechatronics;
  • Electrical/Electronics – you will study the knowledge of the fundamental concepts and physical principles that underpin electrical and electronic engineering and its applications to solving real-world problems. In the final year you will utilise mathematical and practical skills to critically analyse a range of industry based problems;
  • Engineering design – identifying design concepts and applying design principles using appropriate software you will explore concepts and theories related to design which provide solutions to a wide variety of engineering problems. In the final year you will critically examine contemporary design solutions;
  • Mathematics – you will examine the application of mathematical theory to solve engineering problems is fundamental across the sector. You will also apply mathematical principles to logic controllers and computer programming;
  • Project Development – the final year project will involve developing solutions to real world engineering problems. You will critically examine current trends in engineering design, production and management, and apply the principles in a project environment.


This course will be taught through a variety of methods – lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning, textbooks, module webs, scenario-based learning sets, professional libraries and resources, journals and case studies, seminars, discussion forums and peer-to-peer learning.


Assessment will take the form of individual and group coursework, which is vocationally relevant. The wide range of assessment techniques used at CU Coventry will ensure that you have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in full.

There are no traditional final examinations to worry about. Instead, we will assess your learning through course work and phase tests. Assessments take place during and at the end of each six-week block.


Full-time: Monday–Friday 9.00–13.00 or 14.00–18.00.

Part-time: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 18.00 - 22.00.

Entry Requirements

Combined Engineering HNC

160 UCAS Tariff points and an A-Level in Physics or Maths. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A–C including Maths and English and an A level in Maths/Physics.

Combined Engineering HND

200 UCAS Tariff points and an A-Level in Physics or Maths. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A–C including Maths and English and an A level in Maths/Physics.

Combined Engineering BSc (Hons) Degree

260 UCAS tariff points and an A-Level in Physics or Maths. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English and an A level in Maths/Physics.

International Students

To apply for this course as an international student you must:

  • Meet the above entry criteria with either UK or equivalent qualifications.
  • Be trained to English language proficiency level IELTS 6.0 (HNC - year 1/HND - year 2) or IELTS 6.5 (Degree/Top Up - year 3).

Access to HE Diploma

A pass in the Access Diploma. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A-C, or specified equivalents. In addition, the need to pass our own internal Maths/English test and interview.

Foundation course

This degree programme has an integral stage 0 attached to it, if you do not meet the entry requirements you may enter at the Foundation level. Successful completion of the following will guarantee you access onto this degree programme: 

We understand that not everyone fits easily into this national framework, particularly if you already have professional work experience. If you’d like to discuss with us what your qualifications and/or experience allow you to study, please get in touch and we’ll try to help.


Full-time course is: £6,909 per year

For the academic year 2016/17, each six week block will cost £1,727.25. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £6,909. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year.

Each stage of the qualification (HNC/HND/Degree) will require you to complete four academic blocks. You can study up to four blocks in one academic year or study at a slower pace (usually three academic blocks per year). Please note if you do study at a slower pace you will need to re-enrol to complete your studies in the next academic year.

For the academic year 2016/17 each block for part-time students will cost £1,727.25. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2016/17 is: £6,909.

International course fees is: £10,079 per year


As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Coventry from Student Finance England.


You can make your application in two ways:

• If you’re interested in a full-time course your application must be submitted via UCAS. Once you’ve registered you can start the application process; you’ll need our unique institution code C85, the code for your preferred course and the campus code 5.

Part-time/International Students

If you're looking to apply for a part-time or International course you can submit your application directly to CU Coventry via our online application form.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Combined Engineering HNC

The HNC in Combined Engineering is intended for those with a foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and an interest in developing and applying their knowledge to a range of disciplines related to engineering.

This programme will support a range of students, including those looking to progress academically and those wishing to support or broaden their work based skills and learning.

The HNC programme is year one of the Combined Engineering degree course. At this level, you will be introduced to the underpinning engineering principles and distinct modules in both electrical and mechanical engineering. Along with this you will develop design skills using industry standard graphic software.

A successful graduate of the HNC will demonstrate that they can explain engineering principles, solve simple, practical problems in an engineering context, show practical skills in a laboratory/workshop environment and have the educational preparation for a career as an engineering technician.

Completing this Combined Engineering HNC course with a pass rate of 40% or higher will allow progression onto the Civil Engineering BSc (Hons) course at Coventry University, subject to a successful application. Gaining 50% or higher will allow progression onto the Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) course at Coventry University, again this is subject to a successful application.

Combined Engineering HND

Successful completion of this course will give you multiple choices. You can continue with your studies to gain a BSc in Combined Engineering at CU Coventry or you could look for employment. With a HND qualification, your chances of employment are improved, and the level at which you enter the jobs market could mean a higher salary.

Typical jobs at HND level can include: Engineering Technician, Test Engineer, Maintenance Engineer, Project Manager, Quality Control Engineer, Electrical/Electronic Engineer, Mechanical Engineer and Design Engineer.

Combined Engineering BSc (Hons) Degree

Successfully completing the BSc means your chances of employment are improved, and the level at which you enter the jobs market could mean a higher salary. Successful graduates will be knowledgeable across a range of engineering disciplines giving them an advantage over candidates that had gone through the traditional route of an independent and narrowly focused course. Graduates can go on to work in different engineering sectors, manufacturing industries, consultancy firms or undertake post-graduate study.

The BSc could also lead towards professional membership of IET or IMECHE and/or a platform for specialist MSc/MEng study. Typical jobs at this level may include: mechanical engineer, design engineer, electrical engineer as well as other project management roles.


We plan to support you on your journey from student to graduate and hopefully employment by facilitating and encouraging work placements and internships to help you stand out from other graduates.

Sandwich years and placements give you the opportunity to gain further insight into the industry or career you are seeking to follow. This enables you to contextualise the theoretical models and concepts discussed in the classroom in the work place. Furthermore, if you choose to take advantage of a placement or sandwich year this version of the degree will help to increase your employment prospects by acquiring skills and gaining an understanding of what employers expect of graduates.

Course code:

  • HNC: 1 year full time; 14 months part time (UK/EU only)
  • HND: 2 years full time; 30 months part time (UK/EU only)
  • Degree: 3 years full time; 48 months part time (UK/EU only)

  • Undergraduate Degree

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Part time (UK/EU only)


Contact Details:

CU Coventry

+44 (0) 24 7765 8787