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Engineering For Overseas Students HND at Derby College

Course description

This one-year university level programme is designed for international learners who wish to gain a higher education qualification in Engineering.  It has been specifically designed for groups of people who are considering entering or progressing a career within general engineering.  

On this programme, you will focus on analytical techniques, design and practical investigation to help solve actual engineering problems.  It will provide you with a solid grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the modern engineering industry, enhancing your opportunities for career progression.  It also provides an ideal platform to study at degree level.

This is a full-time programme of study which involves 15 hours per week in College at our Roundhouse campus in Derby city centre.  You will also be required to carry out research and report writing in your own time for approximately ten hours per week.

Course content

Modules may include*:

Year 1:

  • Analytical Methods
  • Engineering Science
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Electrical Electronic Principles
  • Materials Engineering
  • Business Management Techniques for Engineers
  • Advanced CAD

Year 2:

  • Engineering Design
  • Further Analytical Methods
  • Electronic Principles
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Strength of Materials
  • Electrical Power
  • Managing Work of Individuals and Teams
  • Power Electronics and Drives

For a full programme specification, please contact Robin Webber-Jones:

* Modules may be subject to change

Entry requirements

All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues.

You should have one of the following:

  • A BTEC Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Engineering or any related discipline, preferably with Further Mathematics for Technicians
  • 160 UCAS points including Mathematics and Physics at A-level
  • An Access to HE qualification in a related field at Pass level
  • Any other equivalent international qualification

You will also need:

  • Four GCSEs at grades A*-C including English, Maths and a relevant science qualification


  • Any other equivalent international qualification

We also welcome applicants who lack institutional qualifications.  All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.

International learners will need to demonstrate a minimum IELTS score in English in addition to having a successful interview.  Please contact the College for more information.


Assessment is by a combination of programme assignments, practical exercises, case studies and written assignments.  Vocational skills are also assessed so that attributes such as evaluation, creativity and analysis can be formally credited.  Work of a particularly high quality is rewarded through Merit and Distinction grades.

Future opportunities

You can progress to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in Mechanical, Electronic and Electrical Engineering or a related area.  You will also be in an excellent position to apply for employment in these industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Derby College directly.

Last updated date: 29 January 2016

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    • The Roundhouse houses our Engineering Academy, a state-ofthe- art facility that equips learners with skills to meet the needsof our large employers and their supply chains.

      The campus also includes the Hudson Building, home to our Construction Academy, which supports the demand for trained and qualified construction professionals. The nearby Johnson Building provides superb resources for learners wishing to pursue a career in the motor vehicle sector and acts as a hub for much of our partnership work with employers