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Year of Entry 2019/20

Railway Engineering

Part-time Engineering

Gain sought-after engineering skills for the rail industry, preparing for further specialist studies or employment.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £4,625 per year
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2019

Course summary

  • Develop your engineering technical skills in accordance with Engineering Council guidelines
  • Graduate with immediately useful rail sector skills, or progress to FdEng or BEng (Hon) level studies
  • Study railway engineering principles, together with mathematics, science, and computing topics
  • Apply your knowledge through practical lab and work-based learning
  • Advance your career and enhance your employability in the rail industry or in general engineering

This one-year course is aimed towards those with an existing role or connection to the rail industry. You'll learn vital practical and theoretical skills to advance yourself professionally - preparing for more senior positions or further engineering studies.

How you learn

Our industry links ensure fantastic opportunities for all of our undergraduates. In this video, employers and students talk about the benefits of taking a placement year.

This HNC, while being a worthwhile standalone qualification, also provides the underpinning studies required for direct entry to Level 5 of the FdEng and BEng Railway Engineering degrees. It aims to deliver industry-relevant content that not only covers the fundamentals of engineering, but also delivers railway-specific material, based on new technologies. You'll study mathematics, engineering principles, business and legislation in the rail industry, and undertake an industry based project for two modules - ensuring a varied, useful course with valuable real-world application.

You learn through

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work-based learning
  • Practical railway infrastructure-based projects
  • Independent study
  • Lab-based study
  • IT simulations
  • Groupwork

Course leaders and tutors

Dong Zhang
Dong Zhang
Course leader for Railway Engineering

Dr Zhang teaches engineering management modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is the course leader for Railway Engineering, a course that was dev … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

Two modules are based around work-based learning or industry-based application. Through these, you'll gather, select and analyse information, utilising it in your theoretical and campus-based studies.

Live projects

Project work is focused on practical railway infrastructure scenarios.

Future careers

The new qualifications and skills you develop on the course help enhance your employability within the rail industry. After successfully completing it you may be able to progress to our FdEng Railway Engineering and ultimately BEng Railway Engineering, or other relevant Engineering courses.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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Entry requirements

All students


• 80 UCAS tariff points from a relevant BTEC National Award or equivalent

• employment in an approved sponsoring company

If English is not your first language you also need an IELTS score of at least 6.0.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Legislative And Business Studies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Rail Engineering Mathematics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Rail Specific Engineering Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Rail Engineering Principles Credits: 20
Module: Rail Industrial Project Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting part-time study in 2019/20 is £4,625 per year (based on studying 60 credits per year).

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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