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HNC Railway Engineering

Study a course designed to help you enter the rail industry and advance your career.

Course length 1 Year
Location City Campus

Course description

This course enables school and college leavers to develop engineering knowledge and skills relevant to the rail industry. For those already employed in the rail industry we offer a part time HNC Railway Engineering and FdEng Railway Engineering.

During the course you develop your knowledge and understanding of railway engineering principles, theory and practice and their application in railway engineering technologies. It also provides you with the academic basis to support further study, for example by progression to our FdEng Railway Engineering and BEng Railway Engineering.

The course aims to produce high quality rail engineering specialists, with the academic knowledge and professional and personal skills for a successful career in rail or other engineering industries.

You study mathematics, engineering principles, legislative and business studies, rail specific engineering and take modules with rail industry applications.

Whilst being a stand alone qualification, the HNC also provides the underpinning studies required for direct entry to Level 5 of the FdEng Railway Engineering and BEng Railway Engineering, which have a number of pathways available.

The course delivers industry relevant curriculum content that not only covers the fundamentals of engineering, but also delivers railway specific material based on the present and new technologies.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements


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

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

Course structure

One year full-time

You typically study modules in one and two week blocks, normally Monday to Thursday.

Typical modules may include


• rail engineering mathematics • legislative and business studies • rail project applications • rail engineering principles • rail specific engineering

  • coursework assignments
  • laboratory reports
  • examinations


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.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

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How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

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