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It pays to train for a career in engineering: there are over 55,000 unfulfilled engineering jobs per year in the UK. This means salaries for well qualified and experienced engineers can be very high. Did you know that the majority of engineering careers start at a salary of £20,000 and can go up to a salary of £100,000?

Engineering is challenging and exciting. Engineers use models provided by science combined with innovative thinking to solve problems and create new designs for the benefit of everyday life. For example, it involves engineering to:

  • Protect the world's natural resources and enable them to be used more efficiently
  • Design and build safer, faster, quieter, more fuel-efficient vehicles
  • Create smaller smartphones that are easier to use

"Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been " - Albert Einstein

What makes Engineering at HRC special?

1. We have well equipped workshops and specialist classrooms in which you can develop your talent

2. Our programmes will enable you to plan, design and monitor projects independently

3. Our Engineering programmes build the skills you need to have in the workplace

4. Hertfordshire has a large volume of engineering employers, meaning opportunities for work placements are never too far away

5. Industry trained and experienced lecturers will nurture your ambition and share their expertise with you

What do our students say?

"The programme gives you a range of practical skills; problem solving and communication with peers and staff."

"Really give it a good look. It's a great way to explore an industry, expand your skills and see where you want to take yourself in life."

Career Destinations

We're proud that our students go onto careers including:

  • CAD Technician
  • Contracting Civil Engineer
  • Control and Instrumentation Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer

What can I do next?

After you have successfully completed this programme, you can choose to:

  • Undertake Engineering Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma Yr1 (90 Credit Diploma)
  • Apply for an Apprenticeship in Engineering
  • Enter into employment in this industry

What will I be doing?

We will help you learn a wide range of skills that will support you to work in the Engineering industry, including how to understand the core principles of Engineering, mechanical applications and building your maths skills.  This is in addition to learning the industry 'lingo' with units focused on communication, and a work-related project that will give you a taste of what a career in the industry is like.

Added Extras

There are lots of perks to this course:

  • You will get the chance to experience the industry first hand through a work placement with a local employer
  • You can work with students from other departments on independent projects and activities
  • You can enjoy relevant trips, visits and meet guest speakers and employers

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through practical assignments including a work-related project.  You will also be set assignments to cover theory units.

Entry requirements

To apply for this programme you will need:

  • A minimum of GSCE Grade 3/D or Entry 1 Functional Skills in both English and maths) and be able to demonstrate literacy skills at GCSE level.
  • To demonstrate your interest in Engineering through interview

We also welcome applications from students with relevant experience or qualifications.

If you would like help understanding our entry requirements, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411.

What do I need to bring?

You must provide your own boots and overalls, if you are unsure where these can be bought from, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You may be asked to buy a recommended text book during your course; details of this will be provided by your assigned tutor.

If you think you would benefit from financial support we have bursary options available for those who meet the criteria.  Please note, this funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application.

If you would like financial support, contact our Information Team on 01992 411411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee Information

Free to those under 19 on 31st August 2021.

If you are 19 or over on 31st August 2021, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are a fee paying new entrant you will pay approx. £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £5500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2020/21 and could be subject to change for 2021/22).

Fee paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £3500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2020/21 and could be subject to change for 2021/22).

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These fees are indicative of the 2021-22 costs and may be subject to change

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