HNC Petroleum Engineering candidate information

HNC Petroleum Engineering

The HNC Petroleum Engineering has been designed to provide you with a broad-based, multi-disciplinary, petroleum exploration, production and environmental qualification which will allow you to progress to higher education and to advance your career.

You will develop a variety of knowledge and skills including:

You will also be able to develop your planning, analysis and evaluation skills.

Employment and progression opportunities

With the HNC, you may be able to gain employment as a trainee production engineer assistant or a trainee process engineer operator in the production area.

It may be possible to progress to degree courses in: Geoservices, Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Chemical Engineering: Oil and Gas. You should liaise directly with your centre or the HE establishment about this.


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

If you do not have formal entry qualifications, you may be considered for entry if you have relevant work experience in petroleum engineering or its related industries. Work experience used as evidence for entry should be current, and you may be asked to provide evidence.