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Higher International Certificate

Credits: 120 | Level 4

The Higher International Certificate is accredited at Level 4 of the UK Higher Education Framework. This qualification has a total of 120 credits and is benchmarked to other UK qualifications such as a HNC or the first year of a UK university engineering degree.

The Higher International Certificate has been designed to be a more practical solution than studying at a traditional college or university.

This accredited online qualification is aimed at learners that are either already in work, and are looking to make a career change into the engineering sector, or are already working as an engineer or technician and are looking to improve their prospects for working at a more senior level within the engineering industry.

The Higher International Certificate is a higher education qualification at level 4 and allows you to gain valuable knowledge and skills for the engineering workplace. By choosing the Higher International Certificate qualification to achieve your higher education qualification you will benefit from developing employability skills to prepare you for a new career, or to help you to progress in your current work.


A wide ranging collection of 120 credit Higher International Certificates in Engineering are available from iLearn Engineering® in all the major engineering disciplines such as Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic, Manufacturing, Aerospace, Civil, Computer or as a non-specific General Engineering qualification.

Qualification Comparisons:

The images below show various qualifications at different levels with the Higher International Certificate at Level 4 alongside other similar qualifications such as a HNC or a Certificate of Higher Education.

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How will a Higher International Certificate Develop My Understanding of Engineering?

Higher International Certificates will develop a student’s knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles of engineering as well as their ability to evaluate and interpret these concepts within the context of applied engineering.

Students will also develop an ability to present, evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative data, in order to develop lines of argument and make sound technical judgements.

Typically, holders of the Higher International Certificate qualification will be able to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems related to engineering and
communicate the results of their work accurately in a way that technical and non-technical audiences will comprehend.


Holders of a Higher International Certificate will have developed the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment within the engineering industry.

Whether you are a career-changer or are looking to work your way up the corporate ladder, a Higher International Certificate qualification demonstrates your technical knowledge at a Higher Education level.


The Higher International Certificate can be a first step towards obtaining higher level qualifications such as the Higher International Diploma.


Learners typically take 6-12 months to complete a Higher International Certificate course, although you are in control over how long it takes.


Courses are 100% online distance learning delivered via bite-sized learning plans including short videos, worked examples, e-workbooks and practice questions.

Courses develop your theoretical knowledge to supplement the practical and real-world experience you already have.


Assessment is via written assignments.
There are no exams, no timetables and no deadlines to adhere to. You learn at your own pace in your own time.


Full tutor support is available via email, message, voice and video-call.
iLearn Engineering® Faculty staff consist of a blend of academic lecturers, practising professional engineers and scientists.

Entry Requirements:

Online courses in engineering to study for the Higher International Certificate are ‘open’, meaning that anyone can enrol. We teach you all of the fundamental engineering mathematics and science you need to succeed with the specialist aspects of the qualification.


Courses are available internationally and are accredited by a UK Awarding Body.