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Manufacturing Engineering – HND Diploma

The course is for students who wish to obtain a qualification in Manufacturing Engineering. Thus a higher education course is ideal for those wishing to gain a higher qualification or those wishing to go on to university to complete a degree. This course is ideal for students in the Engineering industry who wish to gain a higher education qualification, this course for students who have completed a HNC in manufacturing engineering and want to convert to the HND.  Any student that has not completed a HNC will have to enrol on that course first before enrolling on these courses.

Entry Requirements

A HND consists of 16 units of study, where 8 or more have been completed in the HNC.
To enrol on the programme, please choose the appropriate option and use both course codes on your application form.

Course Content

Typical units of study offered are:

– Tuesday (1.00pm-9.00pm)
Advanced CAD
Project management
Further analytical methods
Managing teams and individuals
Personal professional development
Health and safety management
Quality assurance and management

– Wednesday (5.30pm-8.30pm)
Design for manufacture
Business improvement techniques

– Monday (5.30-7.00pm)
Computer Aided Machining

We will consider the units the student has previously completed and offer a personalized study programme to complete the HND qualification.

How will I be taught?

This course consists of taught lessons, practical experiments and access to relevant equipment.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment procedure for each unit involves in-course tests, end-of-unit tests and the carrying out of a programme of assignments. All assessment procedures are subject to scrutiny by an external Examiner appointed by the Awarding Body.

The student must satisfy the internal and external Examiner that he/she has reached a Pass grade, as a minimum, at all stages of the assessment programme. The final unit grade for each student will be an accumulation of grades obtained at all stages of the assessment programme. Assignments are graded at Pass, Merit, or Distinction, with students ideally aiming for Merit or Distinction.

Will I need any extra equipment?

A scientific calculator and flash memory drive would be advised.

What qualifications will I get?

Successful candidates will gain an Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

Satisfactory completion of the course can lead on to a Foundation Degree or a University Degree in any one of a number of engineering disciplines.

A key progression path for Edexcel BTEC HNC and HND learners is to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of the Edexcel BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question.

Course Information

Intended learning outcomes and aims of the programme

Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to provide a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards where appropriate.

They offer a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding.

The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and their national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment.

The BTEC Higher Nationals in Manufacturing Engineering have been developed to focus on:

  • the education and training of Manufacturing engineers/technicians who are employed at a professional level in a variety of types of technical work, such as in: design, manufacture, maintenance and technical services areas of the engineering industry
  • providing opportunities for Manufacturing engineers/technicians to achieve a nationally recognised Level 4 or Level 5 vocationally specific qualification
  • providing opportunities for learners to focus on the development of the higher level skills in a technological and management context providing opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

This qualification meets the needs of the above rationale by:

  • developing a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and thereby enable learners to make an immediate contribution to employment at the appropriate professional level preparing individuals for a range of technical and management careers in Manufacturing engineering
  • equipping individuals with knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in the Manufacturing engineering-based industry
  • providing specialist studies relevant to individual vocations and professions in which learners are working or intend to seek employment in Manufacturing engineering and its related industries
  • enabling progression to or count towards an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in Manufacturing engineering or related area.
Further Information

This course information is accurate at the time of printing but is subject to change. If you would like further advice or guidance please contact Keith Ayling, Course Manager on 023 9279 7979 ex 542. Further advice can be given on HNC and HND courses and interview arranged to discuss your requirements in detail.


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HNC/HND/Foundation Degree

If you would like to apply for a Higher Education course, you will be required to pay the advertised fees in full. To help pay for these fees you may be entitled to a government approved Student Loan. You would need to apply to Student Finance England directly to receive this.

Whether you qualify for student finance depends on:

  • Your course of study (if you’ve studied a higher education course before)
  • Your age
  • Your nationality or residency status.

Generally, you’ll only get student finance if you’re doing your first higher education qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded. To receive Tuition Fee Loans or grants, you will have to be under the age of 60 years at the start of the course.

The course must be one of the following to be eligible for the loan:

  • a Foundation Degree (FdA)
  • a Certificate of Higher Education (Cert Ed)
  • a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • a Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • a Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
  • Initial Teacher Training

Most full-time and part-time students can apply online to Student Finance England as follows:

  1. Set up a student finance account online.
  2. Log in and complete the online application.
  3. Include details of your household income and ask your parents (or partner) to support your application, if needed.
  4. Send in proof of identity, if required.
  5. Sign and return the loan declaration, which you should receive within six weeks.

For more information on courses or the Student Loan please contact our Admissions Team on 023 9279 4662 or 023 9279 7910.


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