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Mechanical Engineering 2 Units (Optional) – HND Diploma

The course is best suited to students who want to know how things are made. The course is for students who wish to obtain unitised qualifications in Engineering. Consequently, all students on this course will be expected to enter for the assessment

Entry Requirements

Ideally entrants will have obtained some GCSE’s at Grade D or above, in Maths, English and Science.  However for mature students enrolment will be by interview to agree approved prior learning or relevant experience.

Course Content

Specialist Unit

Unit 19: Electronic Circuit Construction and Testing

The intention of this unit is to give students the opportunity to develop their skills in the construction and testing of electronic circuits and will include basic testing skills for fault finding electronic circuits.

How will I be taught?

The course will be taught with a combination of formal lectures and student based assignment work.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be carried out by in-course assignments.

All assessment is externally moderated.

Will I need any extra equipment?


What qualifications will I get?


What will it allow me to do in the future?

Successful completion of this unit, will count towards the gaining of the full BTEC 1st Diploma in Engineering and if combined with suitable Maths/Science qualifications will allow progression onto the BTEC National Certificate in Electrical/Electronic Engineering.

Course 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 Admissions on 02392 797910 or email admissions@southdowns.ac.uk.

Further Information

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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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