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Mechanical Engineering – HNC Diploma (Year 1 of 2)

The course is for students who wish to obtain a qualification in Mechanical 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 Mechanical/mechanical industry who wish to gain a higher education qualification. The HNC can be taken as a stand-alone qualification or can be taken before progressing to the HND course. This flowchart outlines the two possible study routes

Entry Requirements

Students should normally possess, for post 2010 qualifications a Level 3 Diploma or Level 3 Extended Diploma or higher in an Engineering discipline with a Merit/Merit profile or better. For pre 2010 qualifications a BTEC National Certificate in an Engineering discipline with Merits in Maths & Science, or relevant work experience.

Applications from students with other qualifications e.g. A levels or C&G, or mature students will be considered on merit and all such applicants will need an interview.

Course Content

The HNC consists of 8 units studied over 2 year’s part time-day release basis.
In Year 1 you will study 5 units:
– Analytical Methods for Engineers
– Engineering Science
– Mechanical Process
– Engineering Design
– Computer-aided Machining

In Year 2 you will study a further 3 units:
– Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
– Mechanical Principles
– Materials Engineering

This level of study requires additional hours allocated each week outside of college for research and writing reports.
This qualification has been designed by Edexcel (Pearson’s) and is in line with the QCF and relevant FHEQ benchmarks.

How will I be taught?

You will work closely with a highly qualified team from both academic and industry-based backgrounds. The course will be delivered in a variety of learning situations, lectures, one-to-one tuition, tutorials and workshops with a focus on independent learning.

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 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.
Students who start Year 2 of HNC Mechanical can also study for 2 units of the HND Mechanical course on the same day (course code T223/162USA). These 2 units can then be carried forward to the following year, where a remaining 6 units at HND level will be completed. If you intend to start the HND course you must enrol on the 2 unit course.

Will I need any extra equipment?


What qualifications will I get?

Successful candidates will gain a BTEC Level 4 in HNC Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

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

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.
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.
The BTEC Higher Nationals in Electrical and Electronic Engineering have been developed to focus on:
– the education and training of electrical/electronic engineers/technicians who are employed at a professional level in a variety of types of technical work, such as in: electrical, electronic or communication design, manufacture, maintenance and technical services areas of the engineering industry
– providing opportunities for electrical/electronic 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 electrical, electronic or communication engineering
– equipping individuals with knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in the electrical/electronic engineering-based industry
– providing specialist studies relevant to individual vocations and professions in which learners are working or intend to seek employment in electrical/electronic engineering and its related industries
– enabling progression to or count towards an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in electrical/electronic engineering or related area.

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 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.

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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