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Mechanical Engineering HNC (part-time)

  • L4
  • HE

This course is for you if you are already working in a technical role within the engineering industry and are looking to obtain a vocational qualification at a higher level to support your position or to progress within your organisation. If you are a trainee or an apprentice and have already completed your Level 3 in an appropriate engineering discipline then this qualification will equip you with the knowledge and understanding you need to develop your career in mechanical and manufacturing engineering at a higher level.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 2 full A-Levels at grade A*-C in Mathematics and Physics, OR
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma (120 credits) in Mechanical Engineering (at Merit or above), including Further Maths, OR
  • An equivalent Level 3 qualification (120 credits) in a related Engineering discipline (at Merit or above), including Further Maths.

If you do not meet fully meet the above criteria it may be possible to gain entry to the course subject to a successful interview where you will be considered individually on your relevant engineering / industrial experience and engineering knowledge rather than just your qualifications. At interview you will need to demonstrate a sound understanding of mathematics and mechanical engineering principles.

Course content

Typical range of units (subject to annual review):

  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Electro-Mechanical Fundamental Science
  • Pneumatic and Hydraulic Applications
  • Engineering Materials
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Manufacturing Processes

Assessment methods

Assessment is on a continuing basis and will include a range of assessment methods, such as: time-constrained tests, assignments, practical lab-work, research, presentations etc..

Additional information

During the course, you will be required to attend college for one day a week, for a period of two years. Additional study and reading will be required and expected outside of College.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Course Information & How to Apply

Visit – type: 'HNC Engineering' into the keywords and it will bring up the programme. Once clicked, it will bring up a list of session codes please select the relevant course and apply: CHNCMEENG HNC Mechanical Engineering, CHNCELENG HNC Electrical & Electronic Engineering, CHNCGEENG HNC General Engineering. It is recommended that you browse the website via Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, as opposed to Internet Explorer.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 27/09/2021 1 day a week 8.30 am - 5.45 pm £982.50 per 20 credit unit (based on 6 units) Cauldwell Street BBD1684

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Additional formats
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