Mechanical Engineering - HNC/HND/BSc

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Mechanical Engineering - HNC/HND/BSc
Code H301
Qualification Type HNC/HND/Higher Education Awards
Qualification Level Level 5
Course type Full Time


The programme evaluates the underpinning areas of engineering, design, processes, systems and technology, including various branches of science and mathematics. It is designed to provide students who are seeking to further their career in a range of manufacturing, processing and service industries. The Higher National Certificate (HNC) provides students who have completed a BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma (or equivalent) in an Engineering discipline with a thorough understanding of eight further engineering subjects.

Progression is to the Higher National Diploma in General Engineering and the BSc in Engineering at the University Centre - more information here

Applications for the HNC in the first instance can be made on the UCAS website


HNC modules include the following

Unit 1: Engineering Design Unit 2: Engineering Maths Unit 3: Engineering Science Unit 4: Managing a Professional Engineering Project Unit 5: Renewable Energy Unit 8: Mechanical Principles Unit 11: Fluid Mechanics Unit 13: Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat engines 

HND modules as follows 

Unit 34: Research Project (Double unit) Unit 35: Professional Engineering Management Unit 36: Advanced Mechanical Principles Unit 39: Further Mathematics Unit 49: Lean Manufacturing Unit 62: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning  Unit 64: Thermofluids

BSc - Engineering course content details can be found here

How will it be delivered?

Methods of learning and teaching are designed to support students in becoming active members of a learning community. Students will be expected to work together in an informal environment as well as in formal classes where a culture of dignity, courtesy and mutual respect with staff and their peers is essential. A variety of methods will be used such as lectures, workshops, student led seminars and practical sessions. There may be opportunities to integrate a work-based or placement opportunity. Students will be visited in the workplace by a member of Institute staff to ensure a positive partnership between the employer / mentor and to monitor that learning in the workplace is effective. Workplace learning is designed to support the development of an employable graduate equipped with the attributes, skills and knowledge to progress within a global market.

Assessment methods include a combination of written and practical assessments which must be submitted by set deadlines.

Entry requirements

Students will normally hold a BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma (or equivalent) in a relevant Engineering discipline

Your next steps...

Further study in engineering or employment in industry as an Engineer are the options available to students once the programme is successfully completed.

Upon successful completion of this qualification graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career, or advance an existing one in the Engineering sector. Engineering careers can begin with work opportunities with small to medium enterprise organisations (those with less than 250 employees) or with national and multi-national organisations. Many also go onto self-employment which is usually not possible until a graduate has several years’ experience. Other graduates will go on to work for large organisations which may comprise roles in engineering management; engineering maintenance and servicing, project management, design engineering, planning or working on large infrastructure projects linked to the engineering and construction industries.