HNC in Mechanical Engineering
Level 4 

Course Overview

This course is designed for those who wish to, or are already working as Senior Technicians. It will provide you with knowledge that you can use in work situations and the College has industry standard equipment to make sure that you can perfect the techniques you need.

Unit Title Credits Level Group
1 Engineering Design 15 4 M
2 Engineering Maths 15 4 M
3 Engineering Science 15 4 M
4 Managing a Professional Engineering Project 15 4 M
8 Mechanical Principles 15 4 S
13 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines 15 4 S
9 Materials Properties and Testing 15 4 O
23 Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) 15 4 O

Generally, students should be at least 18 and have either:

  • A BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in a relevant subject grade MM
  • Merit grade in BTEC Further Maths and Principles module
  • At least one A level and a minimum of four GCSE’s (including Mathematics & Science) at grade C or above

Mature students with other qualifications or appropriate work experiences may be considered. Proof of Employment or Placement within the applied field of study is essential.

If you have not got your Level 3 maths qualification or had a break in learning and need some extra maths revision you could enrol onto our Level 3 Maths bridging unit starting in July.

Assignments and a work-based project.

Progression onto a Foundation Degree or direct access onto a number of undergraduate degree courses such as BEng or post graduate MEng. The College has very good relationships with local and national employers to make sure that your training gets you up-to-date with all the skills employers are looking for and opens up a wide variety of career paths.

Over the lockdown period we have endeavoured to provide remote blended learning wherever suitable.

When planning our delivery of 2020/21 Higher Education programmes we have, and will continue to take government advice and work within their guidelines. At present these guidelines are trending towards a relaxing of restrictions, however we are aware that any change in circumstances will impact our planning and we will react accordingly.

Ultimately it is our wish to provide as much face to face contact as is possible, but with safety as a priority. To achieve this it may be a requirement to limit class sizes to facilitate social distancing limit the size of a learner ‘bubble’. Another strategy would be stagger start and finish times or use a ‘base room’ strategy to minimise movement of learners.

Where workshop provision is required we will require all PPE to be supplied by the learner except where it is practical for us to disinfect suitably.

Where these measures are not possible, some theoretical lectures will be delivered online using conference technology such as Microsoft Teams. This form of remote learning should also include mentored support using the ‘chat’ facility in addition to the sharing of learning materials and scheduled sessions.

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