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Mechanical Engineering HNC Level 4

This is a specialist technical programme with a strong work related emphasis. The course is broadly based and covers essential topics in the field of mechanical engineering. The qualification is widely recognised in all branches of the industry and is an essential qualification for promotion in many organisations.


For students who intend to proceed to university, the HNC Diploma provides a very sound technical foundation and a valuable introduction to the type of study skills necessary for degree level courses.


Students have the option to study this course over 2 years by attending college one day a week, or they can complete it in one year if they attend college for 2 days a week. 


Please note this is a course for adults (19+). Click here for courses for 16-18 year olds.


  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code 23-PL4HC-MCE-1A / 10001

    Start Date September

    How long is the course? 2 years (34 weeks per annum)

    What time does the course start? 9AM

    What time does the course end? 4:30PM

    When does the course run? Tues & Wed

    How much does the course cost? All Fees £4,599

    Are concessions available? No

    Examining Body Pearsons

    Is an interview required? Yes

  • Who is the course for?

    The course is suitable for those employed in a technical or managerial capacity in any industry in which mechanical technology is applied.

  • Am I qualified to join the course?

    Formal entry requirements are:
    • BTEC National Diploma/Certificate - Level 3 in Mechanical Engineering
    • AS/A2 levels in Physics and Mathematics at grade D above (preferably C or higher in AS/A2 Mathematics). .

  • What will the course cover?

    The HNC Diploma is a two year course with attendance one full day per week. The course is made up of eight units. Three are mandatory core units which everyone takes and five are specialist units. The specialist units enable you to study particular areas in depth.

    Year 1

    - Engineering Maths

    - Engineering Science

    - Fluid Mechanics

    - Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems

    Year 2

    - Managing a Professional Engineering Project

    - Engineering Design (Core)

    - Mechanical Principles

  • What will I be able to do as a result of the course?

    On successful completion of the course:
    You will be able to:

    • interpret and analyse specifications for mechanical products.
    • undertake design and development activities at system and component levels.

    You will have:

    • an understanding of the mathematical and scientific concepts on which the practical material in the course is based.
    • an insight into the way in which a technology based organisation is managed.

    You should be able to use:

    • a variety of modern pieces of laboratory test equipment and simulation software.

    You will have experience of:

    • completing and presenting, as an individual, a substantial report.
  • How will I be taught?

    In your day at college you will experience formal teaching, discussions, laboratory practical work, computer simulation and activities arising from your project. You will have regular constructive feedback on assessment. You will also be expected to spend an additional several hours per week in research and preparation.

  • How is the course assessed?

    The assessment of BTEC Higher National qualifications will be at unit level and there will be an overall grade for the certificate. Each unit will be graded pass, merit or distinction. A pass is awarded for the achievement of all outcomes against the specified assessment criteria. Merit and distinction grades are awarded for higher-level achievement, which may be drawn from the higher-level skills. The BTEC Higher National qualification is assessed using a variety of techniques depending on the nature of the unit being studied. In general there is a mixture of 'in course' assignments (some time-constrained) reports, technical presentations, fieldwork and laboratory work. Through work produced on the project units, the learner will be able to incorporate new skills and other attributes gained from the programme.

  • Will I have a chance to get my own views across?

    You will have constant contact with your teacher throughout the length of the course and there will be an opportunity to evaluate your course at the end.

  • What can the course lead to?

    Completion of the course will enable you to progress in your career as:

    • system engineer or technician
    • design engineer or technician
    • development engineer or technician
    • test engineer or technician
    • servicing engineer or technician
    • sales or field engineer

    The qualification could also assist you in making successful application for supervisory posts. You could also continue with your studies on to a degree course.



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