HNC Mechanical Engineering for England – Part Time


The Level 4 units lay the foundation of learning by providing a broad introduction to the engineering sector as well as a focused introduction to mechanical engineering.

This develops and strengthens core skills while preparing students for more specialist subjects at Level 5 or to enter employment with the qualities necessary for job roles that require some personal responsibility.

Students will gain a wide range of scientific and engineering knowledge linked to practical skills obtained through research, independent study, directed study and workplace scenarios. Students are involved in vocational activities that help them to develop behaviours (the attitudes and approaches required for a competence) and transferable skills. Transferable skills are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are highly valued in higher education and in the workplace.

Course Content - What will I learn?

By the end of Level 4 study, students will have sound knowledge of the basic concepts of mechanical engineering. They will be competent in a range of subject-specific skills as well as in general skills and qualities relevant to these key areas of engineering.

Unit 4001 Engineering Design
Unit 4002 Engineering Maths
Unit 4004 Managing a Professional Engineering Project
Unit 4008 Mechanical Principles
Unit 4011 Fluid Mechanics
Unit 4013 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines
Unit 4014 Production Engineering for Manufacture
Unit 4017 Quality and Process Improvements

Am I right for the course?

The course is beneficial if you are looking to further your career within the industry, update your knowledge and develop your academic and professional skills.

To be considered for admission into the program, applicants should meet the following criteria:

1. Educational Qualifications:
– Possess a Level 3 qualification in a subject related to the industry.
– Alternatively, have completed two A levels in science or technology subjects.
2. GCSE Passes:
– Possess GCSE passes in English and Maths, specifically on the Higher paper.
3. Employment Requirement:
– Normally, applicants should be engaged in appropriate employment at the time of application.
– Alternatively, applicants should have been employed in a relevant role within the last two years.
4. Mature applicants without formal qualifications, but with evidence of sufficient, relevant industrial experience will be considered. You will also be required to attend an interview with the Course Leader.

Please note that meeting these entry criteria will be essential for consideration into the programme

Candidates are assessed by a variety of methods, including case studies, assignments, presentations and work-based projects.

You will be provided with details of the assignment requirements for each Unit. Students will be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development, gaining formative feedback on progress towards Unit outcomes, and developing knowledge and competence in the discipline.

Summative assessment is mainly through coursework. Students will evidence their progress through written academic essays and reports, or practical activities, which will vary according to each individual Unit assessment requirements.

Each Unit will carry more than one assessment task in order to meet the learning outcomes and criteria for the Unit as a whole.

There are no summative written exams for this course, however in some Units, your knowledge may be formatively assessed through in class tests.

Fees: £2,800.00 per year

This course is studied part-time in 2 years, 1 day a week.

Your tutors will include highly skilled and motivated engineers in both the mechanical and electrical/electronic fields. They have experience in industry sectors such as aerospace, manufacturing, oil and gas.

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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