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Mechanical Engineering HNC

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About this course

The Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering is designed to develop the student’s knowledge, understanding and skills required for successful employment or progression to an undergraduate degree. Learners receive initial guidance on how to identify, locate and use material available in the Library and Resource Based Learning centre. Reading lists are provided to students during the introduction of each module of the course.
The qualification has been designed to meet the major functions in Mechanical Engineering. The course is designed to meet the following aims:

• To contribute to widening participation in education within the region.
• To provide a foundation in higher education for a range of careers in the appropriate field.
• To develop confidence and self-esteem among mature learners.
• To enable learners to make a contribution in employment.
• To provide flexible and challenging curricula as a basis for future studies and career development.
• To provide an educational experience to enable learners to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the subjects.
• To develop learners' abilities by utilising the knowledge and applying the skills they have acquired in the programme.
• To meet the demand of learners for progression from further to higher education.
• To use student and employer feedback to influence continuous improvement of all programmes.
• To provide a nationally recognised qualification relevant to the learner's career aspirations.
• To develop and enhance lifelong learning skills.

Classes are a combination of formal lectures, discussion, group work, tutorials and practical workshops.

Throughout the student is encouraged to undertake independent reading/research to supplement and consolidate what has been taught/learned and to broaden their understanding of the subject. Students will develop a knowledge and understanding in the following areas:
• Analytical Methods
• Engineering Science
• Engineering Project
• Materials
• Mechanical Principles
• Business
• Advanced CAD

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What are the entry requirements?

One of the following:
• BTEC National Diploma in Engineering (grade MMP or better)**
• BTEC National Certificate in Engineering (Grade MM or better)**
• GCE ‘A’ level in Maths plus AS level in Physics
• C&G236 part ‘C’
• ACCESS to HE in Engineering

** These should include the following: Mechanical Principles and Further Maths for Technicians

Entry can be achieved with the following:
• BTEC Nationals in Engineering at Pass grades
• BTEC Nationals in Science
• ACCESS to HE Science
Subject to interview and academic reference. Additional Maths & Science bridging module may need to be completed in addition.

Course assessment

Testing the student’s knowledge together with the application of that knowledge is through a combination of assessment methods, including essays and reports, presentations, tutorial exercises and group work.

Some practical is included as specified in some units and help the student develop kinaesthetic skills. Students are encouraged to develop a range of transferable skills including:
• Self-Management and development
• Manage group dynamics and team work
• Communicate and present to different audiences
• Manage tasks and solve problems
• Numeracy and literacy skills
• Apply Design and Creativity

The variety of assessment methods used are designed to place emphasis on the student’s ability to demonstrate the following cognitive skills: Reason critically Identify and solve problems Analyse and interpret Application of theoretical concepts The student is required to demonstrate these skills a number of times throughout the programme either individually or collectively. Students need to be aware that the development of these skills will be beneficial in terms of achieving Merit and Distinction grades in all modules studied.

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What's next?

The progression routes available are either:
• BTEC Level 5 (HND) Higher National in Mechanical Engineering
• 2nd year entry into a Degree in Engineering
• Employment in an Engineering management /supervisory role
• Design Engineer Project Manager

Where Can I Learn More?

For more information on gaining this qualification at Dudley College of Technology please contact the learner services team at or phone 01384 363 363.

Please Note

All courses are run subject to numbers, although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information shown above, Dudley College reserves the right to amend the content/arrangements therein as deemed necessary.

All fees quoted are normally per year, are the “standard” prices only and may be subject to change without notice. This applies to those who have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course, for a purpose other than full-time education.

Exceptions to the ”standard” prices may apply - see below for details and how to find out more:

  • Students under 16 years of age - contact the 14-16 Centre Manager on 01384 363 208.
  • Students aged 16-18 are not usually required to pay course fees on full or part-time courses. Contact the admissions team on 01384 363 333 for further details.
  • Non-standard UK/EU/EEA residents and international students - contact the international office on 01384 363 356 or email:


Initial Assessment

Please note that you may be asked to complete an initial assessment for any course that Dudley College offers.

* Statistics from undergraduate induction survey 2013-14.