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Mechanical Engineering BTEC HNC (part-time)

  • L4
  • HE

This course is for you if you are already working in a technical role within the engineering industry and are looking to obtain a vocational qualification at a higher level to support your position or to progress within your organisation. If you are a trainee or an apprentice and have already completed your Level 3 in an appropriate engineering discipline then this nationally recognised qualification will equip you with the knowledge and understanding you need to develop your career in mechanical and manufacturing engineering at a higher level.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 2 A-Levels at grade A*-C in Mathematics and Physics, OR
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma (120 credits) in Mechanical Engineering (at Merit or above), including Further Maths, OR
  • An equivalent Level 3 qualification (120 credits) in a related engineering discipline (at Merit or above), including Further Maths.

If you do not meet fully the above criteria it may be possible to gain entry to the course subject to a successful interview where you will be considered individually on your relevant engineering / industrial experience and engineering knowledge rather than just your qualifications. At interview you will need to demonstrate a sound understanding of mathematics and mechanical engineering principles.

Course content

Typical range of units (subject to annual review):

  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems
  • Materials, Properties and Testing
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project (Pearson set)
  • Engineering Design
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines

Assessment methods

Assessment is on a continuing basis and will include a range of assessment methods, such as: time-constrained tests, assignments, practical lab-work, research, presentations etc..

Additional information

During the course, you will be required to attend college for one day a week, for a period of two years. Additional study and reading will be required and expected outside of College.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for our HE courses starting in September / October 2020 will open later this month.

Course Information & How to Apply

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please contact our Student Recruitment Team on 01234 291000 for alternatives.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fee per unitLocationCourse Code
2 years 18/09/2019 Wed 9.00 am - 6.30 pm £750 per unit (equivalent to £3,000 per year if doing 4 units in each year) Cauldwell Street D342


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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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