The HNC in Mechanical Engineering provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the mechanical engineering sector and also offers particular specialist emphasis through the choice of specialist units.
There are 8 units to complete over 2 years on a day release basis:
● Engineering Design – core mandatory (15 credits)
● Engineering Maths – core mandatory (15 credits)
● Engineering Science – core mandatory (15 credits)
● Managing a Professional Engineering Project - Pearson Set (30 credits)
● Mechanical Principles (15 credits)
● Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines (15 credits)
● Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (15 credits)
● Electro, Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems (15 credits)
The BTEC course has been designed to:
● provide a nationally recognised qualification offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment and opportunities to progress into higher education. The qualification is primarily undertaken by part-time learners studying over 2 years.
● give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.
● encourage learners to progress to a higher qualification or related area of study.
Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are designated Higher Education qualifications in the UK. They are aligned to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Subject Sector Benchmarks. These qualifications are part of the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
Qualifications in engineering within the UK are referenced against the Engineering Council, UK specifications, which set standards at Levels 3, 6 and 8.
The Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Engineering are set at Level 4 and 5 and have been written with reference to the Engineering Council specification for Level 3 and 6.
Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals are supported by a specially designed range of digital resources, to ensure that tutors and students have the best possible experience during their course. These are available from the HN Global website http://www.highernationals.com/
2 Years – Day release
The qualification is primarily undertaken by part-time learners studying over 2 years. You will study four units in year 1 and four units in year 2. Class contact hours are based on approximately seven hours on your day of study at the centre but you will be required to undertake a substantial amount of self-study to supplement the class based activities
Classes will be in the new Advanced Technology Centre, which opened in 2017. Students will use industry standard new equipment and software to complement the units you will study.
Assessments are assignment based in all units and you will also undertake a project in year 2
Each unit studied will be delivered via a combination of lectures and workshop/laboratory activities.
The course is regulated by the Office for Students (OfS).
Anyone applying for this course is required to have at least one of the following qualifications:
● BTEC National Certificate in Engineering
● BTEC National Diploma in Engineering
● BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering
● BTEC Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Engineering
● C&G Level 3 Diploma in engineering that must include Unit 331 – Advanced Mathematics and Science
● C&G Level 3 Diploma in engineering that is supplemented with BTEC Level 3 Diploma units in Mathematics and Mechanical Principles.
Applications via UCAS, use code: 003H
Upon completion of the HNC, applicants may wish to progress onto the Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering – after which you will be able to apply for roles such as: Design Engineer, Production Engineer, Project Engineer, Sales Engineer, Estimator, CAD/CAM Engineer, and CNC Programmer.