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Level 4 HNC in Mechanical Engineering

Higher Education

Course Overview

This HNC is a university-level qualification (Level 4) delivered in partnership with the University of Portsmouth at BCoT, it is designed for people currently employed within the sector wishing to progress and to enhance their career prospects.

An HNC provides the opportunity to upgrade knowledge and skills, combining work and study and maybe a more cost-effective alternative to university study. This course is equivalent second year of a full time university-level programme and is a part-time day/evening release course each week.

You will gain knowledge and experience by analysing and working principles applicable to current technologies. You will develop knowledge and undertake a range of hands-on projects, mixed with academic theory. During the course we will support development of key skills, including maths, problem-solving, decision making, IT and communication.

This course is on a part-time basis, one day a week over two years, and will be delivered on a Tuesday and is open to Apprentices and Mature students.

Hours; -

Tuesday and will go into the evening; -

14:00 – 15:30

15:45 – 17:15

Break for tea.

17:45 – 19:15

19:30 – 21:00

The lessons will be delivered via a blended learning approach (Distance learning and face to face delivery) this will be agreed with your Lecturer during your first lessons. 

* NB Course fee is per year

Course Content

Mandatory Units.

Analytical Methods for Engineers Y1       

Engineering Science Y1

Mechanical Principles     Y1           

Project D, I & E. Y2           

Optional Units (only 4 can be chosen); -

Health and Safety and risk Assessment in Engineering     

Computer-Aided Machining        

Materials Engineering    

Application of Machine Tools      

Engineering Thermodynamics

Employability Skills

Personal and Professional Development

Your units will be agreed with your Lecturer during your first lesson and these will be assessed by a variety of methods that include Assignments, reports and research projects which need to come from your workplace.

Entry Requirement

You must have at least;-

A* to C grade and/or 9 to 4 in GCSE Maths (or equivalent) is strongly recommended.

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering. It is recommended that you hold this qualification at a Merit grade due to the complex level of Maths that is involved.
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent)
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience
  • An international equivalent of the above.

You must also have qualifications for English and Maths at Level 2. You will be required to provide a copy of your certificates or proof that you have completed the required courses at your interview.

You will be required to attend an interview with a member of the faculty staff and to complete a maths assessment before being accepted onto the course which will be discussed during the interview.

All applicants must attempt the entry test, the links below will help you with this - you are expected to be at a certain level of maths before starting the course as you will be studying it at degree-level.





You will be assessed by producing evidence that meets the outcomes of each unit usually through the form of Assessments.

The assessment is continuous. It includes projects and presentations together with any work-related projects that may meet the requirements. It is likely that the evidence provided will include and involve real work based projects from your employer. Class work will include group work, discussions and formative assessments.

Where does this course lead to

The successful completion of this course provides you with the progression to further higher education programmes such as an HND or a degree.


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Course Outline

Course Code: ERBH201
Study Mode: Higher Education
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 15/09/2021
Day & Time: Wednesday 13:00 - 20:00
Duration: 2 Years
Tuition Fees: TBC (previously £3025.00)
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