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Level 4 HNC in Mechanical Engineering

Higher Education

Course Overview

This is a professional qualification for those already employed in the Engineering industry and wish to enhance career prospects. It is a two-year part time day release course, combining work and study. 

Learners will gain knowledge and experience in analysing and working with mechanical principles applicable to current technologies and to develop knowledge, you will undertake a range of hands on projects, mixed with academic theory. During your course we will also support development in key skills: maths, problem solving, decision making, IT and communication.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to progress onto an HND or further related study at a higher level.

Mature students are welcome.

* NB Course fee is per year

Course Content

Subjects covered include:

Year one: Analytical methods for engineers, Application of machine tools, Health and Safety and Risk Assessments, Mechanical principles.

Year two: Computer aided machining, Engineering science, Material Engineering, Project design, implementation and evaluation.

  • The engineering project/design units give you an opportunity to design and implement a solution to an engineering problem that is relevant to your company.

  • Please note that units may change due to staff and resources.

  • The college offers a wide range of resources and facilities including e-learning tools, suitable equipped place to work, IT facilities and other learning resources that will be appropriate for the nature of the work you will be required to undertake. Further details can be found in the course handbook, which will be given to you within the first few weeks of the course.

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.

The qualification is recognised by the professional bodies towards registration as a professional engineer. The college is recognised with the IET and IMECH and will be able to help with an application for these professional bodies.

Course is now full

Course Outline

Course Code: ERBH201
Study Mode: Higher Education
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 17/09/2020
Day & Time: Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Duration: 2 Years
Tuition Fees: TBC (previously £2975.00)
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