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Mechanical Engineering HNC (Part time)

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Mechanical Engineering HNC (Part time)

The Engineering Higher National Certificate (HNC) programme will enable you to enhance your understanding of engineering and help your career advancement.

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 qualification will equip you with the knowledge and understanding you need to develop your career in mechanical and manufacturing engineering at a higher level.

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Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 2 full 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.

In addition to one of the above it is expected that you have GCSE (A*-C or 9-4) or Level 2 equivalent qualifications at a pass level in English Language, Mathematics and can demonstrate competence in ICT.

If you do not fully meet the above criteria it may be possible to gain entry to the course by firstly undertaking bridging units in Level 3 Maths/Further Maths and Mechanical Principles which can be discussed. At interview you may be asked to demonstrate a sound understanding of mathematics and engineering principles.

What qualification will I gain?

Mechanical Engineering HNC.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is on a continuing basis and will include a range of assessment methods, such as: time-constrained tests (open and or closed-book), assignments, practical lab-works, research, presentations (individual and group) etc.

Course content

What will I study?

Typical range of units (subject to annual review):

  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Electro-Mechanical Fundamental Science
  • Pneumatic and Hydraulic Applications
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Manufacturing Processes

Next steps

Course progression:

After successful completion of the HNC, you can apply to progress on to the HND.

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.

Any questions?

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Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 18/09/2024
Type: HE
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Wednesday
Time(s): 8:30am - 6:00pm
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Fees: £4,000.00 Fee notes: HNC Only £6 000 total, Year 1: £4 000, Year 2: £2 000. HNC & HND combined £12 000 total, £4 000 per year over 3 years

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

You could be eligible to take out a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees. Click on the link below to find out more about the financial support available for our Higher Education courses.

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If you decide to pay for your course yourself, we also offer an affordable Direct Debit instalments option to help spread the cost of tuition fees (terms apply).

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.