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Mechanical Engineering HND (top-up from HNC) (Part time)

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Mechanical Engineering HND (top-up from HNC) (Part time)

This course is designed for people who are already working in a technical role within the engineering sector and are looking to top-up their HNC in Mechanical Engineering to HND.

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Course information

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Entry requirements
  • HNC or other Level 4 qualification in a Mechanical Engineering

You will be required to undertake an interview with the course manager where along with a general discussion about your engineering experience and prior qualifications you may be asked to demonstrate a sound understanding of mathematics and engineering principles.

What qualification will I gain?

Mechanical Engineering HND.

How will I be assessed?

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

Course content

You will study:

The following are our standard units delivered for HND in Mechanical Engineering.

  • Engineering Mathematics 2 (1st year of HND)
  • Managing People (1st year of HND)
  • Project (2nd year of HND)
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Dynamics (2nd year of HND)
  • Heat transfer and combustion (2nd year of HND)
  • CAD for Technicians and Engineers (2nd year of HND)

Next steps

On successful completion of the HND you may have the option to further top-up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree at university.

Additional information

The awarding body for this qualification is the University of Northampton. Dependent upon your route into HND you may begin study during your second year of HNC and complete the HND in a further third year (3 years total for HNC and HND).

Alternatively, you may begin your HND in the years following your HNC completion in which case your first year will comprise of 2 units (half-day study at Bedford College) followed in the second year with a full day’s study of 4 units.

Additional study and reading will be required and expected outside of College hours. Bridging units may be necessary to ensure transition to the HND is possible if your HNC is from another awarding body.

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Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 23/01/2025
Type: HE
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Thursday
Time(s): 8:30am - 6:00pm
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Fees: £2,000.00 Fee notes: HND Only £6 000 total, Year 1: £2 000, Year 2: £4 000.

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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.

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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.


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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.