HNC/HND Mechanical Engineering
QCF Level 4/5
The HNC/HND in Mechanical Engineering is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to support your career in Mechanical Engineering. These Higher Nationals are designed to focus on the education and training of mechanical engineers/technicians who are employed at a professional level in a variety of types of work. They will develop a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and prepare students for a range of technical and management careers in mechanical engineering.
The HNC is a one year full time level 4 programme and the HND is a two year full time programme at level 5. Candidates can then progress onto the final year of a degree programme” The syllabus information can go from this section as there is more detail in the attachment which will go under the modules & assessment heading.
For the full programme specification please click here.
- Minimum age 18 years.
- Applicants should have one or more of the following:
- A BTEC Level 3 qualification in business
- A GCE Advanced Level that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject
- Other related level 3 qualifications
- Substantial related work experience
- An international equivalent of the above
Applicants with appropriate work experience can also be considered.
As this programme is both taught and assessed in English, it is essential that all non-native English speakers can demonstrate capability in English at the levels below:
- IELTS 5.5 (Reading and writing must be at 5.5)
- PTE 5.2
- Or equivalent
The following are the modules (units) you will undertake for both the HNC and HND programmes (for students wishing to complete the HND programme, the HNC must be completed and achieved prior to progressing on to the second year).
Year One (HNC)
120 credits – 1 year full time study or 2 years part-time study
|Unit/Module||Mandatory or Optional||Key Learning Outcomes|
|1 Analytical Methods for Engineers||Core unit – mandatory||
|2 Engineering Science||Core unit – mandatory||
|3 Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation||Core unit – mandatory||
|4 Mechanical Principles||Optional (Core unit – mandatory for HND)||
|6 Health, Safety and Risk Assessment in Engineering||Core unit – mandatory||
|41 Fluid Mechanics||Optional*||
|42 Heat Transfer and Combustion||Optional*||
|27Personal and Professional Development||Optional*||
Year Two (HND)
240 credits Two years full time study or four years part-time study
(The above HNC programme must be successfully completed* before beginning the following modules:)
|Unit/Module||Mandatory or Optional||Key Learning Outcomes|
|28 Research Project||Optional*||
|30 Quality Assurance and Management||Optional*||
|35 Further Analytical methods for engineering||Optional*||
|38 Managing People in Engineering||Optional*||
|59 Advanced Mathematics in Engineering||Optional*||
|62 Stengths of Materials||Optional*||
|52 Energy management||Optional*||
|61 Engineering Thermodynamics||Optional*||
*Optional units can be changed upon request, subject to sufficient numbers for each unit chosen.
When you begin your qualification your Programme Leader will take you through all aspects of your timetable, and of the requirements of IBCM and the awarding body Pearson. You will be given an induction to the college and the local area and into the specifics of the qualification including understanding the structure of the programme, the terminology and how assessment and internal quality assurance take place. You will be issued with a range of useful policies and procedures and will have a one to one interview to ensure we can tailor our support to your own individual needs.
For each module you will be issued with information as to the detailed requirements for a pass, merit or distinction grade, along with a suggested reading list. You will be issued with assessment plans which will show you the dates for all issue and submission of assignments for each unit.
To achieve each module you will have to demonstrate competence in each of the relevant learning outcomes identified above. Assessment may take the form of a completed written assignment or report, a project, or a presentation (or combination of any of the above). Some group work may take place, although you will always be assessed on an individual basis.
You will be given formative assessment early on in each module to enable you to identify where your strengths are and which areas you need to develop in order to be successful.
You will then be assessed at the end of each module against the required Learning outcomes. All assessments go through our own Internal Quality Assurance process to ensure that they meet the highest possible standards and give you every opportunity to achieve (see IBCM Assessment and Verification Policy)
Students will be awarded a grade of pass, merit or distinction for each module and an overall grade at the end of the qualification.
All of our assessment and internal quality procedures are regularly monitored and an Assessment Board will be held at the end of each term to verify all decisions made as well as to investigate any issues of concern.
Should you not meet the learning outcomes on your first submission, you will be given one opportunity for a resubmission. You may also be given the opportunity to resubmit in order to obtain a higher grade. If, at the resubmission, you still do not meet the required outcomes, one opportunity to retake the unit can be authorised. This unit can then receive a maximum pass grade.
If a unit is still not passed at this stage it is deemed to have failed. Your assessor will discuss the options with you, such as an alternative unit in the case of optional units, or whether you are able to study the core module again (repeat).See IBCM Assignment submission procedure. Full attendance at lessons for the repeated module is required along with appropriate payment.
There are compensation provisions within both the HNC and HND provision in that students can still be awarded the qualification if they have not achieved a pass in one of the 15 credit units completed, but have completed and passed the remaining units.
- 1 year full time HNC (2 years part time)
- 2 years full time HND (4 years part time)
- January and September
For details of fees please refer to separate price list