Level 4 HNC in Mechanical Engineering


The HNC in Mechanical Engineering is a two-year part time programme on which students will be required to attend South West Durham Training for one day per week. The modules studied will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of mechanical engineering systems and principles. Within this programme, students have the opportunity to study two additional modules, enabling the HNC in Mechanical Engineering to be achieved in one year rather than two.

All students will carry out practical work in the fully equipped mechanical labs and engineering workshops. These sessions provide the opportunity to work on industrial standard equipment, and to learn engineering skills including: materials testing; CADCAM; advanced CAD techniques and manufacturing processes.

Course requirements

5 GCSEs at A*-C level including English and Maths; OR Level 3 BTEC Diploma or Level 3 Extended Diploma, A-Level qualifications in maths or science; OR for mature students with appropriate work experience a ‘bridging’ programme in engineering principles and mathematics may be required.

Entry will also be subject a satisfactory interview.

What will I do?

Teaching and learning is achieved by using a range of methods including taught classes, tutorials, and practical sessions. The modules undertaken on this programme will include:

Analytical methods for engineers

Engineering science

Utilisation of Electrical Energy


Manufacturing Processes

Mechanical systems principles


Advanced CAD


Quality assurance

What can I do when I finish?

Students have the opportunity to progress to a one year L5 HND Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, with further progress to a top-up Degree in Engineering (subject to achieved grades). This course also provides opportunities for employment in mechanical engineering industries, for example:

  • Mechanical engineering operatives
  • Mechanical maintenance technicians
  • Mechanical engineers.
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