HNC/D Mechanical Engineering

Welcome to Mechanical Engineering

This qualification is highly regarded by local employers; it will offer students a broad understanding of the typical tasks and requirements of engineering professionals.

Our industry recognised qualification enables you to build skills currently in high demand by employers, alongside opportunities to further enhance your knowledge through site visits and and attending talks by guest speakers.

For those who have appropriate experience of working within this sector the programme is also offered as part-time study over four years. The part-time Mechanical Engineering programme will allow you to fit other commitments around your study time but will include the same modules as the full-time course.

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This programme is an industry recognised qualification that builds skills currently in high demand by employers. It provides access to exciting opportunities within a challenging and rewarding sector with fantastic career paths and many job prospects both locally, nationally and even internationally.

This programme enables you to extend your expereince in mechanical engineering and problem solving techniques and gain the industry recognised higher technician qualification. The programme is suitable for those who have an interest in advanced engineering or manufacturing.

The course, comprising eight modules (HNC) and a further eight (HND), covers the fundamental engineering concepts and skills required of a higher technician as well as providing a sound basis for further study at degree level. As with all engineering day release programmes, individual modules may be studied separately to update knowledge. The course is delivered through a mixture of classroom activity, guided assignment work and examinations. Emphasis is placed on problem solving skills and students should expect the delivery to reflect this combined with associated mathematical concepts.

For those who have appropriate experience of working within this sector the programme is also offered as part-time study over four years. The part-time Mechanical Engineering programme will allow you to fit other commitments around your study time but will include the same modules as the full-time course.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Most modules count for 15 academic credits, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours, which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of core modules at a given level. Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.

Mechanical Engineering Modules

Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma or 2 A Levels in relevant subjects, or level 3 qualifications in maths and science or equivalent. Industrial experience may also be considered.

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

Additional requirements:

  • You must provide evidence of having been in general education for at least 10 years and of having studied within the last five years
  • a face-to-face interview is required before an offer is made.

Our graduates either begin an exciting career in the workplace within this high-tech industry or/and continue to the HND Diploma in Mechanical Engineering or other professional development degree level programmes, either full or part-time. Graduates of the part-time HNC/D programme typically use this qualification to increase promotional career opportunities within their sector. This course should enable a technician to carry out responsible duties consistent with higher technician status.

Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.

Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical’s. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures. You will use and have access to industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course.

When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations

Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

 Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

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HNC Mechanical Engineering Full-time
LevelLevel 4
LocationColchester
Duration1 Year
UCAS CodeH300
Academic Year2019-2020
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2019
Fee(s)2018-19: £6,000 per year
HNC Mechanical Engineering Part-time
LevelLevel 4
LocationColchester
Duration2 Years
Course CodeZT31751
Academic Year2018-2019
Study ModePart-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2018
Fee(s)2018-19: £3,000 per year
HND Mechanical Engineering Full-time
LevelLevel 5
LocationColchester
Duration2 Years
UCAS Code003H
Academic Year2019-2020
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2018
Fee(s)2018-19: £6,000 per year
HND Mechanical Engineering Part-time
LevelLevel 5
LocationColchester
Duration4 Years
Course CodeZT31771
Academic Year2018-2019
Study ModePart-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2018
Fee(s)2018-19: £3,000 per year
Mechanical Engineering Modules

Module Code and Title:

K/615/1475 – Unit 1: Engineering Design (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the methodical steps that engineers use in creating functional products and processes; from a design brief to the work, and the stages involved in identifying and justifying a solution to a given engineering need.

What do I learn?
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to prepare an engineering design specification that satisfies stakeholders’ requirements, implement best practice when analysing and evaluating possible design solutions, prepare a written technical design report, and present their finalised design to a customer or audience.

What’s the assignment?
There are three parts to submit. One is to prepare an engineering design specification to a client’s brief, the second is to produce a report detailing designs and calculations and the third is a presentation to an invited audience.

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M/615/1476 – Unit 2: Engineering Maths (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
The aim of this unit is to develop students’ skills in the mathematical principles and theories that underpin the engineering curriculum.

What do I learn?
Students will be introduced to mathematical methods and statistical techniques in order to analyse and solve problems within an engineering context.

What’s the assignment?
There will be four assignments, each relating to an aspect of engineering mathematics

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T/615/1477 – Unit 3: Engineering Science (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This unit introduces students to the fundamental laws and applications of the physical sciences within engineering and how to apply this knowledge to find solutions to a variety of engineering problems.

What do I learn?
Among the topics included in this unit are: international system of units, interpreting data, static and dynamic forces, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, material properties and failure, and A.C./D.C. circuit theories.

What’s the assignment?
There will be four assignments, each based on an element of the engineering science unit content, including mechanical engineering systems, characteristics and properties of engineering materials and applications of electromagnetic principles and properties.

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A/615/1478 – Unit 4: Managing a Professional Engineering Project (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This unit introduces students to the techniques and best practices required to successfully create and manage an engineering project designed to identify a solution to an engineering need. While carrying out this project, students will consider the role and function of engineering in our society, the professional duties and responsibilities expected of engineers together with the behaviours that accompany their actions.

What do I learn?
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to conceive, plan, develop and execute a successful engineering project, and produce and present a project report outlining and reflecting on the outcomes of each of the project processes and stages.

What’s the assignment?
This unit is assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The project brief will be set by the centre, based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). The theme and chosen project within the theme will enable students to explore and examine a relevant and current topical aspect of professional engineering. Students will undertake this project individually.

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F/615/1482 – Unit 8: Mechanical Principles (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the essential mechanical principles associated with engineering applications.

What do I learn?
Topics included in this unit are: behavioural characteristics of static, dynamic and oscillating engineering systems including shear forces, bending moments, torsion, linear and angular acceleration, conservation of energy and vibrating systems; and the movement and transfer of energy by considering parameters of mechanical power transmission systems.

What’s the assignment?
There will be four assessments to complete, all based on mathematical applications of mechanical principles applied to engineering scenarios.

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K/615/1489 – Unit 15: Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
The aim of this unit is for students to investigate how Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and industrial robots can be programmed to successfully implement automated engineering solutions.

What do I learn?
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to program PLCs and robotic manipulators to achieve a set task, describe the types and uses of PLCs and robots available, write simple PLC programs, and program industrial robots with straightforward commands and safety factors.

What’s the assignment?
There will be two assessments to complete, based on the design and operational characteristics of a PLC system and the design and safe operation of a robot within an industrial application.

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Additional Modules

  • Thermodynamics
  • Materials, Properties and Testing
  • Mechatronics
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