Title | The Technical Academy - East Durham College

This Mechanical Engineering (HNC) course is an introductory higher education course and is ideal for those who may not have a vast amount of Mechanical Engineering knowledge but have relevant industrial experience. Higher National Certificates are a well-respected industry qualification for engineering students and valued by employers. Mechanical engineers apply their creative imaginations and professional skills to combine both theory and practice in a variety of situations.

Entry requirements

BTEC Level 3 Extended or 120 Credit Diploma in Engineering with a minimum of MM or MMM

Maths and Physics A level at D or above and GCSE's Maths at B

Relevant Industrial experience subject to interview and a short maths course to suitability

Mature students will be considered on an individual basis, dependent upon experience, interests and completion of an inhouse maths test.


The HNC Mechanical Engineering course comprises of 120 Credits at Level 4

Part time delivery only, see below for the proposed units.

1 Engineering Design (Mandatory)

2 Engineering Maths (Mandatory)

3 Engineering Science (Mandatory)

4 Managing a Professional Engineering Project (Mandatory)

8 Mechanical Principles (Mandatory)

13 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines (Mandatory)

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10 Mechanical Workshop Practices (TBC Student needs)

32 CAD for Maintenance Engineers (TBC Student needs)

18 Maintenance Engineering (TBC Student needs)

14 Production Engineering for Manufacture (TBC Student needs)

How is the course assessed?

Units are assessed using various methods such as group work, written reports, laboratory sessions and in-class practical and closed book examination. Students are also required to give presentations via Poster and/or a PowerPoint discussing their findings where applicable. The course will be delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals and self-study.

Further study options after this course

Full-Time Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Engineering Mechanical

Full Time University

Full-Time Technician or entry level Engineer

Students may also apply for Engineering Positions or use as a route into education.

Length of the course

Delivered 2 Years Part-Time (1 Day)


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How to apply

To apply for this course using our online application form, please click www.eastdurham.ac.uk/application_form or on the Apply navigation above. Alternatively if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply using a paper application form you can call us on 0191 518 8222

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