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Bradford College

Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

Qualification Gained
Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
Study Level
University, Level 4
1 year Full-time, 18 months Part-time
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
Full-time or Part-time
Trinity Green Building


This course will provide you with a broad knowledge of engineering principles and methodology, supported by the development of analytical and research skills to prepare you for employment opportunities in the Mechanical Engineering field or further study at HND/degree level. Emphasis will be placed upon reflection, analysis, environmental impact, critical thinking and personal development. Modules will cover  engineering design, maths and science, how to manage a professional engineering project and fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines and Computer Aided Design (CAD) for Engineering amongst others.

  Key Info

Units are sequenced to provide you with a coherent learning experience. The structure will also ensure a practicable, even spread of assessments throughout the academic year.

The Higher National Certificate programme has a total value of 120 credits and is equivalent to approximately 1200 hours total learning time.

Teaching and learning methods include:

  • Lectures and Seminars
  • Workshops and Labs
  • Tutorials
  • Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) Moodle
  • Work Based Learning
  • Guest Speakers
  • Field Trips

Full-time HNC will be completed in one year totaling 120 credits.

Part-time HNC will be completed in 18 months totaling 120 credits.

Stage 1 (total 120 credits):

  • Engineering Design*
  • Engineering Mathematics*
  • Engineering Science*
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project*
  • Mechanical Principles#
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines#

*Mandatory units
#Mandatory Specialist units

Optional unit:

  • Quality and Process Improvement
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) for Engineering

Entry to this course requires a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering and a minimum of 80 UCAS points. GCSE Mathematics and English at Grades A – C or equivalent.

Or A minimum of 80 UCAS points including at least one Level 3 qualification in Maths, Physics or Computer Science. GCSE Mathematics and English at Grades A – C or equivalent.

Or An Access to Higher Education Certificate in an Engineering discipline awarded by an approved further education institution.

The School of Engineering welcomes applications from candidates who do not meet the above criteria, in this case applicants will be invited to an interview at which they will be expected to provide a portfolio demonstrating their suitability for entrance to the course.

Claims for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) are welcomed by the Programme team.

Summative assessment is where students are provided with the assignment grades
contributing towards the overall unit grade.

Assessments may include elements of:

  • Practical assessments
  • Portfolios of evidence
  • In-class tests
  • Lab work
  • Case studies
  • Examinations, both open and closed book
  • Reflective activities where you look back over your experiences, analyse them with the assistance of relevant theory and reflective tools, and learn from the experience; online discussions that you have had with your peers, tutors and invited contributors to the programme
  • Oral and written reports;
  • Journals, blogs and log books
  • Plans (eg action plans, plans for your group activities)
  • Presentations

All written work related to assessments will be submitted via Turnitin to ensure authentication of students’ work.

Although work placements are not mandatory on the programme, the Work Experience team will be present in the induction to discuss the options for work placements. Students who are not work based will be encouraged to undertake industry work placements throughout their programme to enrich the skills and knowledge gained and to develop contacts in the engineering industry.

Successful completion of the programme can lead to an HND in Construction and the Built Environment (Mechanical Engineering).

Completion of this course can lead to employment within the Engineering sector or progress to Higher Education qualifications such as degrees and Honours degrees in Engineering or related areas.

It will also provide the opportunity to develop a career in the rapidly expanding sustainable construction market. The programme is designed to support career progression for anyone working in surveying or for those who would like to develop their knowledge and skills and pursue a career in this field.

Full-time: £8,000 per year. Part-time: Pro rata rate depending on intensity of study* *Intensity of Study refers to the amount of credits being studied in the academic year.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.

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