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Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

Qualification Gained
Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
Study Level
Trade & Professional, University, Level 4
18 months Part-time
Start Date
Study Mode


The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) is designed to provide you with wider 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 study at HND/degree level.

Emphasis will be placed upon reflection, analysis, environmental impact, critical thinking and personal development.

  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

Year 1:

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM)
  • Quality and Process Improvement

Year 2:

  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines

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.

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

Fees: Full-time: £7,750 per year. £600 per 15 credits.

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.

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 ay any time.

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