Course Overview

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma 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. Emphasis will be placed upon reflection, analysis, environmental impact, critical thinking and personal development.

Course Structure

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 Diploma programme has a total value of 240 credits and is equivalent to approximately 2400 hours total learning time

Modules Covered

Year One:

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

Year Two:

  • Mechanical Principles
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology.

Year Three:

  • Research Project
  • Professional Engineering Management
  • Advanced Mechanical Principles
  • Virtual Engineering
  • Further Mathematics.

Learning Methods

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

Assessment

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.

What's Next?

The programme is designed to support career progression for anyone working in Engineering or for those who would like to develop their knowledge and skills and pursue a career in this field.

Entry Requirements

A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering and a minimum of 80 UCAS points. GCSE Mathematics and English at Grades A-C/9-4 or equivalent.

or

A minimum of 32 UCAS points including at least one Level 3 qualification in Mathematics, 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 those who do not meet the above criteria. Where this is the case, you will be invited for an interview at which you will be expected to provide a portfolio (either physical or digital) that demonstrates professional industry experience in an Engineering discipline and/or demonstrate a strong interest in Engineering through extra-curricular activity, research or work experience. As part of the interview process, you will undertake an Engineering aptitude test along with a Numeracy and Literacy skills assessment.

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

 

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
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Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

Programme Specification