Engineering - Mechanical HNC
Faculty of Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive
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Higher Education - HNC Technology Centre Completion of one year full time (2 days per week) to gain HNC. (Offer of an additional year to gain the HND). OR: Completion of two years part time (1 day per week) to gain HNC. (Offer of an additional year to gain the HND). 8BHG Click here for info

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This programme will assist those looking to develop a career as a mechanical design/test engineer. During the course you will enhance your problem solving skills by studying topics such fluid mechanics and mechanical principles. You will also develop the skills needed to realise your designs in topics such as computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing. You will be using industry standard technologies such as Solidworks, Sinumerik and EdgeCam.

Based in the new state of the art Technology Centre, this part time programme will achieve a Higher National Certificate (HNC) qualification in two years, with an opportunity to progress to a Higher National Diploma (HND) with a third year of study. You should either be employed by or intend to pursue a career in a relevant industry. You will study a number of core modules alongside your specialist modules. Modules will develop your understanding of a wide range of engineering techniques and provide you with the analytical tools and concepts necessary to understand the technical and managerial issues you may face in an engineering career. You will apply theories and techniques to real world examples.

What topics will I study?


The topics for the two year part time course (the full time course covers all these topics in one year) are:

Unit number 1. (Level 4) Analytical Methods for Engineers - core unit

Unit number 2. (Level 4) Engineering Science - core unit

Unit number 3. (Level 5) Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation - core unit

Unit number 4. (Level 5) Mechanical Principles - optional unit

Unit number 8. (Level 5) Engineering Design - core unit

Unit number 14. (Level 4) Computer Aided Machining - optional unit

Unit number 20 (Level 5) Quality and Business Improvement - core unit

Unit number 21. (Level 4) Materials Engineering - optional unit

Unit number 41. (Level 4) Fluid Mechanics - optional unit

Unit number 69 (Level 4) Advanced Computer-aided Design Techniques - core unit

This programme is awarded by BTEC.

What experiences will I get?

Work experience is gained with employers and, where possible, assignments will be related to the work environment. 

What are the entry requirements?

For 2017 entry, you will need 64 UCAS tariff points (minimum) from AS, A Level or AVCE programmes which includes Mathematics and Physics, BTEC National Diploma/Certificate/Extended Diploma including at least merits in Mathematics and Mechanical Principles, GNVQ Advanced, an Access qualification or other qualifications deemed equivalent to the above. Apprentices on the 120 credit Diploma in addition should have gained at least a pass in Level 3 Unit 28 Further Mathematics. Consideration will be given to mature applicants who have substantial relevant industrial experience. An interview will be required.

What facilities are there?

A purpose built Technology Centre at Monkerton opened in September 2012. The centre combines the training and teaching of aerospace, engineering and automotive students with access to state of the art equipment within world class facilities. The CAD/CAM Suite includes 25 computers running the latest versions of AutoCAD, Inventor, Solid Works, EdgeCAM and SIEMENS 828d/840d control. The software will allow engineering students to experience industry standard software and CNC machining equipment that give an understanding of CAD for manufacture. You will also have access to a learning centre.

Facilities also include:

  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Material Laboratory
  • Electronic/Control Laboratory with simulation software
  • Electrical Power Laboratory
  • Electronics Laboratory
  • Mechanical and Fabrication workshops

What can the course lead on to?

All previous students have either achieved a promotion or progressed their career in a job with increased responsibility, following this programme. You may also wish to continue your studies. You can progress on to an HND programme with Exeter College. Please note there is a deadline for applications and places may be subject to availability. 

Are there any additional costs?

You are required to purchase some of the recommended books to aid self-study. All students need to have drawing equipment and a scientific calculator.

What do our students think?

The thing I most enjoyed about Exeter College was the interaction I had with the lecturers, who were mainly professional engineers who had spent most of their careers in industry, and turned their hand to teaching to ‘give something back’ - thus took great pride in their students' achievements."


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