Engineering - Mechanical HND top up
Faculty of Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive
Level Location Length UCAS Fee Ask Apply
Higher Education - HND Technology Centre - Monkerton Completion of one year full time (1 day per week) on progression from the associated HNC H3R5 Click here for info

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

This is a progression course from the Engineering - Mechanical HNC

The programme will assist those looking to develop a career as a Mechanical design, maintenance or test engineer. During the course you will enhance your problem solving skills by studying topics such Further Mechanical Principles and Materials. 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 one day a week programme will achieve a HND qualification in one year. You should either be employed by or intend to pursue a career in a relevant industry. You will study a number of core Units alongside your specialist Units. These units 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 also apply theories and techniques to real world examples.

What topics will I study?

The topics for the one year full time course are:

Unit Number 7    Level 4  - Business Management Techniques for Engineers (Core)

Unit Number 15  Level 5  - Design for Manufacture (Core)

Unit Number 32  Level 5 - Industrial Robot Technology (Core)

Unit Number 35  Level 5 - Further Analytical Methods for Engineers (Core)

Unit Number 76  Level 5  - Managing the Work of Individuals and Teams (Core)

Unit Number 61  Level 5 - Engineering Thermodynamics (Optional)

This programme is awarded by BTEC

What experiences will I get?

Work experience is gained with employers and, where possible your assignments will relate to real world scenarios in the engineering environment. 

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to have passed the associated HNC in Mechanical Engineering at Exeter College. If you already have an HNC in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent from another college or higher education provider, then consideration will be given to your application, but 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.

Facilities also include:


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

You will also have access to a learning resource centre.

What can the course lead on to?

This is a new course which replaces the Foundation Degree in Electronics which was previously delivered in partnership with Plymouth University. 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 and numerous universities include the opportunity to join their 2nd Year Bachelor of Science (BSc) programmes on completing of this HND. 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.

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We hold dedicated open event at the Technology Centre - the next one is on 10th February - click here for more information.

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