Engineering – Mechanical (HND)

The HND programme will assist those looking to develop a career as a manufacturing engineer.

  • Course Type University Level / Higher Technical Education
  • Subject Area Engineering and Manufacturing - HTE
  • Qualification Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • Study Mode: Full time or Part time
  • Course Level Level 5
  • Location Future Skills Centre
  • Course Length Completion of 1 year full time on progression from the associated HNC. OR: Completion of two years part time on progression from the associated HNC
  • Start Date September Yearly
  • Day Full time - two day a week or part time - one day a week.
  • Fee £7,795 full time and £3,898 part time
  • Reduced Fee

    See below

  • Course Code 9BHG

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.

Click here to view the latest Student Handbook for this course: HNC HND Engineering Handbook

Topics for the one year full time course will include:

  • Research Project (Core)
  • Professional Engineering Management (Core)
  • Further Mathematics (Specialist)
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Advanced Mechanical Principles (Specialist)
  • Virtual Engineering (Specialist)
  • Further Thermodynamics (Specialist)

Topics for the first year of the part time course will include:

  • Research Project (Core)
  • Further Mathematics (Specialist)
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Topics for the second year of the part time course will include:

  • Professional Engineering Management (Core)
  • Advanced Mechanical Principles (Specialist)
  • Virtual Engineering (Specialist)
  • Further Thermodynamics (Specialist)

This programme is awarded by BTEC (units may change subject to requirements).

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. GCSE Maths and English is required at grade C (or 4) or above (or equivalent O Level).



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.

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. There will also be additional costs relating to any accreditation of prior learning for candidates without an RQF HENC achieved at Exeter College.

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