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HNC Engineering (Mechanical)

Course Level: 

Level 4

Job opportunities after this course: 

The qualification provides career development opportunities for those already in work, and progression opportunities onto a Higher National Diploma (HND) or direct entry to an Engineering Degree Programme.

Overview of the course: 

East Durham College working in partnership with the University of Sunderland the HNC Engineering (Mechanical) is a two year, part time and work based programme with both years of the course being based at East Durham College and their Technical Academy campus in Peterlee.

This qualification is aimed at students who intend to follow an Advanced Apprenticeship programme or who are considering a career in engineering that offers the chance to be part of a discipline that revolutionises the world we live in.

The qualification is designed to provide highly specialist, work-related qualifications in engineering. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment or university.

The qualification you will receive is awarded by the University of Sunderland.

For all the current information on this course on the University of Sunderland's website, please follow this link:

Entry requirements: 

To join the HNC course you should have either A Levels in mathematics and a science-based subject or a full BTEC Level 3 Diploma in engineering at a minimum of merit grade.

Applicants with relevant work experience or other relevant qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

We also require 2 passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language, please refer to the University of Sunderland English Language requirements:







Health & Safety

Fabrication & Welding Technology for Engineers

Mechanical Principles

How is the course assessed?: 

You will be assessed through a series of classroom exams and assignment home works.

Further study options after this course: 

The qualifications provide career development opportunities for those already in work, and further progression opportunities onto higher education, degree and professional development programmes within the same or related areas of study, within universities and other institutions.

Length of the course: 

Work based part time, over two years.

You will be assessed through a series of closed and open book classroom exams, assignment home works and a Final Year Project (FYP).


Technical Skills Academy Peterlee

When does the course start: 

17th September 2018

More important information about this course:


£2,638 (subject to change).

Fees for this course are set by the University of Sunderland. Please follow this link to view the current fees for this course:
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (20 Feb 2018 16:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve

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