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Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering Year 1 (Mechanical Engineering) (RQF)

Course Level: 

Level 4

Job opportunities after this course: 
Overview of the course: 

This Mechanical Engineering (HNC) course is an introductory higher education course and is ideal for those who may not have a vast amount of Mechanical Engineering knowledge but have relevant industrial experience. Higher National Certificates are a well-respected industry qualification for engineering students and valued by employers. Mechanical engineers apply their creative imaginations and professional skills to combine both theory and practice in a variety of situations.

Entry requirements: 

BTEC Level 3 Extended or 120 Credit Diploma in Engineering with a minimum of MM or MMM

Maths and Physics A level at D or above and GCSE's Maths at B

Relevant Industrial experience subject to interview and a short maths course to suitability (MUST have GCSE Maths B or above)

Mature students will be considered on an individual basis, dependent upon experience, interests and completion of an in-house maths test. (MUST have GCSE Maths B or above)

Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


The HNC Mechanical Engineering course comprises of 120 Credits at Level 4

Part time delivery only, see below for the proposed units.

1 Engineering Design (Mandatory)

2 Engineering Maths (Mandatory)

3 Engineering Science (Mandatory)

4 Managing a Professional Engineering Project (Mandatory)

8 Mechanical Principles (Mandatory)

13 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines (Mandatory)

Two from below

10 Mechanical Workshop Practices (TBC Student needs)

32 CAD for Maintenance Engineers (TBC Student needs)

18 Maintenance Engineering (TBC Student needs)

14 Production Engineering for Manufacture (TBC Student needs)

How is the course assessed?: 

Units are assessed using various methods such as group work, written reports, laboratory sessions and in-class practical and closed book examination. Students are also required to give presentations via Poster and/or a PowerPoint discussing their findings where applicable. The course will be delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals and self-study.

Further study options after this course: 

Full-Time Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Engineering Mechanical

Full Time University

Full-Time Technician or entry level Engineer

Students may also apply for Engineering Positions or use as a route into education.

Length of the course: 

Delivered 2 Years Part-Time (1 Day)


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When does the course start: 

11th September 2020.

More important information about this course:


Please contact us to enquire about flexible payment plan options, the fees payable are:

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (14 Feb 2020 21:10) 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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