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HNC Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical engineering serves an important role in our everyday lives and in the function of engineering businesses. It encompasses the principles behind static and dynamic systems and materials used in manufacturing processes.

These courses will develop your knowledge of how to analyse and design mechanical systems, produce both 2D and 3D CAD files and manufacture them using CAM, and important business principles that mechanical companies requires.

If you’re undertaking further professional development or wish to pursue a career in mechanical engineering, then this course will suit you.

This course is validated by Pearson Edexcel.

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Entry requirements

In order to start this course, you will be expected to have successfully completed, or have evidence of working towards, at least 64 UCAS points (160 points as per 2016 tariff), which is equivalent to:

  • Two A Level grade C/grade 4 in appropriate subjects, one of which should be Maths.
  • BTEC National Diploma at grade MM – with a distinction in Further Maths for Technicians and Mechanical Principles.
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma at grade MPP – with a distinction in Further Maths for Technicians and Mechanical Principles.

Alternatively, we will consider substantive experience in a relevant field.

We normally require three GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above, to include English language and maths: English and maths at Level 2 are essential requirements.

Start dates and fees

Course fees are payable for each year of all university-level courses. To identify your course fees and the financial support that may be available to you, please visit the finance and funding page, or contact a member of the HE team at the college.

Provisional timetables will be discussed at interview, and confirmed in the final joining instructions which all students will receive in July.

Start DateDay/TimeWksDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
322 yr(s)1171D1£3800.00Apply

How long is the course?

Typically the HNC takes two years, however prior units can be considered as accredited prior learning if suitable.

Students will attend for one day per week, you will also need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to research and work outside the classroom.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods are varied and may include written reports, presentations, case studies, individual/group projects and reflective statements. Where units are work-related, assessment will relate to your own organisation (where appropriate) and/or vocational setting. For mathematical subjects there may be time based assessments in the classroom.

What does the course lead to?

This course will provide you with knowledge, understanding and professional skills you can take into your career or current role. You can expect to move on in your vocational field into senior level roles upon completion.

What will I study?

HNC units:

  • Analytical Methods for Engineers
  • Engineering Science
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Advanced Computer Aided Design
  • Computer Aided Manufacture
  • Business Management Techniques for Engineers
  • Workplace study and Ergonomics
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Principles (required if top-up to HND)
  • Engineering Design

Module titles may change.

What can I go on to study?

Upon successful completion of this programme, you have the opportunity to complete our one-year HND Mechanical Engineering (top-up) programme.

Engineering students may wish to apply for membership of professional institutes or bodies such as the IMechE after completing their programme.

How do I apply?

Please complete our online application form, paying particular attention to previous qualifications and the personal statement. If you experience any difficulty, please contact the Vision University Centre on 01623 627191 ext 8996, or email the HE team at

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