Mechanical Engineering - HNC (Edexcel)
Qualification Obtained: BTEC HNC Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (QCF)
Skilled engineers are currently in short supply and excellent career opportunities exist as design, production or project engineers at technician engineer level. This programme has been specifically designed in collaboration with employers to bridge that gap and to support talented and skilled practitioners into sustainable employment. Many former students are now employed by major companies such as EDF Energy, Westinghouse (Springfields Fuels Ltd), BAE Systems, Airbus, NIC, GEC and Ford Motor Company as design, production, project or research and development engineers. Others have continued their studies to degree level, progressing to our own BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Production Engineering, awarded by Lancaster University.
Course Entry Requirements
A minimum of 120 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) or above in an appropriate discipline.
We also welcome applications from those with substantial work experience in Engineering in lieu of the minimum entry requirements
2017 Entry Requirements
A new UCAS Tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017, the new entry requirements are as follows;
A minimum of 48 UCAS points (previously 120) excluding functional skills in an appropriate discipline.
Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.
Career Options and Progression
We have well-developed working relationships with a wide range of Engineering employers, through which we help and support learners into sustainable employment. Successful learners may wish to convert this qualification into a full Honours degree by progressing to our BEng (Hons) in Mechanical and Production Engineering, awarded by Lancaster University and delivered here at B&FC.
Our Engineering Degree programmes are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), making successful learners eligible for professional registration with this body.
Modules and Assessment
If you’re interested in Mechanical Engineering and want to know how things are designed, manufactured and made to work, this is the course for you. This programme aims to develop a clear understanding of the principles and skills involved in engineering, with the use of computer-aided techniques an integral part. An awareness of health and safety issues also features, as does knowledge of the various workings of an engineering business. A strong vocational emphasis aims to deliver the general transferable skills required for employment in this specialised field.
Specific modules that you will study include:
The Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNC in Mechanical Engineering is a qualification with a minimum of 120 credits of which 50 are mandatory core modules and must contain a minimum of 65 credits at level 4.
Mandatory Units - all 3 must be taken
- 1 Analytical Methods for Engineers - 15 credits
- 2 Engineering Science - 15 credits
- 3 Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation - 20 credits
- 41 Fluid Mechanics - 15 credits
- 60 Dynamics of Machines - 15 credits
- 69 Advanced computer-aided Design Techniques - 15 credits
- 61 Engineering Thermodynamics - 15 credits
27 Personal and Professional Developments - 15 credits
You will be assessed on the programme through coursework assignments weighted at 100%. Modules are delivered and assessed, usually by between 3 and 4 assignments per module which progressively evidence your achievement against the learning outcomes. Assignments can be a mix of calculations, practicals with write-ups, essays, technical drawings, sketches, graphs and circuit diagrams. All assignments are distributed with clearly defined learning outcomes and assessment criteria at pass, merit and distinction level.
All Modules are 100% Coursework
Teaching and Learning Methods
You will learn in a variety of ways which support specialist vocational skill development and knowledge, some of which is practical and some theoretical in nature. Lectures and presentations will be used to provide structured and research informed content; you will use these lectures and presentations as the basis for assignment work development, enquiry and active learning experiences. Problem identification and solving is a key skill required in the engineering discipline and our blend of interactive, individualised and group learning opportunities provide you with amply opportunities to develop as mechanical engineers.
Work Placement and Field Trips
There is no work placement included on this course.
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.
You should be aware that there may be additional costs to consider such as optional educational visits and photocopying/printing.
You will need your own scientific calculator (costs start from around £7). Other resources required to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme are provided by the College.
Regulation and Accreditation
This programme is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Terms and Conditions
Read our full terms and conditions for more information.
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