Mechanical Engineering - HNC

Course Code: ET1HE576

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Start DateLocationDuration
09/09/2019Bispham Campus2 YearsApply
08/09/2020Bispham Campus2 YearsApply

Course Overview

The Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNC in Mechanical Engineering provides you with a specialist work-related programme of study which covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the mechanical engineering sector, and also offers you the opportunity to engage in particular specialisms through the choice of specialist modules.

Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNCs provide a nationally recognised qualification offering you career progression and professional development for those of you already in employment; and opportunities to progress further in higher education. This HNC in Mechanical Engineering programme works in close partnership with local and regional employers.

The programme is recognised by The Engineering Council Engineering Technician Standard (EngTech) (Engineering Technican member of The Engineering Council) and The Institute of Engineering Technology (TMIET) (Technician Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology). These are designatory letters you may use after graduating from this programme, subject to joining both professional bodies.

Entry Requirements

The usual entry requirements for this course are a minimum of 80 UCAS points (excluding functional skills) obtained from level 3 qualifications such as the Extended/90 Credit Diploma in Engineering or AS/A2 A-levels in Maths and Science.

However, relevant work/voluntary skills or knowledge could count instead of the above qualifications; we will consider each application on an individual basis.

Qualification Obtained

BTEC Higher National Certificate in Engineering

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Fluid MechanicsET4MD19715Mandatory
Mechanical PrinciplesET4MD19115Mandatory
Managing Prof Engineering ProjectET4MD19415Mandatory
Cad for Maintenance EngineersET4MD19615Mandatory
Fundamentals of Thermodynamics Heat EnginesET4MD19315Mandatory
Engineering MathematicsET4MD18915Mandatory
Engineering DesignET4MD18815Mandatory
Engineering ScienceET4MD19015Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

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 technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Handbook

Programme Specification

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