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Entry Requirements

One A Level either in maths, physics or engineering with grade C or above, or BTEC Level 3 Diploma with MP grade or a BTEC Extended Diploma with MPP grade in Mechanical Engineering plus the unit: Maths for Engineering Technicians at grade merit or above or Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded in Engineering (30 credits with pass and 15 credits with merit especially Maths subject) or international equivalent of the above (UK NARIC equivalent qualification).

You should have GCSEs grade A*-C (grade 9 - 4) in English, maths and science or equivalent, plus you will take a college test in maths and general science/engineering.

All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.

Who is the course for

This two-year part-time course is for those who are employed or seeking employment at technician or engineer level in Mechanical Engineering environment.

Course Content

In two years of this course, students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the engineering sector by studying level 4 units. Altogether, this course has 6 mandatory units out of which four are core units including one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment and two are specialist units. In addition to mandatory units, there are two additional specialist units. All units are 15 credit units.

First Year

Core Units (Mandatory)

  • Engineering Design (Yearly)
  • Engineering Maths (Yearly)
  • Engineering Science (Semester 1).

Specialist Units (Mandatory)

> Mechanical Principles (Semester 2).

Second Year

Core Units (Mandatory)

  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project (Pearson-set) (Yearly).

Specialist Units (Mandatory)

  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines (Semester 2).

Additional Specialist Units

  • Fluid Mechanics (Semester 1)
  • Materials, Properties and Testing (Yearly).

Study Methods

Mixture of theory by lectures/teaching, practical demonstrations, workshops, tutorials, virtual learning environments, guest speakers and field trips with 7.5 contact hours per week over 32 weeks during academic year. Student are expected to complete approximately 90 hours per unit for each 15 credit unit of independent study (i.e. on research and completing assignments) and unsupervised form of learning (e.g. e-learning, e-assessment, coursework, work-based learning, etc.).

How is the course assessed

Assessment is through a series of time-constrained written assignments which involve design projects, practical, simulation, posters, logbooks and presentations.

Where next - Further Studies

Students passing the HNC course will be able to progress onto the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Top-up Diploma in Mechanical at Uxbridge College, with a view to completing a full degree programme at university. Many professional bodies also recognise the HNC for further professional study.

Where next - Job Opportunities

The skills offered as part of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the Engineering sector.

Although, majority of the our HNC part-time learners are apprentices and work-based learners who returned to employers after finishing HNC qualification.

More Information

Please click here for the Course Handbook – containing full course details plus information on

  • Assessment and grading
  • College rules and resources
  • Student support and representation.

Last updated: 18 January 2018

How to Apply

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  • Post - download an application form here , or use the form in the prospectus. Fill it out and return it to:

Student Records/Admissions, Uxbridge College, Park Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1NQ.

When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.

Uxbridge Campus: Course Starting Mon 03 September 2018

Starts: 03/09/2018

Duration: 64 Week(s)

Where: Uxbridge Campus

When: Thursday 09:00 to 17:00

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