BTEC Level 4 HNC in Mechanical Engineering - PT Day
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.
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).
Mixture of theory by lectures/teaching (70%), practical demonstrations/workshops (25%), tutorials/virtual learning environments (2%), guest speakers and field trips (3%) 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, presentations and tests (10%).
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.
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.
Please click here to view the Terms and Conditions for our HE students.
Last updated: 9 May 2018
- Home student: £3,635
- Overseas student: £4,150
The fees quoted are for home and overseas students for one year of study and include tuition, exam fee, materials, ID card (which gives access to the college and facilities e.g. library) and college registration.
Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria. Uxbridge College does not create the criteria for fee status. The fee status criteria is provided in regulations and guidance, published by the government.
Please click here for information on the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate for study on a Higher Education (HE) course at Uxbridge College. This information is only a summary.
If you are unsure about your status you should contact the Careers Team at Uxbridge College or please click here to complete the Fees Assessment Questionnaire and return it to the address given on the form. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also has information about residency for international students.
How to Apply
To apply for a course choose one of these methods:
- Online - click the Apply Now button, fill out the form and submit
- 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.