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 (Yearly)
Specialist Units (Mandatory)
- Mechanical Principles (Yearly)
Second Year Core Units (Mandatory)
- Managing a Professional Engineering Project (Pearson-set) (Yearly).
Specialist Units (Mandatory)
- Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines (Yearly).
Additional Specialist Units
- Fluid Mechanics (Yearly)
- Materials, Properties and Testing (Yearly).
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 ENIC equivalent qualification).
Students with the Level 3 qualification in an engineering discipline with industrial experience may be considered.
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 suitable for young, mature adults seeing to reskill / upskill in the engineering sector or those who have completed apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering environment.
This course will run 1 day a week. Mix 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%).
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.
For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2023-24 academic year. The OfS has published providers on its Register and HCUC (Harrow College and Uxbridge College) has been registered since 10 December 2018. Please visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information.
- Assessment and grading
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.
Where Next – Further Studies
Students passing the HNC course will be able to progress onto the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) 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.
Home student fee: £4,500
The fees quoted are 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.
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 please contact the Careers Team on 01895 853333.
If you are unsure about your status, please contact the Careers Team at Uxbridge College. 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.