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HNC Mechanical Engineering

The course supports those in roles within the engineering sector such as mechanical, production, maintenance, engineering and technologies within the manufacturing and engineering sector.
Those completing the course may secure employment in the Automotive, Aerospace, Design and Manufacturing, Power and Process Plant Engineering including Nuclear power.
Typical roles undertaken include Design Engineers, Development and Test Engineers, and Project Engineers.

Entry Requirements

Applications are welcomed from Candidates with Level 2 Qualifcations in English and Mathematics, plus a relevant Level 3 Qualification such as:
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma
- An approved, alternative qualification

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria, but have relevant work/life experience, will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass of 60 credits with minimum of 45 at Level 3 Science or Technology specific, and must have Level 2 English and Mathematics (either included or extra).

Non-UK Based Qualifcations:
students applying with non-UK based qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants with Qualifications not in related Subject area:
Students will full Level 3 qualifications but not in a related subject area must have a minimum of two years relevant work experience. Admission by Experience AP(E)L Applicants may be admitted to the programme because of knowledge and skills gained through experience rather than formal qualifications.

The interview process will give you an opportunity to show how your experience has given you the knowledge and skills equivalent to those you would gain through completing a Level 3 qualification.

What do I need to bring?

Notepad/paper, pen, pencils, calculator (mobile phone is not acceptable for this).

Assessment/Exam information

Assessment methods involve formative and summative strategies leading to a positive learning methodology with written feedback on all assessed work.

Other information

During the course you will receive expert tuition from well-qualified and experienced staff. The course will allow you access to state of the art computing facilities and Information Technology. Within the college you will also have access to a range of facilities; i.e. Learning & Development Centre, IT Centre, Student Enrichment Centre, HE Study Centre.

What can I do next?

On completing the HNC in Mechanical Engineering you can secure employment in many varied areas of the engineering industry such as Automotive, Design and Manufacturing, Aerospace, Power and Process Plant Engineering including Nuclear Power. Typical job roles include Design Engineers, Development and Test Engineers and Project Engineers.

Upon completion of the HNC many students find they progress to supervising groups of employees. Progression to a specialist BSc (Hons) Engineering discipline or a BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree course is also possible via a one/two year top-up course.

Qualification description

HNC Mechanical Engineering

Course information & how to apply

Length Start Date End Date Course Fees Course Code
34 weeks 12 Sep 2018 08 Jun 2019 Tuition fee: £2,975.00 EPJ4061
UCAS/UKPASS Code: Not Applicable
Study type: Part Time
Times: 09:00 - 20:00
Hours per week: 6.00
Study days: 1 DAY

Any extra costs

There may be some supplementary costs for equipment, books, course trips and visits. Financial assistance may be available to cover these costs, please ask a member of staff about the Access Fund.

For further information on costs, please contact:
Student Services, Swindon College, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1DY.
Telephone: 01793 498106
Email: or

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this course, please contact Student Services:

Swindon College, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1DY,
Tel. 01793 498106
or email

Or download and complete and Expression of Interest Form