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BTEC HND Mechanical Engineering

This course offers a broad range of skills and insight, in preparation for a career in the engineering industry.
Course description: 

Students are expected to attend College one day and/or evening per week.

The programme team uses a combination of traditional classroom teaching, open learning and research-based experiential learning.

These are delivered via laboratory experiments and demonstrations, use of modern surveying equipment, industry standard IT applications and group activities.

Students bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge which is fully utilised by the programme team. Many assignments are based around your own work environment and this has been implemented through regular liaison with employers to allow you to access and use non-confidential data and documents from the workplace.

The following Units may be studied on the HND Mechanical Engineering course:

  • Analytical methods
  • Engineering science
  • Project design, implementation and evaluation
  • Mechanical principles
  • Materials engineering
  • CAD
  • Design for manufacture
  • Further mathematics for technicians
  • Health. safety and risk assessment
  • Applications of pneumatics and hydraulics
  • Strengths of materials
  • Application of machine tools
  • Computer-aided design and manufacture
  • Quality assurance and management
  • Industrial robot technology
  • Energy management
  • Further Analytical Maths
Entry requirements: 

BTEC Level 3 in Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent).

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading), the required minimum is:

  •  IELTS (SELT): 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components)
  • Or GCSE English A*-C or grade five and above
  • Or equivalent qualification. Please contact the Advice Shop for advice and guidance 

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the International Students webpage. 

Learning outcome: 

This programme is designed for Mechanical Engineering Higher Technicians working in Engineering or Maintenance. It extends the knowledge of those who have achieved a BTEC National Certificate/Diploma Engineering qualification and could be used as an intermediate step towards and Engineering degree programme.


This programme develops your knowledge, understanding, skills and awareness necessary to provide you with the potential to progress to technical, supervisory and managerial positions in Mechanical Engineering.


The programme is assessed by a mixture of assignments and project work.

Academic progression: 

Once you successful complete this programme you could progress onto further study including BTEC Level 6 Extended Diploma Electrcial/ Electronic Engineering.

It may provide opportunities of progressing to studies and/or membership of relevant professional bodies. The BTEC (Edexcel) HND programme is widely recognised by employers and professional bodies.

Career progression: 

After the course you may decide to progress to a Degree course or to continue your career.

Course fee per year: 
£4 500.00

Please see our Higher Education funding page for details of support available. 

For international students, please contact our International Student Adviser in the first instance. We also recommend you take a look at our International Students webpage. 

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Two years