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Mechanical Engineering Higher National Certificate (HNC)

Activate Learning
Course summary
2 years
Part time
Professional Training

Course description

Mechanical Engineering Higher National Certificate (HNC)

This certificate is awarded by Pearson.Build up your engineering skills and work towards becoming a professional engineer with this course.

Reading College has specialisms in mechanical control and design engineering so a student can develop in both or individual routes.  

The course will develop skills and knowledge that will allow you to bring together engineering elements in project based assignments related to the needs of the engineering sector.

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Suitability - Who should attend?

A typical offer would be a BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Merit or Distinction, with GCSE Maths and English C (4) grade or above/ Functional Skills at Level 2. A-levels in Maths, Science or IT.

Other entry routes

We will consider a range of alternative qualifications or experience equivalent to the typical offer. Contact us for details.

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable, by achieving a score in a recognised test such as:

  • British Council IELTS: normally minimum level 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in the reading and writing components

Course delivery details

You will experience a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements with a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills alongside the development of knowledge and understanding.

HNCs are recognised by employers and allow direct progression into employment. You will study with a teaching team of dedicated, experienced individuals who have expertise in engineering and professional development. You will develop a range of skills, techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and be able to make an immediate contribution to employment.

Reading College has specialisms in mechanical control and design engineering so students can develop in both or the individual routes.

Year 1 Units:

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • CAD for Maintenance Engineers

 Year 2 Units:

  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines
  • Quality and Process Improvement  

The HNC is an internationally recognised qualification for engineering technicians and will enhance your career prospects. For those wanting to upgrade to an HND, this should be discussed with their personal tutor at the end of a successful year one. 

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Activate Learning

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Activate Learning

Oxford City Centre Campus
Oxpens Road
OX1 1SA Oxford Oxfordshire

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