HNC Mechanical Engineering - Level 4

Course Overview

The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Mechanical Engineering is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the Mechanical Engineering sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in engineering. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the Mechanical Engineering sector, BTEC Higher Nationals give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.

Course Requirements

All applications will be considered individually however offers will usually be based on:

64 UCAS points (those with 48 UCAS points will be considered for an interview)
BTEC Level 3 qualification (2 years) in relevant subject
Other related Level 3 qualifications
Normally 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (or numeric score of 4/5 under newly reformed GCSE grading), including maths or English
An Access to Higher Education Diploma in relevant area

Related work experience will be considered in place of formal qualifications

Course Assessment

Through written assignments, presentations and laboratory work.

Course Finance

Please contact the College for further information.Students may need to purchase text books.

Course Includes

Year 1 Units
Core Unit 2 Engineering Mathematics
Core Unit 3 Engineering Science

Specialist Unit 13 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines*
Optional Unit 11 Fluid Mechanics

Year 2 Units
Core Unit 1 Engineering Design
Core Unit 4 Managing a Professional Engineering Project

Specialist Unit 8 Mechanical Principles*
Optional Unit 30 Operations and Plant Management


BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificates (HNC) in Mechanical Engineering.

Course Potential Careers

The Level 4 BTEC Higher National Certificate provides a firm grounding in Mechanical Engineering and Professional Body membership, upon which students can build; should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage. For example the Level 5 BTEC Higher National Diploma allows students to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study. In addition, the qualifications may provide links to industry-related and employer-supported apprenticeship schemes that can provide further opportunities for enhanced employability.

Course Dates

Full-time over 1 year from September to July

Part-time over 2 years from September July

Email Contact

Examining Body

Pearson Edexcel

Hours Per Week

6 hours a week part-time, 12 Hours a week full-time.

Phone Contact

0161 886 7070

Programme Structure

The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Mechanical Engineering is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the engineering sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.


30 - 34 weeks