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BTEC HNC in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

  • 4

    Level 4

  • Duration
    2 years

  • Start Date
    September 2021

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2021, Part Time


This course is for individuals wishing to develop higher-level professional skills relevant to the mechanical engineering sector.

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

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a Level 4 qualification made up of 120 credits.

The programme team uses a combination of traditional classroom teaching, open learning and research-based experiential learning, laboratory experiments and demonstrations, industry standard IT applications and group activities.

The course comprises of mandatory and additional units.

The mandatory units are:
Engineering Design
Engineering Maths
Engineering Science
Managing a Professional Engineering Project
Mechanical Principles
Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines

The course team have selected the following additional units:
Quality and Process Improvement
Computer Aided Design (CAD) for Engineering

Please see Pearson website for further information, and the attached document for an outline of each unit.

Students will normally attend college one day per week for one and a half years.

Entry Requirements

BTEC Level 3 in Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent).

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. For International students we require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading), the required minimum is: IELTS Academic (SELT) 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components). Please contact the Advice shop for advice and guidance. International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the International Students webpage.
The programme is assessed by a mixture of assessments for example assignments and project work.


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


The BTEC (Pearson) HNC programme is widely recognised by employers and professional bodies. You may be able to progress onto an HND (Higher National Diploma) in Mechanical Engineering at City College Norwich (subject to sufficient numbers of students requesting to progress from their HNC qualification with us) or at other providers of higher national qualifications.

Career Progression

The course will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed for a variety of interesting and rewarding careers in engineering.


£750 per 15 credits plus a registration fee.