HNCD Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

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Course Overview

The Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mechanical Engineering allows students to achieve a qualification equivalent to the first two years of a degree. Taught by industry specialists dedicated to ensuring you acquire the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the sector, the programme offers the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the various aspects of engineering and related professional standards. If studying on a part-time basis, the programme encompasses 15 units delivered 1 day/week over three academic years: Year 1 - 5 units (Sept - Jun) Year 2 - 6 units (Sept - Jun) Year 3 - 4 units (Sept - Jun) Those wishing to study on a full-time basis can do so by studying units delivered 2 days per week over two academic years. For those not wishing to complete the full HND, there is also the option to undertake a Higher National Certificate (HNC) equivalent to the first year of a degree. This encompasses 8 units delivered 1 day/week over three semesters when studying on a part-time basis: Year 1 - 5 units (Sept - Jun) Year 2 - 3 units (Sept - Feb) From February 2024, applicants who do not wish to undertake a full HNC or HND but just to study a small number of individual modules from this course may apply to study between 1 and 4 individual module(s) taught as part of the HNC/D Mechanical Engineering programme on a standalone basis under the provisions of Pearson ‘HN Flex’. Timetables and attendance requirements for learners studying on a modular basis under the HN Flex programme will be dependent upon when those modules are taught in the academic year; further information can be provided by the course team upon request. Please note that HN Flex learners do not achieve a full qualification upon completion of their module(s), but will achieve a transcript of credit showing the modules completed and grades achieved. Learners wishing to study on a HN Flex modular basis should investigate funding options carefully, as many financial support mechanisms and student funding options are not available to those studying on a modular-only basis at this time.

Work Experience & Industry Placements

There is no requirement for work experience or a work placement within an Engineering company, although it is encouraged for those that have not currently employed in the sector. Using our excellent links with local employers we will always support you in finding a suitable placement.

Qualification Gained

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate or Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.

What Will I Learn

You will study a range of units that will develop your specialist knowledge and skills. Listed below are examples of units that are likely to be studied:

Higher National Certificate:
Engineering Design, Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Science, Managing a Professional Engineering Project, Mechanical Principles, Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines, Fluid Mechanics, Materials, Properties & Testing.
Higher National Diploma:
Research Project, Professional Engineering Management, Further Mathematics, Advanced Mechanical Principles, Virtual Engineering, Further Thermodynamics, Control Systems.

Please be aware that modules studied may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. Students can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in the course handbook.

Teaching Learning and Assessment

A typical week has around 10 - 12 hours of contact time in taught sessions, plus additional 1-1 support available by student request. As with all Higher Education programmes, students are required to take ownership of their learning and development and should expect to spend time studying and completing assessment tasks with independence outside of lectures.

Course Expenses

For full information about tuition fees please see the 'YCUC Fees' and 'YCUC HE Fees Policy', both available in the 'Policies and Reports' area of our website.

Please note there are no required additional costs for the programme. Although some students may choose to buy their own copies of certain key texts this isn't essential as relevant resources are available through the College's Learning Resources Centre.

How Will I Be Assessed

You will be assessed using a range of methods including presentations, assignments and practical assessments.

Feedback will be provided to you in writing, along with information reflecting your performance and recommendations for improvement.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements are 48 UCAS tariff points from two A levels or equivalent, BTEC Level 3 Diplomas, Access to HE Diploma, International Baccalaureate (with at least 24 points achieved), UCAS tariff points from Scottish Highers or Advanced Highers, UCAS tariff points from the Irish Leaving Certificate and Welsh Baccalaureate are generally accepted. It is highly recommended that these 48 UCAS tariff points come from an Engineering or Science-based discipline, however, applicants from outside of these specialisms with relevant experience will be considered. GCSE English grade 4 (C) (or equivalent) and GCSE Maths grade 4 (C) (or equivalent) is required. Owing to the significant mathematical complexity of this course, we particularly welcome a higher GCSE Maths grade eg. grade 6 (B) or above. GCSE Physics is also highly desirable. Applicants will be invited to attend an admission interview and will be advised of the criteria in advance. We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over as of 1st September in the academic year of admission) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. Please email university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk to find out more. International applicants will be required to evidence English language skills - this could be an IELTS score of 5.5, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component, a grade 4 in GCSE English (or equivalent), or having recently completed a Level 3 qualification taught and assessed in the English language. For more information, please get in touch. Entry Requirements for HN Flex learners may vary; for those wishing to study only Level 4 modules, they will be in line with the standard entry requirements listed here. However, for those wishing to study Level 5 modules on a HN Flex programme, evidence of appropriate study of that subject matter at Level 4 will be required. Evidence of previous study will be considered in line with the broad principles outlined in the College’s Assessment and APL-RPL Procedure, with professional judgment of a learner’s reasonable expectation of success on the programme being considered in line with the principles of contextual offers for mature learners.

How To Apply

Full-time: please apply through UCAS - www.ucas.com. (Campus name: Yeovil College University Centre; Institution code: Y25). There are different options depending on whether you want to study HNC or HND. If you are interested in studying part-time, please contact Yeovil College University Centre by calling 01935 845454 or emailing university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk. If you are interested in studying individual module(s) through the HN Flex provision, please contact Yeovil College University Centre by calling 01935 845454 or emailing university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk. Please note that entry points for HN Flex provision may vary throughout the academic year, dependent upon the module(s) an applicant wishes to study and when they are delivered; please contact the University Centre team for more information as to whether either Semester 1 (September) or Semester 2 (February) entry points may be available for your chosen module(s).