Mechanical Engineering (120 credits)

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Qualification type: Higher National Certificate (HNC)
Level: Level 4
Awarding body TU
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date Tues 11th Sept 2018
Duration 60 weeks
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Part time

Course overview

This course provides you with a programme of study over a range of disciplines to help you develop skills to progress your career through employment or further education at degree level. This is an award from Teesside University.

This course provides you with the skills and knowledge if you would like to work as a technician/technical engineer in mechanical engineering design, manufacture, maintenance and testing. The course combines theory and practical work with the focus being on industrial applications.

Course subject to viable numbers.

This course is currently being updated and some module elements may be subject to change.

Entry requirements
  • Engineering related Level 3 BTEC Diploma or Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A level qualification in mathematics or science.
  • For mature students with appropriate work experience a 'bridging' programme in mathematics may be required.
How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please complete the Teesside University Online Application Form. Once your application has been received you will receive an acknowledgement from Teesside University. Following this you will be contacted by either the course tutor or the Admissions Department at Darlington College with regards an interview.

Studying and learning

This course is delivered using a combination of practical sessions, lectures and tutorials. You will be required to complement your college based learning with self-study. The course requires you to complete the study of 8 units for the award of Higher National Certificate. Industry standard software will be used for CAD/CAM applications. Electronic resources will be available on VLE.

You will study a range of modules which will include Engineering science, Engineering Maths, Materials for Engineering and Project Management/ Engineering Skills.

How will I be assessed

You will be assessed via a range of integrated assignments, case studies, projects and tests throughout the year. All units are assessed and graded.

What next

This qualification allows progression onto degree level programmes or a foundation degree. You can also progress on to the HND Level 5 and then onto a BEng Tech (Hons) Degree.

A Higher National Certificate award opens up the possibility of a career over a wide range of engineering disciplines e.g.:

  • Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Project management

The qualification provides you with the opportunity to seek career development into senior positions in national and international companies and offers a clear route through to Incorporated and Chartered Engineering status.

Fees and funding

This course is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Darlington College.

Course fee is paid directly to Teesside. Full details of course fees are available from Teesside University.

All fees are per year.

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your course. Study now, pay when you are earning. See
for more details.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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