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Mechanical and General Engineering HNC

Course Overview

This exciting part-time Higher National Certificate course is primarily intended to give students the opportunity to build on their qualifications to further their Mechanical and General Engineering careers. Studied over two years, the course content is directly relevant to the profession to enable students to make an immediate or on-going difference in employment.

What topics are covered?

This is a two-year HNC course comprising of four core units for general and6 core units for mechanical, with optional units to make up the balance to 10 units achieved by attending College for one additional day per week.


Core units include:

  • Engineering Maths
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
  • Engineering Science
  • Electrical or Mechanical Principles
  • Engineering Design

Specialist units include:

  • Thermodynamics
  • CAD/CAM Techniques
  • Material Properties & Testing
  • Electrical & Electronic Principles
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mechatronics
  • Digital Principles
  • Pneumatics & Hydraulics
  • Quality Assurance

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their skills in these vocational areas.

What are the entry requirements?

To join the course you will need:

  • AME Level 3 or
  • BTEC Level 3 or
  • 1 x A Level or 2 x AS Levels or
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • English and maths GCSE (full qualification) minimum Grade C/4

Mature students will be considered on an individual basis.

What qualifications will I gain?

HNC – Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering.

Who is the awarding body?


Who will be my tutor?

Fred Bumford

How will I learn?

A mixture of classroom, laboratory, and independent learning.

What hours will I be in college?

One day a week (day TBC)

How will I be assessed?

Work and progress is assessed by a range of methods, which may include assignments, projects, case studies and practical exercises. Employers may also be involved with project work and other assessments to help ensure that course content is up to date and relevant.

What can I do after this course?

Although this is a career-related qualification in its own right, students can improve their prospects and earning potential by progressing to higher level courses, such as HND in Mechanical and General Engineering.

The course aims to meet local industry needs, so possible career opportunities are varied. They include a range of technical and management careers in engineering.

How much does this course cost?

This HNC in Mechanical and General Engineering costs £2700.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs, only the course fees are applicable.

What funding is available?

You can apply for a loan to cover your tuition fees and a maintenance grant/loan for living expenses. To check if you are eligible for funding, please go to the Funding for HE Students page.

What facilities are available?

The course is delivered in classrooms and specialist engineering laboratories with appropriate engineering equipment and facilities necessary for the course.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Technology

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

You will be advised of individual requirements for the first day but you will need a scientific calculator, note-taking facilities and commitment to study.

What else do I need to know?

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you apply for your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.

The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check here for term dates.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

How do I apply?

You can apply for this course using our online form (click the ‘Apply’ button).

4 reviews for Mechanical and General Engineering HNC

  1. simeon.rowsell@bathcollege.ac.uk

    5 out of 5

    The course has been well delivered and the course leader has been great at resolving any issues.

  2. simeon.rowsell@bathcollege.ac.uk

    5 out of 5

    The course was delivered well and has given me skills that I will use in my career.

  3. simeon.rowsell@bathcollege.ac.uk

    5 out of 5

    Very well structured with good feedback on every assignment which were on interesting topics.

  4. simeon.rowsell@bathcollege.ac.uk

    5 out of 5

    Course was very well run by well qualified teachers delivering some interesting modules.

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