HNC Mechanical Engineering

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Personal Learning Accounts

Mode of Study
Mode of Study
Part Time Day

Crosskeys Campus



Start Date

Start Date


In a nutshell

Our HNC Level 4 Mechanical Engineering has been designed in consultation with industry and is intended to link to local industry as much as possible, both in its content and in the mode of attendance.

The aim is to produce a highly qualified and knowledgeable engineer who can meet the requirements of the world of work. This is a specialist vocational programme with a strong work related emphasis.

The course provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the sector and is nationally recognised by employers, plus allows for further study at degree level and beyond.

This course is available as part of a Personal Learning Account (PLA). PLA is an initiative from the Welsh Government which offers people the chance to access free, part-time courses with flexible and convenient learning that fits around their existing lifestyle (subject to eligibility).

This course is for...

... anyone aged 19+, living in Wales and in employment. The usual salary limit of £30,596 does not apply to this course.

… taking the next step in your career in the Engineering sector.

Course content

The course provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the sector.

You will study units including:

Year 1

  • Mechanical science 1
  • Design and manufacture
  • Engineering mathematics

Year 2

  • Professional practice for engineers
  • Materials
  • Thermofluids

You will learn through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions.

Learners will be assessed via coursework and examination.

Entry Requirements

You would usually need at least one of the following:

  • A relevant BTEC Level 3 profile of Merit/Merit
  • CC at A Level
  • CC grades at A Level plus C in Welsh Baccalaureate

Plus: GCSE passes in three subjects at grade C or above to include Maths and English Language (or equivalent).

Mature students with relevant industry experience who do not meet the academic qualifications will be considered individually via interview.

Additional information

You can progress onto a HND Engineering or a related Foundation Degree.

Employment opportunities can be found in a wide range of organisations from multinational firms to local companies. There are many exciting career options including:

  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Control and Instrumentation Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineer

You will attend college eight hours per week, 30 weeks per year.

Where can I study HNC Mechanical Engineering?

Crosskeys Campus

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Contact us on 01495 333777
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