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HNC General (Mechatronic) Engineering Yr 1/2

Course code: FKAU100P

Subject area: Engineering

Study level: Undergraduate

Course level: 4

Course details

9:00am - 7:00pm


5th Sep 2022 - 2nd Jul 2024

Abingdon Campus

Contact details

01235 555 585

This two-year, part-time course delivers a nationally recognised qualification covering a range of engineering subjects to further progress engineering careers, not only in the field of mechanical engineering, but electronic engineering as well. Learning experiences are delivered in the form of lectures, skills development, discussions and tutorials.

This HNC will provide an educational foundation for mechanical and electronic careers in engineering, joining integrated studies in the field of engineering design, automation, robotics, PLC and control systems. The course is directly relevant to individual vocations and professions, as well as developing a students’ ability in engineering through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme.

You will have access to the latest software including AutoCAD, Solid Works, LadSim, Siemens Step 7, MultiSim etc. Students will develop a range of skills, techniques, and personal attributes essential for successful performance in the workplace.

Over the two semesters per year, from September to July, students will take part in lectures, seminars, project work, and directed activities to promote independent learning along with workshops and tutorials.

Class sizes can vary year to year but will typically have 10 – 25 students. All staff delivering on the course have a minimum qualification at Level 6 or above and substantial experience working within a relevant engineering or technology sector.

Students who attend the HNC programme will be expected to attend college for the equivalent of one day per week over two academic years. Students can expect to receive their course timetable within two weeks prior to the start date or during their induction week in September. You will be supported through group and individual tutorials and our HE upgrade sessions by your course tutor.

Although the course is one day per week, there is a substantial amount of self-study required in order to be successful on this programme.

This course is validated by Pearson.

Year 1 Units:

Unit 1: Engineering Design

Unit 2: Engineering Mathematics

Unit 3: Engineering Science

Unit 19: Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Year 2 Units:

Unit 4: Managing a Professional Engineering Project

Unit 8: Mechanical Principles

Unit 15: Automation, Robotics and PLC

Unit 16: Instrumentation and Control Systems
The course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment within Mechanical Engineering. Critical to this programme is the opportunity for learners to combine academic knowledge with real life engineering scenarios.

Using the subject-specific knowledge and transferable skills acquired on this course, you may choose to enter employment directly or pursue Higher Education. Successful achievement of this HNC allows you to progress on to study additional modules to achieve a Higher National Diploma.

Recent graduates have also achieved prosperous careers in research and development, design and management, and technical sales and production.
Entrants to the programme should normally meet the following entry requirements:

4 GCSEs including Maths or English Language at 4/C or above, plus one of the following:

• 1 A Level pass in either Maths or Physics (or closely related subject) OR
• BTEC Extended Diploma/Level 3 Diploma in a relevant Mechanical Engineering qualification. It would be advantageous if students have achieved a merit in the Further Maths unit
• Any other qualification deemed equivalent.

English Language Requirements (For students whose first language is not English): IELTS 6.0 (with 6.0 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking). All students must meet UK visa and immigration requirements.

We include students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties into the life of the College and seek to offer opportunities for success in all courses at all levels. If you have any particular requirements, please contact our Learning Support Adviser on 01235 216440.
Home/EU tuition fee is £3,000 per year. International fee available on request.

Whilst all core text books are available in the College and University libraries and online, students may wish to purchase their own copies. Prices of core-text books range from £15.00 - £55.00 (correct at time of publication).

You can find information on our fees and on Advanced Learner Loans at

16 - 18 Fee

19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £3,000.00

19+ Reduced Fee

Level 4 Higher National Certificate Engineering.
There are many different methods of learning on this course. The teaching is a combination of theory and student centred activities where formative feedback is provided to support elements of the assessment.

A variety of assessment methods will be used, including the submission of written reports, delivering individual and group presentations, completing time-constrained assessments, simulation exercises, role play, exams and in-class tests and submission of portfolios.

Formal assignments will be returned to students within three weeks of the submission date.
Students will be provided with an educational foundation for mechanical careers in Engineering. Students’ ability in Engineering will be developed through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme. Students will learn a range of skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for successful performance in an engineering environment.