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HNC Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

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West Suffolk College


One year full-time.

Two years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

60 UCAS tariff points (or above), CC (A-Level), MM (BTEC).


This course is delivered at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds.


Mechanical engineering is the field of engineering that combines engineering science, physics, and materials science principles to design, manufacture and analysis of mechanical systems. It is thought to be one of the oldest areas of engineering.

The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering course aims to:

•  develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and thereby enable learners to make an immediate contribution to employment at the appropriate professional level

• prepare for a range of technical and management careers in electrical, electronic or communication engineering equipping individuals with knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in the electrical/electronic engineering-based industry

• providing specialist studies relevant to individual vocations and professions in which learners are working or intend to seek employment in mechanical engineering and its related industries

• enabling progression to or count towards an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in electrical/electronic engineering or related area

• providing a significant educational base for progression to Incorporated Engineer level.

Most successful students usually find that targeting between 12 – 15 hours a week self-directed reading and researching is necessary.

During your day of attendance you will engage with lectures, practical lab experiences and tutorials. The combination of these experiences offer the structure of knowledge that you should further research and all of them are essential to your success.

The practical sessions will provide opportunity to reinforce the theoretical learning from lectures and tutorials. Maths is an essential aspect of an engineer's life and through this course you will have opportunities to strengthen your existing maths skills further.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Engineering Design
Engineering Science
Engineering Maths
Managing a Professional Engineering Project
Mechanical Principles
Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines
Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems
CAD for Maintenance Engineers

Career opportunities

This course prepares students for a range of technical and management careers in mechanical engineering it also enables progression to or count towards an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in electrical/electronic engineering or related area.

Student profiles

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £6,168 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £771/£1,028 p.a. per 15/20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)

Further Information

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

60 UCAS tariff points (or above), CC (A-Level), MM (BTEC)

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.