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HND Mechanical Engineering

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
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West Suffolk College


18 months part-time.

Typical Offer: 

Successful completion of a relevant HNC.

Pleasee see Entry Requirements below.

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


The Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mechanical Engineering is offered as an 18 month part-time day-release programme. The part time course is structured to enable students to fit coursework around their work commitments. To enrol on the HND you must have completed a relevant Higher National Certificate (HNC). HND in Mechanical Engineering is designed to enable progression from HNC Engineering providing a nationally recognised award at level 5 for mechanical technicians who are employed at a professional level. The course will also provide opportunities for learners to develop higher level skills and a range of techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life, enabling application for professional recognition as an Incorporated Engineer. The units studied have been selected in association with local employers in a variety of industries, aiming to satisfy their future needs. The qualification aims to develop knowledge and skills in engineering that will allow graduates to make positive contributions to employers as fast as possible and so progress in a career. Successful completion will also enable entry to the level 6 progression route BEng (Hons) Engineering degree (1 year full-time or two years part-time) at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College or entry to level 6 of Engineering related degrees at other UK higher Education institutions.

Amy Barr has progressed on to the HND Mechanical Engineering and really is an excellent example of a young engineer who has talent, drive and determination. She is a role model for females wanting to study engineering. She works as a higher apprentice engineer full-time at Delphi Diesel Systems at Sudbury. Her company sponsor her to pursue her studies and she is aiming at graduating with a BEng Hons in Mechanical Engineering. Two years ago she won the Best Engineering Level 3 student Award and performed exceptionally well at levels 4 and 5 on her undergraduate HNC course. Amy has acted as a STEM Ambassador  in a local school showing local children the 3-D printer and components that her company manufacture.

As well as being a young engineering trainee at Delphi, she is also a member of the Fire-Fighting team and therefore does this on top of her main duties. As if this wasn’t enough, Amy is a Brownie Leader at Acton-Waldingfield and was recently the focus of a published article in the magazine “Guiding” (the Autumn 2015 edition pp40-43). In that article Amy stated quote: “I wouldn’t be the person I am today  without Girlguiding, as it gave me the confidence to go for anything that a boy could…”. Outside of work her interests are as varied as the skills she is evidently developing, she enjoys the guitar is a keen motorcyclist and is saving for her “Ducati Monster”……she also bakes cakes.

Amy says  the HNC 'has excelled me as a person in my professional writing and presenting skills not to mention my knowledge of applied math’s in engineering.  Its boosted my confidence to be able to talk to a large audience type as we have to do peer and teacher presentations and teach back what you have learnt. The course will open doors for me professionally allowing me to pursue my ambition to become a Quality Engineer at Delphi where I work. The teachers are amazing and the course director Michael Nelson has always been so supportive and all the teachers here make the time to know you and help you if you ever need any at all.'

Friday 10 March 2017 - HND Student Visits 10 Downing Street

10 current and 5 former apprentices, including Ben Chilvers (far right) who is on our HND Mechanical Engineering, were invited to celebrate the last day of National Apprenticeship Week 2017 at No 10 Downing Street with a tour and of course an obligatory photo opportunity on the steps of No 10!

Joined by Skills Minister Robert Halfon,
David Meller, Chair of the National Apprenticeship Ambassador Network and chair of the Apprenticeship Delivery Board,
David Hill, Director of Ap...prenticeships at DfE, and Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service.

All the apprentices thoroughly enjoyed the experience and sharing their highlights from the Week!

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.

The HND course consists of eight units that would normally include:

Further Analytical Methods
Fluid Dynamics
Engineering Thermodynamics
Design for Manufacture
Quality Assurance and Management

Fees and finance


  • Part-time Tuition fee: £771 per 15 credit module or £1,028 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information)


Subject to approval of maximum fee by parliament  

  • Part-time Tuition fee: £771/£1,028 per 15/20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information)

Further Information

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
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  • 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. See Course Costs.


    Entry requirements

    Academic Requirements

    Successful completion of a relevant HNC.

    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.