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UCAS Code
H305
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2021, September 2022

See how you'll be taught in 2021/22 in our Covid information for applicants.

Apply through Clearing

To start this course in 2021 complete this short form, call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Our Clearing hotline is open 10.00am–4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 10.00am–4.00pm on Fridays.

Overview

Working in engineering or a related industry and want to develop your knowledge and skills to take on roles as ambitious as you are?

On this HNC Mechanical Engineering course, you'll get to grips with the fundamentals of engineering sciences and management and learn how you can apply your skills to the industries you want to work in.

You'll spend 1 day a week on day release from your job at the Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine (CECAMM) at the Isle of Wight College. This brand new, £12 million facility, is packed with the latest tools, equipment and resources. You'll learn from experts, and apply what you learn to your job.

When you finish the course, you'll have new skills, knowledge and professional experience, backed up by a Higher National Certificate that could help you land your dream job or progress in your career. You could also continue your studies, for example, by topping up your HNC to an HND.

Location

This course takes place at the Isle of Wight College’s Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine (CECAMM). While studying at CECAMM, you can access our student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources. CECAMM is a £12 million specialist centre for engineering, offering specialised education and training, based in Whippingham on the Isle of Wight. 

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Develop the skills and knowledge you need to excel in business
  • Learn from experienced tutors, lecturers and business leaders
  • Build knowledge in subjects such as marketing, business finance, business law, data management, business strategy, organisational theories and human resource management
  • Work on a research project and put your knowledge into practice to demonstrate what you’ve learned
  • Study at the Isle of Wight College’s Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine (CECAMM)

Careers and opportunities

Our Careers and Employability service can help you with career planning and you'll get access industry contacts, careers events and recruitment fairs during the course.

After you finish the course, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Entry requirements​

HNC Mechanical Engineering entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – EEE
  • UCAS points – 48 points to include a minimum of 1 A level, a BTEC qualification in a relevant engineering discipline, or equivalent Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience will be considered (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – PPP
Selection process
  • All applicants will need to attend an interview.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Typical offers
  • A levels – EEE
  • UCAS points – 48 points to include a minimum of 1 A level, a BTEC qualification in a relevant engineering discipline, or equivalent Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience will be considered (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – PPP
Selection process
  • All applicants will need to attend an interview.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2021 start)

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £6,165

EU students – £6,165 (including Transition Scholarship)

International students – £17,600

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees. So you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £100 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Contact our Housing Support Team if you need help and advice about accommodation.

What you'll study on this HNC Mechanical Engineering course

Modules currently being studied

  • Analytical Methods for Engineers
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Management of Projects
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation

You'll also need to do around 120 hours of self-directed learning for each module.

Year 1

  • Analytical Methods for Engineers
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Mechanical Principles

Year 2

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Management of Projects
  • Materials Engineering
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation

You'll also need to do around 120 hours of self-directed learning for each module.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Academic skills support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Teaching​

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • group sessions
  • presentations
  • discussions
  • research
  • presentations
  • e-learning
  • tutorials

You'll spend 1 day a week at the Isle of Wight College's Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine (CECAMM). You'll also do work-based learning, in the form of practical activities, working with colleagues, and application of what you learn in the classroom.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks, which both include an assessment period:

  • September–January
  • January–May

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • observation
  • presentations
  • a portfolio
  • reports
  • exams
  • reflective accounts

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2021, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing updates and book a call back on results day.

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

 

To start this course in 2021, apply through Clearing by completing this short application form, calling our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or going to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing updates and book a call back on results day.

International and EU students

Clearing is open to all applicants. But if you'd prefer to apply without going through Clearing, use our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – H305
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

Apply for this part-time course using our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

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When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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