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UCAS Code
H305 / Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2019, September 2020

Apply through Clearing

To start this course in 2019 call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

Our Clearing hotline is open until 7.00pm on Friday 16 August, 9.00am–3.00pm on Saturday 17 August and 8.30am–5.15pm from Monday 19 August.

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 2-year, part-time 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​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

HNC Mechanical Engineering entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 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.

See the 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

Selection process
  • All applicants are subject to interview.

Qualifications or experience
  • 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.

See the 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

Selection process
  • All applicants will need to attend an interview.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £3,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

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

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

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Manufacturing Process
  • Materials Engineering
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation

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

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.

Learning 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 2019, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 4 September 2019.

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

When you apply, you'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – H305/Non-UCAS
  • our institution code – P80

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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