Mechanical Engineering HNC

UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2019

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.

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

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​

​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.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

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

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 £75 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.

​What you'll study

Units currently being studied

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

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

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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

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 mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

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

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Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

How to apply

Apply for this 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.

Not quite ready to apply? Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.