Level Five HND in Mechanical Engineering

The HND in Mechanical Engineering covers a variety of units which range from management and work based to advanced mathematics and mechanical principles. All of which enable our students to develop the skills needed to further their career within the engineering industry or through further education at degree level.

The HND in Mechanical Engineering is very highly regarded  in engineering and manufacturing sectors and is a great pathway for learners to integrate into the world of management within their chosen engineering field, while providing the opportunity to progress their degree in the subject.

What will I study?


  • Research Project
  • Professional Engineering Project
  • Advanced Mechanical Principles
  • Virtual Engineering
  • Further Mathematics
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat engines


  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Sustainability

How will I be assessed?

The HND is mainly a theory-led classroom-based course. Throughout the course you will be assessed in a variety of ways:

  • Written assignments
  • Scientific experiments
  • Presentations
  • Group work
  • Posters

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer the HE Assessment Policy and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

Most of your skills will be taught through delivered theory sessions, with support sessions underpinning your academic skills.

The course is designed to fit around work commitments and is delivered one day per week, over 18 months.

All programmes are led and taught by experienced teaching staff who are vocational specialists.  They are qualified, and often have extensive experience within the industry or the sector being studied. All teaching staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the awarding institute or body.  

Staff profile:  Laura Shakespeare

Laura is studying for a Masters in Education and has a background in industry and teaching Computer Science.  Her research interests are PLCs, robotics and computer hardware.

Staff profile: Andrew Ward

Andrew Ward has a BEng in Manufacturing Systems and a HNC in Mechanical and Production Engineering. He is apprentice trained with experience in number of sectors including Aerospace and Railway Industries. His main interests are in Lean Manufacturing, Mathematics, Computer Aided Design and Management. He has been teaching for eight years.

Entry requirements

  • HNC in Engineering
  • Relevant industry experience
  • College interview

A typical offer for this course would ask for the entry requirements to be met, however, all offers take individual applicants’ experience and qualifications into account. 

Accreditation of prior learning:

Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APcL) or work/life experience or other uncertificated learning (APeL)

What next?

Completion of the course can lead to the Level Five BTEC Higher National Diploma in Mechanical or Electrical and Electronic Engineering or other higher education such as the BEng (Hons) in various engineering subjects, such as mechanical engineering, mechatronics and robotics.

Additional information

This course is validated by Pearson.