HNC Mechanical Engineering by Flexible open learning


This is an award of Teesside University delivered under licence from Edexcel by Teesside University Open learning.

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Mechanical Engineering by flexible open learning provides you with a programme of study over a range of disciplines to help you develop skills to progress your career through employment or further education at degree level.

The course is designed for learners who wish to work as technicians/technician engineers in mechanical engineering design, manufacture, maintenance and testing. It has been developed in consultation with local industry, and combines theory and practical work with the focus being on industrial applications.

What you study

You study eight units chosen to cover the range of needs of local and national industries and business.

The HNC provides a sound understanding of all key principles including core modules in Mechanical Principles, Analytical Methods, Engineering Science and a project. Further specialist subjects may include and Materials engineering.

How you learn

You are provided with a self-contained comprehensive study pack for each of the modules. Each module consists of a folder or folders containing a series of lessons grouped into topics. Each lesson has an introduction, your aims, study advice, self-assessment questions and a summary.

It is important that you realise that open learning study requires a considerable degree of self-discipline. You must be prepared to devote both time and effort to studying not withstanding other distractions that may be present.

Each module is supported via e-learning

How you are assessed

Assessment is by a range of integrated assignments, case studies, and projects completion of these assessments is negotiated with your module tutor.

Professional accreditation

The HNC programme is a nationally recognised qualification awarded under licence from Edexcel

Career opportunities

Students who complete this course can progress to a Higher National Diploma or directly into the second year of an appropriate degree at the University.

A higher national certificate award opens up the possibility of a career over a wide range of engineering disciplines, for example design, manufacturing and project management.

The qualification provides you with the opportunity to seek career development into senior positions in national and international companies.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a BTEC National Certificate in a similar or related discipline or GCSE A level qualifications in mathematics or science. Relevant engineering experience will also be considered.

For mature students with appropriate work experience a 'bridging' programme in mathematics may be required.

For additional information please see the undergraduate and postgraduate entry requirements in our admissions section

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