Undergraduate study
Engineering

Mechanical Engineering by Flexible Open Learning
HNC

 

Course overview

This distance learning mechanical engineering HNC course is for learners who wish to work as technicians/technician engineers in mechanical engineering design, manufacture, maintenance and testing. Developed in consultation with local industry, it combines theory and practical work with the focus being on industrial applications.

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) 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. This is a Teesside University award delivered under licence from Pearson by Teesside University Open Learning (Engineering).

Application dates

  • Ongoing

Professional accreditation

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

 

Course details

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 Materials Engineering.

Course structure

Core modules

Engineering Design

The aim of this module is to give you an opportunity to experience the process of carrying out a design project. It will enable you to appreciate that design involves synthesising parameters which will affect the design solution.

Engineering Maths

We help you develop the fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques needed to successfully complete the core modules of Higher National Engineering programmes. We provide you with the knowledge needed for further study of analytical methods and mathematics, required for more advanced option modules. You explore fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems at Higher National level. On the HNC programme this is your first module.

Engineering Science

You investigate a number of mechanical and electrical scientific principles which underpin the design and operation of engineering systems. This is a broad-based module, covering both mechanical and electrical principles. You gain an overview which provides the basis for further study in specialist areas of engineering.

Fundamentals of Thermodynamics & Heat Engines

The majority of the engines used in the world today to generate power or to provide transportation are either gas turbines, steam systems or internal combustion engines, all of which use thermodynamic processes to generate the power required. We introduce you to the principles and laws of thermodynamics and heat transfer and then shows how they can be applied to engineering systems. You explore system definition, the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and the application of the non-flow and steady flow energy equations using the ideal gas equations and steam tables. You learn about the different mechanisms of heat transfer and looks at the performance of heat exchangers before concluding with an investigation of heat engine cycles, principally those used in the internal combustion engines.

Managing a Professional Engineering Project (TUOLE)

We introduce you to the approach required to identify the best solution to a specified engineering need. You learn about some of the core tools and methodologies available to engineers to maximise their chances of bringing an engineering project to a successful conclusion; meeting the specification, on cost, on time and performed in an ecologically and ethically sound manner. We help you achieve this by guiding you through the management activities needed to deliver a major engineering project without any requirement for you to consider the details of the design solution itself; the analysis you undertake in this module will relate to the management of the project rather than the detail of the engineering design solution. While carrying out this activity, you also consider the duties and responsibilities of a professional engineer working in our society.

Mechanical Principles

This module covers a range of mechanical principles which underpin the design and operation of mechanical engineering systems. It includes aspects related to strengths of materials and mechanics of machines. You develop a firm foundation for work in engineering design and as a basis for more advanced study.

 

Optional modules

Applications of Pneumatics and Hydraulics

We provide you with the knowledge and understanding of fluid power systems in modern industry by
investigating pneumatic and hydraulic diagrams, examining the characteristics of components and equipment, and evaluating the applications of pneumatics and hydraulics.

Fluid Mechanics

You are introduced to the basic principles of fluid mechanics. You explore properties of fluids and different types of flow, and the underlying principles and theory of fluid mechanics in lectures. You look at worked examples in tutorials and laboratory work to enable practical investigation.

Heat Transfer and Combustion

This module is intended to develop students’ knowledge of principles and empirical relationships to enable them to solve practical problems involving heat transfer, combustion and the specification of practical engineering equipment.

Materials Engineering

The aim of this module is to provide you with basic background knowledge and understanding of the properties, selection, processing and use of materials.

Programmable Logic Controllers

This module investigates programmable logic controller (PLC) concepts and their applications in engineering. It focuses on the design characteristics and internal architecture of PLC systems, the signals which are used and the programming techniques. You produce and demonstrate a programme for a programmable logic device.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

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 alongside other commitments you may have.

Each module is supported through e-learning @tees.ac.uk

How you are assessed

The module leaning outcomes are assessed through tutor marked assignments (TMAs). Some of the units also require practical work - we provide additional software and/or practical kit for this. After you have completed the assessment for a module, your tutor will arrange an exit interview which enables them to authenticate your work and confirm the grade. These interviews can be done in person, by phone or Skype.

TMAs are a means of continuous assessment. They contain a series of questions which can be used to satisfy the learning outcomes of the module. The TMAs for the module are available to download from the module online elearning site.

All completed answers for the TMAs should be submitted through the online site, elearning@tees. Your module tutor will grade your answers and provide feedback through elearning@tees.


Our Disability Services team helps students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should have three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including maths, plus one of the following:

  • at least one A level in an appropriate subject
  • BTEC National Certificate in an appropriate engineering discipline
  • BTEC National Diploma in an appropriate engineering discipline
  • Access to HE in Engineering
  • any other Level 3 equivalent UK or international qualification in an appropriate subject


If you already have qualifications at Level 4 (or above) and you wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) then use the link here.

The maximum registration period to complete a HNC by open learning is five years. You are required by the award regulations to successfully complete at least two modules (30 credits) in each year but it is possible to complete a HNC in a shorter period by successfully completing more than two modules a year.

Bridging module
There are bridging modules available. A Level 3 maths bridging module Foundation Mathematics for Engineers.

References
We don't require references if you are applying to study through open learning.

Certificates
You must include your qualification certificates when applying. We look for a Level 3 maths qualification such as an AS level, BTEC, NC or equivalent for direct entry to the HNC.

English language requirements
If English is not your first language and you haven't undertaken your final two years of schooling in English, you must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels below:

  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level B2
  • GCSE English language grade C
  • PTE 51
  • IELTS 5.5 - reading and writing must be at 5.5 (or equivalent).

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


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
Find out more about RPL

 

Employability

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. Please note the degree is not offered by distance learning but most are available on day release attending the University on a weekly basis.

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.

 

Fees

Course costs
For a Higher National Certificate (HNC) you study eight modules at £495 for each module. For the Higher National Diploma (HND) you study a maximum of 16 modules, again at £495 each. You usually pay for one module at a time. Some modules are subject to availability.

If you join the course having completed no appropriate HNC modules previously, the total cost of an HNC is currently £3,960 for the eight modules required and an HND is another £3,960 on top of this for the additional eight modules you will need to study. All payments for modules must be made through the Online Shop. The link will be provided in your offer letter.

Supplementary materials
Practical kits - several of the electronic modules require practical work to be done. Teesside University open learning in engineering has developed practical kits to enable you to complete this work at home. If you are studying directly with us you are loaned these kits as required for no extra charge (except for the return postal costs).

Software - some HNC modules require you to use specific software. Wherever possible we use free software that can be downloaded once the module is paid for. For example Business Management Techniques requires Microsoft Project and Engineering Design requires AutoCAD.

Student loans
Home students may be eligible to apply for a student loan using the student finance website - click on ‘apply online for student finance’.

Search for Teesside University and the course title for the month you wish to start your studies and apply for a loan of £990 only to cover the cost of the first two modules. You must not select the maximum allowance option. If you study more than two modules within your year, the University will issue the Student Loans Company with an electronic change of circumstances request for an increase in your tuition fee loan. Please note you must apply each year for your next student loan - for example, if your loan starts in May 2017 you will need to apply again in May 2018 for that year.

When you receive your letter of confirmation from the Student Loans Company, please email it to us at tuole@tees.ac.uk before the start of your course. Please note that the foundation modules (if applicable) are not covered by this loan.

We are an ELCAS provider, provider number 1691.

 
 

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2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£3,960 (120 credits)
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  • Length: 2-4 years
  • Attendance: Distance learning
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