Mechanical Engineering

*Subject to conditions

Delivered at Nelson and Colne College University Centre
Start Date September 2022 / January 2023 start dates available
Mode Full-time or Part-time
Duration 41 Weeks
Cost £8250 Full-time or £4125 Part-time

* The fees charged on your course will not rise by more than inflation during your studies but the College reserves the right to increase fees annually by not more than RPIX (Retail Prices Index excluding Mortgage Interest).

If your studies are to be funded by your employer or as part of an Apprenticeship then different rates may apply, please enquire for details.

Course overview

This is a programme leading to Higher National Certificates (university first year equivalent) awarded by Liverpool John Moores University with the following titles.

  • HNC Engineering
  • HNC Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
  • HNC Aeronautical Engineering
  • HNC Electromechanical Maintenance Engineering
  • HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • HNC Mechanical Engineering

All pathways provide a broad-based grounding in Professional Engineering. Each named pathway has a focus on the skills needed to by the specialism in its title, and the Engineering pathway allows students to mix and match modules from the other pathways to suit their own preferences or employment needs.

All awards are available through full-time or part-time study and timetables are designed to minimise the number of times that a student would need to travel to College.

It is not necessary to select your pathway at the time of application, this can be selected later in discussions with the programme team.

What will I learn

The modules for the HNC Mechanical Engineering are:

Mandatory modules:

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Design and Project
  • Thermodynamics, Heat Pumps & Engines
  • Mechanical Principles

In addition to the mandatory modules, students will take one option from the following list:

  • Computer Aided Design
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Engineering Materials

Candidates should note that the College reserves the right to update the programme periodically and that the offer of option modules is dependent on staff availability and students numbers.

How will the courses be assessed?

There are no formal examinations on this programme. Assessment is by a mixture of written assignments, practical work, presentations and online tests.

Entry requirements

Candidates are selected on the basis of their ability to cope with and benefit from the programme. Their suitability can be demonstrated either through previous educational achievement or through experience and aptitude.

Admission by prior qualification will normally require a minimum 32 UCAS Tariff points with the majority of the points gained in engineering, mathematics or science subjects. Typically, points can be derived from:

  • One GCE A level or Vocational A level pass or equivalent
  • Two AS level passes
  • BTEC National Diploma/Certificate
  • Other qualifications such as Scottish Highers, Welsh Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificates,
  • International Baccalaureate, with the required UCAS points
  • A pass in a recognised Access course
  • Equivalent Scottish or Irish qualifications

GCSE, not Functional Skills, Mathematics is also required unless the candidate has achieved a qualification at Level 3 that has appropriate Mathematical content.

Admission by experience and aptitude will be based on the length and type of the candidate’s employment experience and his/her ability to demonstrate an aptitude and enthusiasm for the subject. As part of this process, candidates may be required to undertake aptitude tests and/or to provide personal and/or employment references.

The Mathematical and Scientific content of this programme is extensive and, irrespective of the candidate’s ability, cannot be learned quickly enough to enter without prior knowledge in these areas. Candidates who can demonstrate the required level of ability but not the necessary prior knowledge may be offered places conditional on the successful completion of specified additional learning prior to admission.

Candidates whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate English Language competence equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or higher.


Students who successfully complete this award may progress to top it up to a Level 5 Higher National Diploma by one additional year’s full-time study (or its equivalent part-time).