Mechanical Engineering HNC Overview
An HNC is the first level of Higher Education (Level 4) and completion of this course will allow for progression on to an HND (Level 5) and potentially a Full Degree programme. In addition, completion of a Mechanical Engineering HNC provides evidence that you have developed the knowledge and skills required to perform a number of the duties of a Mechanical Engineer in industry.
Our Mechanical Engineering HNC programme offers full Online Delivery and Assessment. This is a Distance Learning offer, but not in the traditional sense. Our teaching materials consist of Bite-size video tutorials and interactive practice questions. In addition, our Assessments can be completed and assessed entirely Online.
Studying by Distance Learning can be challenging. When you complete your HNC with us, this will be a real testament to your self-motivation, organisational skills, persistence and perseverance. These are additional transferable skills and personality traits that are highly desirable in the Engineering sector.
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Mechanical Engineering HNC Course Content
A BTEC HNC in Mechanical Engineering is an 8-unit qualification, made up of a combination of core and specialist units. To view the specification provided by the awarding body, please click the BTEC Edexcel image.
The Engineers Academy® BTEC HNC in Mechanical Engineering consists of the following units (specialist units subject to change):
Core Engineering HNC Units:
- Unit 1 – Engineering Design
- Unit 2 – Engineering Maths
- Unit 3 – Engineering Science
- Unit 4 – Managing a Professional Engineering Project
Specialist Mechanical Engineering HNC Units:
- Unit 8 – Mechanical Principles
- Unit 9 – Materials, Properties and Testing
- Unit 11 – Fluid Mechanics
- Unit 13 – Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines
Entry Requirements for our HNC in Mechanical Engineering
Although the Awarding Body for the Mechanical Engineering HNC does not set formal entry requirements, it is the responsibility of the centre delivering the qualification to ensure that students have a reasonable expectation of success on the programme.
Individuals from a range of backgrounds express an interest in Mechanical Engineering programmes. Some have academic qualifications and no formal experience, whilst others have worked as Engineers for many years, but do not have relevant academic qualifications.
In addition, studying via Distance Learning, particularly Online, can be vastly different from studying in a traditional manner.
For these reasons, we ask all applicants to complete relevant Bridging Courses prior to enrolment. These Bridging Courses are intended to enable the development of the analytical skills required for Higher Education programmes in Engineering. In addition, participation and completion of these Bridging Courses provides some assurance that students enrolling on to our HNC programmes are willing and able to engage with the course materials and the Study Platform.
To enrol on to our Mechanical Engineering HNC you should complete the following 2 Bridging Courses:
- Level 3 Essentials Maths for Engineers (40 hours approx.)
- Level 3 Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering (25 hours approx.)
These can be ordered as a discounted bundle below:
- Level 3 *MECHANICAL BUNDLE* (65 hours approx.)
Upon completion, you will receive certificates for the above Bridging Courses, which will entitle you to enrol on to our Mechanical Engineering HNC Programme.
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Additional Programme Study Requirements
You will be provided with full, unlimited access to the Engineers Academy Study Platform for the duration of your chosen HNC programme. In order to access the Study Platform, you will need an Internet connection and Internet access. In addition, you will need to have access to the following:
- A scientific calculator (Casio FX83GT or equivalent)
- A Laptop or Desktop Computer (for some activities a mobile device may not suffice)
- Microsoft Office 365 / LibreOffice software (or equivalent)
Note: You may also be required to register for additional subject specific software, but wherever possible, we will recommend software that offers free trials and / or student licenses.
I have just completed the mechanical engineering HNC. The course was brilliant and it flowed amazingly well. Tutor support was always on hand to assist with any problems.
Having completed distance learning courses before with the OU, I can honestly say that this set up made everything very easy and without question played a major part in me completing the course.
Big thanks to the whole team, great people with a great product.
Neil King –
Having struggled to attain an HNC previously, due to work commitments and employer changes, Engineers Academy succeeded in helping me to achieve the qualification I needed.
The combination of well presented videos, guidance from the tutors via phone, email and forums and reference documents, enables you to, within reason, work at a pace to suit you whilst working toward completion.
The assignments are well thought out with sufficient guidance and are suitably challenging. Prompt feedback on the completion of assignments helps to deliver a sense of achievement driving you on to complete the next unit.
The final project was engaging and interesting, having never experienced project management before it did seem to be an uphill struggle, but with guidance completion was achieved.
Josh Roberts –
Having completed the HNC in Mechanical Engineering , I can say that this has been one of the most interesting and enjoyable methods of learning I have experienced. The content has been presented in a clear and straightforward manner, and is available 24/7 with extremely dedicated tutor support . The flexibility that Engineers Academy provided whilst maintaining a full time role was essential for me. If you want to progress and gain relevant engineering knowledge with a pace that fits your world, then Engineers Academy is for you.
Mark Jelbert –
Having completed this course, it was very challenging to do whilst working it around work and family life. However the course structure is well placed for this and allowed me to learn at my own pace as life allowed. The instructor was very helpful and very punctual, answering any questions I had usually the same day. I will be completing the HND course as it is perfect for me. Good course and I would recommend it to others.
Scott Higgins –
Excellent course, the format for learning provided by Engineers Academy is excellent.
Andy was always available for help, advice and guidance.
Excellent course content and I would really recommend anyone considering this course to do it.
Thomas Martin –
Just completed my HNC with the Engineers Academy. It has been an incredibly rewarding challenge. You will have times you get stuck or need guidance which is to be expected during a level 4 qualification. Fortunately the support given throughout has been second to none, Andy and Jon are always on hand with super quick, easy to understand informative responses via email and nothing is too much trouble. The interactive platform that Engineers academy operates on is brilliant and has never let me down. The course is structured using video tutorials and then interactive practice questions to ensure you have understood the video content, this is also backed up with handy equation/information sheets. Once you have passed the practice questions (these are automatically marked by the platform) you are allowed to start the assessment of which there are generally 4 in each unit. Each of these are marked super quick with feedback given. You can also see the average mark for each set of practice questions and how you compare, I found this very useful for setting myself a target percentage or showing me the areas I needed a bit more practice. For example if I was at 60% and the average was 90% then I knew I needed to work on that particular set of practice questions a bit more. For me personally I found the easiest way to go about the qualification was to take notes from the videos and watch them until I fully understood the content. This method may take a little longer but I felt more time spent on the video tutorials and taking notes paid off when completing the practice questions and assessments. I did put in a lot of hours, sometimes I was over 30 hours a week towards the end of the qualification (madness, I know) but I needed to get it finished as quickly as possible and wanted the distinction grade which inevitably entails more work. This enabled an overall distinction grade in about 8.5 months. Just to add the bridging modules are so important in setting you up for the HNC and make understanding the HNC content a lot more straightforward, I have reviewed these separately. I cannot recommend these guys highly enough if you are looking to gain your HNC, best decision I ever made.
Fraser McColl –
I started my HNC with the engineers academy in April 2020. Having not been in any sort of academic setting for years I was very apprehensive but I needed this qualification for a promotion. The support given by Andy throughout was fantastic. It took me a while to figure out the best way to handle the course. I found taking my time and writing as much info from the videos down as possible and using any incorrect practice questions to better understand where I went wrong.
Andy was great at explaining and guiding me through anything I didn’t understand without just giving the answer.
The main aim for me was speed, as such I put as much spare time as I could into the course. Some weeks, I had over 20 hours study time. I slowed down towards the last 2-3 units but still managed to achieve a merit overall in just 9 months. For this reason alone I would highly recommend the course. You really do get out what you put in.
Overall the course is great. I did come across a couple of errors within the course but Andy quickly rectified these after I brought them to his attention. The layout of the course is spot on. At first it seems a little daunting, I struggled through the bridging course using just the videos to attempt the coursework. Once you figure out the best way to make the study material work for you, you can make progress very quickly whilst still learning a lot. I particularly enjoyed the use of renewable energy examples and scenarios. As this is becoming more and more relevant in todays world.
I would highly recommend Engineers academy to anyone thinking of undertaking distance learning.
Graham Mills –
I began considering an HNC in mid-2018. Some research turned up six or so options for a Mechanical Engineering HNC by Distance Learning, the DL part being essential for someone with no option for full-time study. But almost all of them said, in a nutshell, “Yes you can study with us, but first you need all these other qualifications, which will take years to achieve on their own.” The Engineer’s Academy (EA) was the only option that took a sensible approach to course prerequisites. Completing the two bridging courses was all that was needed. I have reviewed those courses separately and hold them both in high regard.
This HNC is structured in much the same way as the bridging courses, with each topic covered thoroughly and blending neatly into the next part, where applicable. Each step is manageable, with just the right degree of challenge, which is a hard balance to find: ask too little and people won’t feel like they’ve achieved anything; ask too much and they’ll get despondent with the whole process. In both the practice questions and the graded assessments, EA provides students with just the right level of challenge. It is important for students to understand the elements covered in the lessons, but also to be pushed to expand upon their understanding using their own initiative.
I like to refer back to a school Maths class as a juxtaposition to my experiences with EA. Back at school I had a teacher who would put a sheet on the overhead projector, say to us “Copy this!” and then sit reading her book while we frantically scribbled down a bunch of stuff we didn’t understand. This and other experiences put me off education almost entirely, whereas EA has opened up a whole new way to learn and helped me to bury the anxiety I had about returning to education. The lessons never take steps that are too large to follow; every single bit is explained and perfected through practice. It’s a truly refreshing experience and I’d recommend anyone hesitant of returning to education (as I was) to dive in and see how you get on. It’s changed my perception of my own potential.
Topics covered include materials and their properties, mechanical principles such as how forces are applied to components and how to calculate the affects of these forces, fluid dynamics, plus the Maths and Science aspects of all of it. Want to know why heating steel can change its strength? Or how to calculate the force needed to drag an object up a gradient? Or how much cross-sectional area a support structure needs? These sorts of considerations are all around us, from the thickness of chair legs to the number of cables needed for an elevator, and it’s been immensely beneficial to learn how it all works.
Looking back to those early days of research just one year ago, it’s hard to believe that I’m now several units towards an HNC qualification. Without Andy and his work on this excellent platform, I wouldn’t be here and I’d still be going nowhere in life.
Philip Gowers –
Having already completed the first few subjects of the Mechanical Engineering BTEC HNC with Engineers Academy, I have only positive words about the structure of the course, the content, and online portal in which it is run.
The content is aimed directly at gaining key knowledge and understanding of fundamental concepts, and applying it to real world engineering problems in the course assignments / assessments.
I look forward to my continuing study, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is contemplating studying an Engineering HNC.