HND Mechanical Engineering

This HND Mechanical Engineering qualification will help you build firm foundations for employment as a higher technician in industry. You will be prepared for a career in a range of sectors including aerospace, defence, automotive and engineering management. The HND Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and successful completion will give you the academic qualifications required to gain EngTech status.

On completion, there is also the opportunity to progress onto the final year of the University’s BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree where you’ll be able to complete a major industry or research-based project. If you achieve satisfactory grades in your assessments during your first year of study, you may be eligible to progress onto the second year of the mechanical engineering degree too.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 4 Years September Treforest A

Year One: HND Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Design and Manufacture
  • Mechanical Science 1
  • Thermofluids 1
  • Professional Engineering Techniques
  • Measurement Systems

Year Two: HND Mechanical Engineering

  • Instrumentation and Control Systems
  • Sustainable Engineering Design
  • Mechanical Science 2
  • Thermofluids 2 - Optional
  • Project - Optional
  • Production Processes - Optional
  • Fundamentals of Business Engineering and Management
  • Business, Safety and Employability (Distance) - Optional

Teaching

During your HND training, you will be expected to spend 18 hours per week in lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will also undertake practical work using specialist workshop and laboratory facilities. The time you are expected to commit to study may vary depending on your existing qualifications and previous experience.

Assessment

The HND mechanical engineering is assessed through coursework and examinations. Each module will include two or three assignments that you must complete in your own time.

Facilities

Our Mechanical Engineering facilities are excellent. They include:

  • Well-equipped computer rooms using state of the art (industry standard) design and analysis software. (SolidWorks, Ansys, LS-Dyna, SolidCAM, Phoenix, etc.)
  • Workshop with CNC lathe and milling machine, lathes and milling machines, drills, laser cutter, welding bay (MIG, TIG and electric arc) as well as a selection of hand tools.
  • Project room with laser cutter (plastics and wood), a four-axis CNC router and an augmented reality welding training simulator.
  • Composite making facilities, additive manufacturing facilities, coordinate measuring machine (CMM), laser scanner, aluminium casting facility, two wind tunnels, material testing facilities, non-destructive facilities as well as laboratories with equipment for supplementing teaching in mechanics, dynamics, materials, thermodynamics, fluid-dynamics and control.
  • Well-equipped Formula Student build area.

Lecturers

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

DD to include Mathematics or a Science subject

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

N/A

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass

Typical IB Offer

Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Maths or Science Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £620  per 20 credits.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

This HND Mechanical Engineering qualification will help you build firm foundations for employment as a higher technician in industry. 

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a HND Mechanical Engineering student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.