HNC Mechanical Engineering

If you don’t have the right qualifications to enrol directly on to the Mechanical Engineering degree, the HNC could be for you. The HNC provides a flexible route to degree study and is a recognised qualification in its own right. Once you complete the HNC you have the option to progress on to the HND Mechanical Engineering and then to the degree.

USW is the only provider of part-time engineering courses in Wales. This means part-time students can continue to work full time while attending university one day a week for their lessons.

The HNC Mechanical Engineering will help build a firm foundation for employment as a senior technician in a range of engineering sectors including aviation, defence, medical engineering, engineering management, manufacturing, and the automotive industry.

You will gain transferable skills in communication, problem-solving and teamwork, which will make you attractive to employers in other sectors. Successful completion will give you the academic qualifications required to gain EngTech status.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2022
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2023
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A

All three mechanical engineering courses – HNC, HND and BSc – share a common first year, so you will have the chance to work alongside engineering professionals from all areas of the industry, and share information and good practice. 

Year One: HNC Mechanical Engineering, full time

  • Engineering Mathematics 1 – 20 credits
  • Design and Manufacture – 20 credits
  • Professional Engineering Techniques – 20 credits
  • Mechanical Science 1 – 20 credits
  • Measurement Systems – 20 credits
  • Thermofluids 1 – 20 credits

Year One: HNC Mechanical Engineering, part time

  • Engineering Mathematics 1 – 20 credits
  • Design and Manufacture – 20 credits
  • Professional Engineering Techniques – 20 credits

Year Two: HNC Mechanical Engineering, part time

  • Mechanical Science 1 – 20 credits
  • Measurement Systems – 20 credits
  • Thermofluids 1 – 20 credits

On completion of the HNC, there is the opportunity to progress onto the HND and then to the BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree where you’ll be able to complete a major industry or research-based project.

Teaching

This mechanical engineering qualification is taught via 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.


The HNC timetable for 2019-20 academic year is as follows:


• Monday and Tuesday for full time students
• Tuesday for Year One part time students
• Monday for Year Two part time students

Assessment

The HNC mechanical engineering is assessed through coursework and examinations. Each module will include one or two 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, FEA and CFD, LS-Dyna, SolidCAM, Simul8, etc.), with a cluster (Super Computer) for use on high end computational activities.
  • Dedicated project rooms for all cohorts, access to laser cutter and a four-axis CNC router.
  • Composite manufacturing facilities, including autoclaves.
  • Additive manufacturing facilities (3D printing), laser scanner, wind tunnel, extensive material testing facilities, as well as laboratories with equipment for supplementing teaching in all core subjects, mechanics, dynamics, materials, thermodynamics, fluid-dynamics and control.
  • Non-destructive testing (NDT) facilities.
  • Access to technical staff in our workshops which include CNC machining centre, lathes and milling machine, drills, etc, for use on all project work undertaken.
  • Large open access multi discipline built area for projects.
  • Well-equipped Formula Student build area.

Lecturers

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Three GCSEs at grade C/Grade 4 or above, including Mathematics and English language. Applications are considered on an individual basis.

Typical A-Level Offer

DD at A level

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade D and D at A Level

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 Access with a minimum of 48 UCAS points

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 2022 - July 2023 Fees


  • Part-time UK:  £720 per 20 credits

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees


  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

UK students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK 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 and EU students

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

Admissions statement

Completion of this HNC mechanical engineering course can lead directly to a career or further study, such as our mechanical engineering HND or mechanical engineering degree. There are also a range of engineering sectors you could work in such as, design, manufacturing, research and development, production management and quality.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW 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.