HND Mechanical Engineering

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

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.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
73HH Full-time 2 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
73HH Full-time 2 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 4 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: HND 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 Two: HND Mechanical Engineering, full time

  • Mechanical Science 2 - 20 credits
  • Thermofluids 2 - 20 credits
  • Production Processes - 20 credits
  • Instrumentation and Control Systems - 20 credits
  • Sustainable Engineering Design - 20 credits
  • Fundamentals of Business Engineering and Management - 20 credits (optional)
  • Project - 20 credits (optional)

Year One: HND Mechanical Engineering, part time

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

Year Two: HND Mechanical Engineering, part time

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

Year Three: HND Mechanical Engineering, part time

  • Mechanical Science 2 - 20 credits
  • Thermofluids 2 - 20 credits
  • Production Processes - 20 credits

Year Four: HND Mechanical Engineering, part time

  • Instrumentation and Control Systems - 20 credits
  • Sustainable Engineering Design - 20 credits
  • Fundamentals of Business Engineering and Management - 20 credits (optional)
  • Project (HNC/HND) - 20 credits (optional)

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


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 HND timetables for 2019-20 are as follows:

• Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for full time students
• Tuesday for Year One part time students
• Monday for Year Two part time students
• Thursday for Year Three part time students
• Tuesday for Year Four part time students


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


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.


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


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/Grade 4 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.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13500 

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • 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.