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 wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.
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.
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:
• Tuesday for Year One
• Monday for Year Two
• Thursday for Year Three
• Tuesday for Year Four
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:
• Dr Shee Meng Thai, course leader
• Ewen Constant CEng
• David Dawkins
• Dr Olusanjo Fadiya
• Dr Rae Gordon
• Dr Xiao Guo
• Matthew Jones CEng
• Rhian Kerton
• Dr Talal Maksoud
• Dr Paul Messenger
• Dr Colin Morgan
• Dr Joao Ramos
• Dr Fan Zhang
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.
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.
DD to include Mathematics or a Science subject
Grade D and D at A Level
BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass
Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level.
Pass Maths or Science Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes
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
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
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.
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.
This HND Mechanical Engineering qualification will help you build firm foundations for employment as a higher technician in industry.
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.