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HNC Mechanical Engineering

The course was designed to strengthen students core knowledge of engineering principles and techniques and allow specialist project work in your own individual engineering area. Understanding mechanical engineering principles is essential for the design and manufacture of products used in all engineering industries. The greater your knowledge of engineering techniques the more you will be able to solve problems and create sustainable, efficient and durable design solutions.


The course has been designed for both full-time students wanting to develop a career in engineering and part-time students already working in the industry wishing to gain further knowledge and skills to progress their careers.

You can expect a challenging course that teaches you how to solve engineering problems through thinking creatively, designing innovatively and managing projects effectively.

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Start date: 19/09/2022

Course code
Level 4
Truro College
1 year
Higher National Certificate (HNC)
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Enjoy Our Fantastic Engineering Provision

Our engineering provision at the College is always expanding and in 2021 we opened the brand-new, £7m dedicated engineering and technology building on our campus at Truro College, featuring industry-standard equipment and software.

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Gain Experience with Modern Tools

By the end of the course will know what modern engineering tools are available to help you research the theory, apply computer modelling and understand modern manufacturing methods that can put your ideas into practice.

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Excellent Staff with Industry Experience

Our lecturing staff are all have extensive industry experience which means that you can be sure that what you are learning with us is relevant to your future career and prospects in whichever industry sector you pursue.


Initially, you will learn the mathematical and scientific principles that underpin the subject of mechanical engineering. These principles are then used to produce engineering designs and manage engineering projects in a professional way. You will also study advanced design analysis and manufacturing techniques that enable you to turn your engineering designs solutions into innovative, sustainable products and systems. More advanced methods are then taught that provide mathematical modelling techniques for optimising mechanical and thermodynamic systems such as power transmission mechanisms and heat exchangers.

The specific modules you will study include:

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines
  • Computer-Aided Design and Manufacture
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD) for Engineering
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As a result of studying Mechanical Engineering students can expect to start a career in a variety of different engineering sectors including manufacturing, utilities, power generation, process, aerospace, rail and automotive. Typical technician and engineer jobs roles will be suitable once you have completed your studies including design, research, testing, production, quality, operations, maintenance and project management. There will also be the opportunity to top up with the HND Mechanical Engineering at Truro and Penwith College which can then continue on to BSc/ BEng programmes at colleges and universities locally and regionally on successful completion of your studies.

Assessment Arrangements

Methods of study and assessment in this course include, essays, technical reports, project plans, worked solutions, presentations.

Entry Requirements

Completed Level 3 qualification and at least one of the following to meet a minimum of 48 UCAS points:

  • GCSEs in English grade 4 and Maths at grade 5 or above (or equivalent qualification)
  • A levels
  • BTEC National Certificate/Diploma
  • Access to HE
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Irish/Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers
  • An appropriate and equivalent level 3 qualification in a cognitive area

Additional Information

UCAS Course Code: H011

Duration: HNC 1 year full time, 2 years part time

Location: Truro

Awarding Body: Pearson

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