HNC Mechanical Engineering

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the mechanical engineering HNC 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.

This two year part-time Mechanical Engineering course is ideal if you’re looking to develop your skills and knowledge to progress. It has been developed alongside industry professionals, which ensures that you will gain the understanding and experience that employers are looking for. You will gain transferable skills in communication, problem-solving and team work, 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
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A

Engineering Mathematics 1
To provide students with the mathematical skills needed to solve engineering problems and to understand the relevance of mathematics in engineering.

Design and Manufacture
This will enable students to gain basic knowledge in engineering design and manufacturing and materials to acquire basic skills in workshop practice.

Mechanical Science 1
This will introduce students to engineering principles in the areas of static and dynamic.  You will investigate a number of major scientific principles which underpin the design and operation of engineering systems. This module will also provide an overview containing the basis for further study of specialised area of engineering.

Professional Engineering Techniques
This will equip students with key skills that will provide a basis for future personal and professional development, such as presentation and communication skills; basic research methods and the collection and presentation of data; academic and technical report writing and an introduction to personal and industrial health and safety issues

Measurement Systems
This will teach students to specify and select appropriate sensors for a range of engineering measurement applications; specify and design fundamental signal processing circuitry to convert raw sensor output signals to appropriate engineering quantities; and propose suitable arrangements for post-processing, storage, and transmission of measurement data.

Optional modules:

Thermofluids 1
This will give students a basic understanding of thermodynamic and fluid mechanic properties of both liquids and gases, and provide a firm foundation for work in engineering design and a basis for more advanced study.

Integrated Study Project
This will enable students to undertake a detailed study of an engineering problem and provide an opportunity to manage a project.



This mechanical engineering qualification includes around nine hours (part-time) 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 is through coursework and examinations.


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.
  • We have 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.
  • We also have a well-equipped Formula Student build area.


140 UCAS tariff points e.g. CD at A-level.
5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Mathematics and English language.
Applications are considered on an individual basis.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

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

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.