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.

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.

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
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
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 (optional*)
  • Integrated Study Project – 20 credits (optional)

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 (optional*)
  • Integrated Study Project – 20 credits (optional)

* Please note, if you want to continue on to the HND or BSc Mechanical Engineering, you will need to choose the Thermofluids 1 module.

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 timetable for 2018-19 is as follows:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays for full time students
  • Tuesdays for part time Year One students
  • Thursdays for part time Year Two students

Assessment

Assessment is through coursework and examinations.

Accreditations

Facilities

Facilities for our HNC Mechanical Engineering 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.

Lecturers

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

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 2019 - July 2020 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

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.