HNC Mechanical Engineering Vision West Nottinghamshire College (Vision University Centre Mansfield)


Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd


Mechanical engineering serves an important role in our everyday lives and in the function of engineering businesses. It encompasses the principles behind static and dynamic systems and materials used in manufacturing processes.

These courses will develop your knowledge of how to analyse and design mechanical systems, produce both 2D and 3D CAD files and manufacture them using CAM, and important business principles that mechanical companies requires.

If you’re undertaking further professional development or wish to pursue a career in mechanical engineering, then this course will suit you.

Typically the HNC takes two years, however prior units can be considered as accredited prior learning if suitable. Students will attend for one day per week, you will also need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to research and work outside the classroom.


This is an in-service course. Where students are not in employment, it will be the student’s responsibility, with support from the college, to find a suitable work placement.

  • Qualification

    Higher National Certificate - HNC

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Engineering Innovation Centre - West Nottinghamshire College

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    2 years

Course details



  • Computer-aided Machining (CAM)
  • Engineering Science
  • Advanced Computer-Aided Design Techniques
  • Analytical Methods for Engineers
  • Business Management Techniques for Engineers
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Materials Engineering
  • Engineering Design
  • Workplace Study and Ergonomics
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation

Assessment method

This course is assessed on 100% coursework. Typically, assessments will include a mixture of written work (e.g. reports, reflective pieces), portfolio, laboratory work/practical, CAD design/development and simulation/modelling.

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information

All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss qualifications, experience and other related issues.

In order to start this course, you will be expected to have successfully completed, or have evidence of working towards, at least 64 UCAS points, which is equivalent to:

- Two A Level grade C/grade 4 in appropriate subjects, one of which should be Maths.
- BTEC National Diploma at grade MM – with a distinction in Further Maths for Technicians and Mechanical Principles.
- BTEC National Extended Diploma at grade MPP – with a distinction in Further Maths for Technicians and Mechanical Principles.
- Alternatively, we will consider substantive experience in a relevant field.

Additional entry requirements


We normally require three GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above, to include English language and maths: English and maths at Level 2 are essential requirements.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 5.5 If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, we require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 5.5, at Level 6.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £3,500 Year 1
International £3,500 Year 1
England £3,500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £3,500 Year 1
Scotland £3,500 Year 1
Wales £3,500 Year 1

Additional fee information

ADDITIONAL COSTS: Every student is different, but as a rough guide you should allow for the following costs of study, on top of basic stationery and IT costs, per year: ESSENTIAL: Between £100-£300 on books Up to £100 on visits, events, etc. In addition, students may need access to equipment, hardware and some software outside college hours.