Course Name: HND Level 5 in Mechanical Engineering (TU)

Entry Requirements

Applicants to Higher Nationals should normally have the following or equivalent qualifications:

• HNC programme in appropriate engineering discipline.

• 3 x GCSEs grade C or above including maths

• 1 x A-Level pass or above in appropriate subject

International applicants will require a UKVI approved IELTS. Applicants should confirm with the individual college whether international students can be accepted on the course.

What's Involved

This programme in Mechanical Engineering provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge and competencies required in the engineering sector.

The programme provides a nationally recognised qualification offering opportunities for career progression and professional development for students in employment.

To support the students in their learning, the programme draws on experience and expertise from staff who are not only subject specialists but who also collaborate closely with industry to ensure that the programme meets industry needs.

Completion of the HND opens up the opportunity to progress with advanced standing on to an appropriate degree programme.

The BTEC Higher National programmes are nationally endorsed programmes for Engineering apprenticeship and supported by industry.

These programmes are recognised for their vocational nature and the inherent flexibility which allows the programmes to be tailored to meet local industry requirements. The programmes are designed using core modules to provide underpinning knowledge and elective modules to allow for flexibility in training needs.

The core project module allows the students the opportunity to use the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout the programme. Students are encouraged to choose a work-based project if they are employed in an appropriate industrial sector.

The programme is developed in-line with local industrial needs and advances within the engineering sector.

The colleges deliver fundamental engineering subjects to equip students to work as technicians in environments including maintenance, installation and design.

Course Assessment Method

The course assessment strategy is designed to test subject knowledge, independent thought and skills acquisition. The strategy also aims to be robust, equitable and manageable and incorporate both formative and summative assessment opportunities. The number and timing of summative assessments associated with modules is carefully considered to prevent assessment overload, which can discourage student engagement. The particular assessment strategies used by a module are selected to match the learning outcomes. The distribution of learning outcomes are considered to ensure all the programme outcomes are assessed. A variety of assessment tools are used to ensure the assessment strategy is equitable for students with a range of learning styles.

Assessment tools:

• Practical/laboratory reports

• Technical reports

• Simulation software for analysis and evaluation of designs

• Time constrained in class assessment

• Problem-solving exercises

• Written examinations

• Data interpretation exercises

• Analysis of case-studies

• Oral presentations

• Planning, conducting and reporting of project work

• Group work

Students are presented with an Assessment Schedule providing details of the submission deadlines for summative assessments. This is included in the programme handbook and individual module assessments are detailed in the module handbooks.

What's Next

HND can progress into an Honours Degree or into Engineering-based industry.

What if I Need Support

Students are encouraged to communicate and engage with staff delivering individual modules and ask for help, academic or pastoral, as and when required, allowing the University mechanisms to support them. Students are provided with support throughout their period of study and can access this whenever required form the various sources noted below.

Programme Leader:

A designated ‘Programme Leader’ who has responsibility for the programme at the college, including the different modules that the student may take across the programme. They liaise closely with the Module Leaders to ensure that the programme is well managed and balanced. Some examples of their responsibilities include:

• induction

• collating assessment schedules and distributing to students

• acting as referees

• processing applications for mitigation

• addressing disability support requirements, etc

Module Leader:

A designated Module Leader has responsibility for the individual modules according to their discipline or area of expertise. As these Module Leaders are often the first point of contact for students, they are instrumental to the seamless management of the overall programme.


The student will have access to a Programme Handbook and for each module a Module Handbook containing comprehensive information on how these structures are managed and linked. In keeping with innovative applications of information and computing technology in higher education, these documents are now available to students throughout the academic year and for the duration of their registration via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Student Programme Representatives

Student Programme representatives will be appointed who will be given the opportunity to feedback and raise issues on behalf of individuals or the whole cohort at scheduled programme boards throughout the year. Course boards will be held on-campus at the respective college(s).

Partner College students may use the University’s Library services in addition to those available from the College. The University Library collections and facilities complement those provided by the College. Only students who are fully registered as Teesside University students are entitled to access the University’s e-resources (including books, journals and databases) due to publishers’ copyright and licensing restrictions. For further information see

Course Information
Qualification Type:
Level: Level 5
Awarding Body:
Academic Year: 20/21
Start Date: September 2020

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