HNC Level 4 in Mechanical Engineering (TU)

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.

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 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.

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 Involved

The HNC in Mechanical Engineering is delivered in partnership with Teesside University, based at the Darlington College campus.

This programme is a two year course based on attending one day a week.

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 HNC opens up the opportunity to progress to a Higher National Diploma or entry 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.

A well-established direct-entry route to Year 2 of BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering.

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 a technician in environments including maintenance, installation and design. The syllabus covers subject areas such as design, CAD and CAM, engineering materials, mechanical principles and manufacturing processes.

Units studied are as follows;

Engineering science,

analytical methods for engineers,

mechanical principles, manufacturing processes,

materials engineering,


Advanced CAD,

engineering design and business management techniques.

Entry Requirements

Level 3 Diploma in Engineering or a related subject and GCSE Grade 4+ in Maths and English.

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

Course Information
Qualification Type:
Level: Level 4
Awarding Body: Teesside Universiity
Academic Year: 21/22
Start Date: September 2021

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