The general aim of this award is to develop the thinking, practical and personal skills of the student to the best of his or her ability. This is a two-year award suitable for students wishing to study on a full-time basis seeking a career in the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering profession at senior technician level.
The course units, outcomes and delivery:
Successful completion of the HND to a satisfactory standard will qualify students for entry to degree courses in related subjects within the UWTSD group. Careers that are directly related to this discipline include Mechanical Development Engineer, Mechanical Design Engineer, Production Engineer and Technical Sales. Mechanical / Manufacturing Engineers are employed by the manufacturing industry, service industries, the armed forces and research organisations.
Example course units include: Design and Manufacture, Electrical Technology for Mechanical Engineers, Professional Practice for Engineers, Engineering Mathematics 1, Mechanical Science 1, Thermo fluids 1, Materials, Project, Business, Safety and Employability, Thermo fluids 2, Mechanical Science 2, Engineering Mathematics 2, Instrumentation and Control, Engineering Design and Automated Technology.
Assessment is by means of assignments and end of module examinations. Students are also assessed in a range of common skills within their technical modules.
In addition to five GCSE subjects at grade C or above, preferably to include Mathematics, English and a Science, the following minimum criteria will apply:
GCE A/AS level, AS VCE single or double award, VRQ L3 Extended Diploma in an appropriate discipline, or a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent. Acceptable A level or equivalent subjects are Mathematics or a numerate Science such as Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Design Technology or Engineering.
Level 3 National Certificate/Diploma/Extended Diploma, typically in Mechanical Engineering. Grades PP/PPP respectively, to include a Mathematics module and an additional analytical module such as Mechanics or Environmental Science.
Top up from a Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering.
All engineering full-time courses which include mechanical, electrical/electronic/fabrication and welding and motor vehicle, are fully funded.
Additional learner costs are limited to registration fees (determined annually by the college) and a contribution of £30 towards the cost of personal protective equipment.
The learner will also be required to provide their own stationary and basic classroom equipment appropriate to their course (eg pens and a calculator).