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HNC in Mechanical Engineering (Edexcel) (BTEC)

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HNC in Mechanical Engineering (Edexcel):

PLAN 1: £2960 £2250 including Edexcel registration fee and 7-day tutor support.

PLAN 2 £320 £310 now plus 9 consecutive monthly payments of £310. Total: £3200 £3100 including Edexcel registration fee and 7-day tutor support.

PLAN 3 £170 £160 now plus 19 consecutive monthly payments of £160.
Total: £3400 £3200 including Edexcel registration fee and 7-day tutor support.

PAY BY MODULE: £450 per module, including Edexcel registration fee and 7-day tutor support. Total course cost in this mode is £3,600.

We also accept card payments by telephone for pre-arranged amounts. To make such payments please telephone our administration team on 0151 236 1982. Thank you.


Course Overview

The course provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the mechanical engineering sector, and also offers particular emphasis through the choice of specialist units.

The HNC is a nationally recognised qualification offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment, and opportunities to progress into higher education. The qualification is primarily undertaken by work-based students via our online distance learning platform. Our courses have been approved by Edexcel since 2014.

There are no exams. Workbooks produced by the UniCourse team, hosted on our online learning portal, guide you through each of the modules. You submit assignments through your dedicated UniCourse DropBox account. For those who are suitably determined, this course can be completed within a few months. Many of the questions which potential students have about the course are addressed on our FAQs page.

Achieve this Level 4 HNC and you can progress onto our level 5 HND, or possibly year 2 of a BSc(Hons) degree with the Open University (click here for details). Many campus-based universities will accept this qualification as an entry requirement to year two of their degree programmes (please check with the university you have in mind).

Check out some of our sample resources below.

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To find out, read this short eBook.


To achieve the HNC you need to complete eight units in total. You undertake four core units, two specialist units, and then select two optional units.

Mandatory Core Units:

U1 Engineering Design

U2 Engineering Maths

U3 Engineering Science

U4 Managing a Professional Engineering Project

Mandatory Specialist Units:

U8 Mechanical Principles

U13 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines

Pick 2 of the following Optional Units:

U5 Renewable Energy

U6 Mechatronics

U7 Machining and Processing of Engineering Materials

U9 Materials, Properties and Testing

U10 Mechanical Workshop Practices

U11 Fluid Mechanics

U12 Engineering Management

U14 Production Engineering for Manufacture

U15 Automation, Robotics and PLCs

U16 Instrumentation and Control Systems

U17 Quality and Process Improvement

U18 Maintenance Engineering

U19 Electrical and Electronic Principles

U20 Digital Principles

U21 Electrical Machines

U22 Electronic Circuits and Devices


U29 Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems

U30 Operations and Plant Management

U31 Electrical Systems and Fault Finding

U32 CAD for Maintenance Engineers

U73 Materials Engineering with Polymers

U74 Polymer Manufacturing Processes

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Entry Requirements

Candidates will normally possess level 3 qualifications in this field. However, mature candidates who do not possess such qualifications, but have experience in the field, can also be accepted onto the course. Please check with our admissions team.

PLEASE NOTE: Edexcel courses are available to UK residents only.