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HND in Mechanical Engineering (Edexcel)

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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 HND 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 FAQ page.

Achieve this Level 5 HND and you can progress onto the final year 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 three of their degree programmes (please check with the university you have in mind).

Check out some sample resources for this course.




To achieve the HND you need to complete the four core units and then select twelve optional units. If you possess a HNC then you will have already earned eight units. A minimum of six optional units must be at level 5. There are allowed rules of unit combination, as detailed in the official specification for the course.

Core Units

1. Analytical Methods (Maths)

2. Engineering Science

4. Mechanical Principles

3. Project design, Implementation and Evaluation

Group A

6. Health & Safety

7. Business Management for Engineers

8. Engineering design

21. Materials Engineering

24. Pneumatics & Hydraulics

41. Fluid Mechanics

42. Heat Transfer & Combustion

60. Dynamics of Machines

61. Engineering Thermodynamics

62. Strengths of Materials

69. Advance CAD

Group B

10. Manufacturing Process

13. Application of Machine Tools

14. Computer-aided Machining

15. Design for Manufacture

17. Business Improvement Techniques


20. Quality & Business Improvement

22. PLC’s

26. Employability Skills

27. Personal & Professional Development

28. Research Project

29. Work-Based Experience

30. Quality Assurance & Management

32. Industrial Robot Technology

33. Workplace Study & Ergonomics

35. Further Analytical Methods

36. Statistical Process Control

37. Management of Projects

38. Managing People in Engineering

40. Knowledge-based Systems (Al)

52. Energy Management

57. Mechatronic Systems

59. Advanced Maths for Engineering

76. Managing Individuals & Teams

98. Fabrication & Welding Technology

112. Computer Programming Techniques

138. Composite Materials in Engineering

151. Microprocessor Interfacing


Entry Requirements

Candidates will normally possess a HNC 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.

If you do not already possess a HNC then you must first study the HNC modules before you can study the HND. Please check with our admissions team.


HND in Mechanical Engineering (Edexcel):

If you already possess a HNC in this field then Plans 1 to 4 are applicable to you.

PLAN 1: Buy outright and save £1025 (Total: £3975)

PLAN 2: £856 now plus 4 consecutive monthly payments of £856 (Total: £4280 - saving £720)

PLAN 3: £464 now plus 9 consecutive monthly payments of £464 (Total: £4640 - saving £360)

PLAN 4: £250 now plus 19 consecutive monthly payments of £250 (Total: £5000)

If you do NOT have a HNC then you may pay reduced course fees for the combined HNC and HND using Plans 5 to 8 below.

PLAN 5: Buy outright and save £1985 (Total: £7475)

PLAN 6: £1628 now plus 4 consecutive monthly payments of £1628 (Total: £8140 - saving £1320)

PLAN 7: £880 now plus 9 consecutive monthly payments of £880 (Total: £8800 - saving £660)

PLAN 8: £473 now plus 19 consecutive monthly payments of £473 (Total: £9460)