Professional engineers are at the forefront of developing new ideas in an ever changing world and are highly valued within industry. They form the backbone of research and development in their respective fields, as well as being inspiring leaders of teams and projects.
Level 4 Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificates provide a globally recognised qualification, offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment, as well as opportunities for students to progress into Higher Education.
The course runs for two years, with each academic year lasting 33 weeks. All teaching and delivery is based at Kendal College, one day per week.
The first year contains 4 common units, to allow learners to switch to Electrical Engineering in the second year, if required:
- Engineering Design
- Engineering Mathematics
- Engineering Science
- Computer Aided Design and Manufacture
The second year contains 2 common units, and 2 units specific to Mechanical Engineering:
- Managing a Professional Engineering Project
- Quality Process Improvements
- Mechanical Principles
- Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines
You will develop the mathematical principals and theoretical knowledge to progress in the sector and have access to specialist software to enable you to design and build. You will be based in our new Engineering & Construction Centre, utilising our CAD suite & mechanical workshops.
All units are assessed through assignments or practical investigations; there are no formal examinations. As assessed all work is submitted digitally, you should ensure you have an appropriate level of computing skills before commencing this course.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded with a Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Mechanical pathway).
Applicants must be 18 years of age or over and should have the following qualifications as a minimum:
- Level 3 qualification in a related Engineering subject (NVQ, BTEC) or
- A-Levels in relevant subjects, e.g., Maths, Physics, Chemistry
Applications with no formal qualifications but with a wide engineering background may be considered, as will applicants who have different qualifications to those listed above. All applicants will have an interview with a college tutor, to ensure the course suits their needs.
If you would like to discuss the above, please contact Karen Shaw, HE Coordinator at email@example.com.
After Your Course
Learners who achieve a HNC qualification typically move into supervisory and management roles within a company, or progress onto degree programmes at university.
The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year.
There may be other costs associated with this course, e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.
Degree-level student finance
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for their courses. Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded. For further information, please see www.gov.uk/student-finance.
It is possible to pay in full or via instalments.
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can be accessed via the college. Please speak to Student Services for more information.