SCQF Level 7

Course Overview

Mechanical Engineering HNC is a distance learning course. You will learn a range of modules including Thermofluids and Engineering Principles. These will be taught at a high level allowing you to develop transferable skills which are essential for your future engineering career. 


This course is fast-tracked and will be taught two evenings a week over two years. Each evening session lasts two and a half hours and is delivered online through programmes similar to Skype. The software used is exclusive to Edinburgh College and includes a virtual whiteboard system for you to use and participate in the class.  


This course combines engineering techniques with hands-on learning. You will learn the skills required to solve mechanical engineering problems in a wide variety of industries such as; traditional energy, renewable energy, manufacturing, transport and materials. The course is taught by teachers with industry experience using the latest industry technologies. You will be taught between Edinburgh College classrooms and online workshops where you will gain essential and hands-on experience of the engineering sector. This course is intended to meet the requirements of employers and universities. 


Attendance at Edinburgh College is only required for assessment purposes or for the practical elements of certain units. This means most of the study will be carried out in the comfort of your own home. Students will need a computer with a good internet connection to participate in the course. The specialist webcasting software required for the course will be arranged by Edinburgh College. 


Course Fees 


  • Cost per course unit - £250
  • (12 units in total) 
  • SQA Register Charge - £30
  • (paid in year 1) 
  • Total Year 1 Cost - £1280 
  • Total Year 2 Cost - £1750 
  • Total Overall Course Cost - £3030 















The course costs £250 per unit with you needing to complete a total of 12 units over a two-year period. You will be charged for the number of units being taught in any academic year, which is normally five units in year one and seven units in year two.


If you start mid-course you will be charged from the course unit you begin on.


There is also an additional charge of £30 in the first year to allow you to be registered for the award with the SQA. 



The total cost of this course is £1280 in year one and £1750 in year two. 


It may be possible to set up a payment schedule (please speak to the Finance Department for further details). 


For further details please contact: 



What You Will Learn
Entry Requirements
  • Higher Mathematics and Physics (C or above) 
  • Candidates who have successfully completed the Edinburgh College Engineering Bridging: Mechanical course
  • Criteria for existing Edinburgh College students or students from other colleges: NC Engineering Award at SCQF Level 6 
  • Candidates with mathematics and physics qualifications at a lower level but with engineering related experience are welcome to apply 
  • Applicants with equivalent certificates are welcome to apply 


Students who meet the required residence criteria and who earn less £25000 per year are eligible to apply to SAAS for a part time grant to help with the course fees. For more information contact:

English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Most units are assessed by a final written exam at the end of the unit (College attendance is required for this) 
  • Students are allowed two attempts at each assessment 
  • All units on the course are either pass/fail except for the Graded Unit which is graded as an A, B or C based on performance 
  • This grade is used along with the HNC award certificate as a basis for progression to HND or to study at a university degree level 
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • This is a new format for Edinburgh College meaning that, as of right now, no progression is offered from this course using enhanced distance learning 
  • HND Mechanical Engineering taught at Edinburgh College 
  • First or second year entry onto a mechanical engineering university degree  
Career Opportunities
  • Technician or supervisor level within the mechanical engineering sector 
  • Continual Professional Development (CPD) for those already in the sector seeking promotion or advancement in their career 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 2 evenings per week (5 hours per week - by distance learning) 
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

20-year-old Lindsay Stevenson moved to Edinburgh to start her Oil and Gas Technical Programme (OGTAP) managed by OPITO in partnership with Edinburgh College. We caught up with her to find out how her apprenticeship was going so far: 


‘I chose an apprenticeship for on-the-job training and the opportunity to earn and learn. I’ve formed lots of friendships with my new classmates and in terms of the course itself the practical nature is the best thing.  


I hope to work offshore and progress within the oil and gas industry. And, to travel lots when I’m off!’ 


Read more of our student stories here.  

Start Date and Time

Open Learning

This course will start week commencing...
  • Tuesday 31/08/2021
End Date

Open Learning

This course will end on...
  • Wednesday 03/08/2022
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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