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Mechanical Engineering HNC (Enhanced Distance Learning)

Campus OL - Open Learning/Cross Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 7

Study mode Open learning

Duration 48 weeks

Start date Aug 2022

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Course overview

This 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 staff with extensive industry experience using the latest industry technologies. You will be taught between classrooms and online workshops where you will gain essential hands-on experience in 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 or anywhere in the world using a computer and a good internet connection. The lessons are also recorded and saved on the Colleges Moodle system, so they can be watched at a later date if you are unable to join the live class The specialist webcasting software required for the course will be arranged by Edinburgh College. 

Course Fees 

  • Cost per course unit - £280
  • (12 units in total) 
  • SQA Register Charge - £30 (paid in year 1) 
  • Total Year 1 Cost - £1430 
  • Total Year 2 Cost - £1960 
  • Total Overall Course Cost - £3390 

The course costs £280 per unit with you needing to complete a total of 12 units over a two-year period. You can however opt to join the course at any one of three entry points throughout the year and only pay for the units that you intend to study in that academic year.  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 only be charged for the units that you complete in any academic year.

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 £1430 in year one and £1960 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 on the course please contact:  

David Burgoyne

david.burgoyne@edinburghcollege.ac.uk 

What you will learn

You will normally study 5 subjects in year 1 and 7 subjects in year 2 as follows:

Year One

· Engineering Maths 1

· Dynamics

· Thermofluids

· Quality Management

· Pneumatics and Hydraulics

Year Two

· Statics and Strength of Materials

· Communication

Engineering Materials Selection

· Engineering Principles

· Engineering Maths 2

· CAD for Engineers

· Mechanical Engineering Graded Unit 1

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 the university degree level 

Number of days per week

  • 2 evenings per week (5 hours per week - by distance learning) 

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 also welcome to apply 

 

Students who meet the required residence criteria and who earn less than £25000 per year are eligible to apply to SAAS for a part-time grant to help with the course fees. For more information contact:  https://www.saas.gov.uk/part_time/index.htm

    English Proficiency Requirements

    IELTS 5.5

    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 an enhanced distance learning delivery
    • HND Mechanical Engineering taught at Edinburgh College 
    • First or second-year entry onto a mechanical engineering university degree  
    • Year 2 BEng Mechanical Engineering at University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

    Career options

    • 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 

    Study Options

    Campus Study mode Start date Duration
    OL - Open Learning/Cross Campus Open learning 30/08/22 48 Weeks

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