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Mechanical Engineering

Course Code: UX9012
  • Level: 4
  • Qualification: Higher National Certificate
  • Awarding body: University of Plymouth, City & Guilds (C&G)
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course type: Part-time
  • Time of day: Daytime
  • When you'll study: Tuesdays, 9.00am - 6.15pm

What's it all about?

Full Fee

Part-time £5,550 (£3,700 year one, £1,850 year two)

The role of a mechanical engineer is to take a product from an idea to the marketplace, and you’ll need a broad range of skills to achieve this. This course will teach you to understand the forces and thermal environment that a product, its parts or its subsystems will encounter, as well as how to design for functionality, aesthetics and environment. You will benefit from learning in the College’s excellent engineering facilities, including the state-of-the-art Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM.

For more information about this course please read the Programme Quality Handbook which contains programme specifications and module information.

Course information

This course includes the following subjects:

  • applications of pneumatics and hydraulics
  • management techniques in mechanical engineering
  • engineering mathematics
  • engineering science
  • engineering materials
  • CAD (computer-aided design) techniques and design.

We welcome applications from those who have the following:

  • a level 3 qualification in Engineering
  • an A Level at grade C or above in maths or science.
  • T Level pass in an appropriate subject area

There are a variety of assessments ranging from exams, reports, essays, practicals and presentations.

On successful completion you may be able to progress to the:

  • final year of the Mechanical Engineering Foundation Degree at the College following the completion of 40 credits of additional short course study
  • second year of the BSc (Hons) Mechanical Design and Manufacture degree at the University of Plymouth
  • first year of the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Plymouth (you must score above 60% overall and 60% in maths).

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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Mechanical Engineers


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