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Mechanical Design and Manufacture

Course Code: UX2798

Level: 4
Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Higher National Certificate
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years
When you'll study: Tuesdays, 8.45am - 6.15pm

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About the course

Engineers who design, analyse, test, produce and use all types of mechanical systems need to take a strong scientific, analytical approach to their work. This HNC will train you to a very high standard in these methods. The part-time course will also add a range of other vital competencies such as report writing, time management and budgeting, as well as developing your ability to solve problems.

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

What you'll learn

The course includes the following subjects:

Year 1

  • engineering mathematics
  • engineering science
  • engineering materials
  • CAD (computer-aided design) techniques and design

Year 2

  • applications of pneumatics and hydraulics
  • management techniques in design and manufacture
Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who have a level 3 qualification in maths, as well as one or more of the following:

  • 48 UCAS tariff points (for September 2016 entry)
  • a BTEC National Award in a related subject
  • an Advanced Apprenticeship
  • an NVQ Level 3 in a related subject
  • equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

Should the entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.


Assessment will be through a mixture of coursework, in-class tests and examinations.

What's next?

On successful completion of this course, you may be able to progress to:

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.