This distance learning mechanical engineering HNC course is for learners who wish to work as technicians/technician engineers in mechanical engineering design, manufacture, maintenance and testing. Developed in consultation with local industry, it combines theory and practical work with the focus being on industrial applications.
The Higher National Certificate (HNC) Mechanical Engineering by Flexible Open Learning provides you with a programme of study over a range of disciplines to help you develop skills to progress your career through employment or further education at degree level. This is a Teesside University award delivered under licence from Pearson by Teesside University Open Learning (Engineering).
You study eight units chosen to cover the range of needs of local and national industries and business.
The HNC provides a sound understanding of all key principles including core modules in Mechanical Principles, Analytical Methods, Engineering Science and a project. Further specialist subjects may include Materials Engineering.
- Engineering Design
- Engineering Maths
- Engineering Science
- Fundamentals of Thermodynamics & Heat Engines
- Managing a Professional Engineering Project (TUOLE)
- Mechanical Principles
- Applications of Pneumatics and Hydraulics
- Fluid Mechanics
- Heat Transfer and Combustion
- Materials Engineering
- Programmable Logic Controllers
Modules offered may vary.
How you learn
You are provided with a self-contained comprehensive study pack for each of the modules. Each module consists of a folder or folders containing a series of lessons grouped into topics. Each lesson has an introduction, your aims, study advice, self-assessment questions and a summary.
It is important that you realise that open learning study requires a considerable degree of self-discipline. You must be prepared to devote both time and effort to studying alongside other commitments you may have.
Each module is supported through e-learning @tees.ac.uk
How you are assessed
The module learning outcomes are assessed through tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). Some of the units also require practical work - we provide additional software and/or practical kit for this. After you have completed the assessment for a module, your tutor will arrange an exit interview which enables them to authenticate your work and confirm the grade. These interviews can be done in person, by phone or Skype.
TMAs are a means of continuous assessment. They contain a series of questions which can be used to satisfy the learning outcomes of the module. The TMAs for the module are available to download from the module online eLearning site.
All completed answers for the TMAs should be submitted through the online site, elearning@tees. Your module tutor will grade your answers and provide feedback through elearning@tees.
You should have three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including maths, plus one of the following:
- at least one A level in an appropriate subject
- BTEC National Certificate in an appropriate engineering discipline
- BTEC National Diploma in an appropriate engineering discipline
- Access to HE in Engineering
- any other Level 3 equivalent UK or international qualification in an appropriate subject
If you already have qualifications at Level 4 (or above) and you wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) then use the link here.
The maximum registration period to complete an HNC by open learning is five years. You are required by the award regulations to successfully complete at least two modules (30 credits) in each year but it is possible to complete an HNC in a shorter period by successfully completing more than two modules a year.
There are bridging modules available. A Level 3 maths bridging module Foundation Mathematics for Engineers.
We don't require references if you are applying to study through open learning.
You must include your qualification certificates when applying. We look for a Level 3 maths qualification such as an AS level, BTEC, NC or equivalent for direct entry to the HNC.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language and you haven't undertaken your final two years of schooling in English, you must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels below:
- Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level B2
- GCSE English language grade C
- PTE 51
- IELTS 5.5 - reading and writing must be at 5.5 (or equivalent).
Students who complete this course can progress to a Higher National Diploma or directly into the second year of an appropriate degree at the University. Please note the degree is not offered by distance learning but most are available on day release attending the University on a weekly basis.
A higher national certificate award opens up the possibility of a career over a wide range of engineering disciplines, for example, design, manufacturing and project management.
The qualification provides you with the opportunity to seek career development into senior positions in national and international companies.
For a Higher National Certificate (HNC) you study eight modules at £495 for each module. For the Higher National Diploma (HND) you study a maximum of 16 modules, again at £495 each. You usually pay for one module at a time. Some modules are subject to availability.
If you join the course having completed no appropriate HNC modules previously, the total cost of an HNC is currently £3,960 for the eight modules required and an HND is another £3,960 on top of this for the additional eight modules you will need to study. All payments for modules must be made through the Online Shop. The link will be provided in your offer letter.