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University of Portsmouth

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H305

Higher National Certificate - HNC

Entry requirements


48 points to include a minimum of 1 A level.

Pass the Access to HE Diploma.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, to include Mathematics and/or Physics at grade B or above/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, to include Mathematics and/or Physics at grade 5 or above.

48 UCAS Tariff points to include 1 Higher Level subject

48 Tariff points.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

PPP

Must be in an engineering discipline

48 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

48

48 points to include a minimum of 1 A level, a BTEC qualification in a relevant engineering discipline, or equivalent. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience will be considered. All applicants will need to attend an interview.

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2021

Other options

2.0 years | Part-time | 2021

Subject

Mechanical engineering

**Overview**

Working in engineering or a related industry and want to develop your knowledge and skills to take on roles as ambitious as you are?

On this 2-year, part-time HNC Mechanical Engineering course, you'll get to grips with the fundamentals of engineering sciences and management and learn how you can apply your skills to the industries you want to work in.

You'll spend 1 day a week on day release from your job at the Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine (CECAMM) at the Isle of Wight College. This brand new, £12 million facility, is packed with the latest tools, equipment and resources. You'll learn from experts, and apply what you learn to your job.

When you finish the course, you'll have new skills, knowledge and professional experience, backed up by a Higher National Certificate that could help you land your dream job or progress in your career. You could also continue your studies, for example, by topping up your HNC to an HND.

**What you'll experience**

On this course, you'll:

- Develop the skills and knowledge you need to excel in business

- Learn from experienced tutors, lecturers and business leaders

- Build knowledge in subjects such as marketing, business finance, business law, data management, business strategy, organisational theories and human resource management

- Work on a research project and put your knowledge into practice to demonstrate what you’ve learned

**Careers and opportunities**

Our Careers and Employability service can help you with career planning and you'll get access industry contacts, careers events and recruitment fairs during the course.

After you finish the course, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Analytical Methods for Engineers
- Engineering Science
- Engineering Thermodynamics
- Mechanical Principles

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Fluid Mechanics
- Manufacturing Process
- Materials Engineering
- Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation

You'll also need to do around 120 hours of self-directed learning for each unit.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through:

- observation
- presentations
- a portfolio
- reports
- exams
- reflective accounts

The Uni


Course location:

Isle of Wight College - CECAMM Centre

Department:

Faculty of Technology

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Mechanical engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mechanical engineering

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
90%
Male students
10%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D

After graduation


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Mechanical engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
89%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

68%
Engineering professionals
5%
Business, research and administrative professionals
3%
Science, engineering and production technicians

We're short of engineers in a lot of areas and mechanical engineering is no exception. Mechanical engineers are in demand across multiple industries, with vehicle manufacturing most popular, with roles especially common in design and manufacturing. Other important sectors include aerospace, the oil and gas industry, consultancy and defence. Jobs are all around the country, with London, the Midlands, Scotland and the South East the most likely places for a new mechanical engineer to find work at the moment, and starting salaries are good. Although large employers are much the most likely place to get work, some of the most challenging, cutting edge jobs are with small niche engineering firms, so keep your eyes peeled if you want something a little different. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

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