• Engineering

    HNC Mechanical Engineering (Progression to the University of Glasgow group)

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2024


Engineers shape the future, influencing every facet of modern life. If you possess a logical and inquisitive mind, enjoy problem-solving, and have a keen interest in how things work, you're destined to become a great engineer. The demand for qualified engineers is soaring, presenting exciting opportunities across diverse sectors. Our HNC Mechanical Engineering course offers a pathway to University of Glasgow.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements include:

  • Higher Mathematics at grade B or above and another relevant Higher, usually Physics or Engineering Science

Don't meet these formal qualifications? No problem – your experience or training could still open doors. We consider applicants with diverse backgrounds, so reach out and explore your possibilities.

To be eligible for the Glasgow Pathway, your situation should include at least one of the following:

  • be Scottish domiciled, residing within a target postcode area (SIMD, deciles 1-4).
  • be care-experienced
  • be estranged and living without family support
  • have caring responsibilities
  • have Asylum/Refugee Status (you need to be eligible for funding)

You can use the University of Glasgow postcode checker to check whether your postcode meets the criteria: Postcode Checker, www.glasgow.ac.uk/prioritypostcodes

Course Content

Dive into a curriculum that balances theory with practicality. In this course, you may:

  • explore basic mechanical engineering principles: including statics and strength of materials, dynamics, and thermofluids
  • delve into thermofluids: for engineering systems solutions
  • investigate dynamics and motion: solving problems related to linear and angular motion, impulse, conservation of momentum, work, energy, and power
  • examine statics and strength of materials in-depth
  • study pneumatic and hydraulic systems: their operation, maintenance, and hands-on fluid power circuit design
  • engage in engineering design for manufacturing processes: crafting your design solutions
  • analyse materials and learn to select the right ones for diverse products
  • master the operation of a commercial CAD system: for 2D engineering drawings

This 15-credit HNC involves single-exam assessments for some units, with a Graded Unit 1 exam towards the end of the year.

Next Steps and Career Opportunities

Your journey doesn't end here; it's a launchpad to various opportunities:

  • articulate directly into Year 2 of full-time study at the University of Glasgow*, completing your undergraduate degree within four years (or five for MEng progression)
  • receive college support for a UCAS application for university entry to various degree programs, including Aeronautical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Design Engineering, and more

*Successful progression depends on completing the course, passing all units, achieving an A pass in the Graded Unit exam, and a successful UCAS application.

Why Choose This Course?

This course goes beyond theory, offering practical skills for real-world applications. Gain meta skills and transferable skills that set you apart in the competitive engineering landscape. Join us in shaping the future of engineering, where possibilities are limitless. Your journey begins now!

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Start Date

Aug 2024

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