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Level 4 Higher National Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical)

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Havering Rainham Campus
  • Qualification

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  • Schedule

    Thursday (Day)
  • Duration

    72 Weeks
  • Age


Course Fees


Entry requirements

Our typical entry requirement to this course is 48 UCAS points from relevant level 3 qualifications, such as A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Diplomas, Scottish Highers, Advanced Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate, Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate, Extended Diploma.

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering.

GCSE English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above, or equivalent level 2 qualifications.

An interview may be required before an offer can be made.

If you are interested in applying for the course, please contact the Admissions team for a Higher Education application form or call 01708 455011.


Professional body accreditation: Successful completion of this course satisfies the academic requirements for the Engineering Council’s Engineering Technician standard. Upon completion of the course, students are able to refer to themselves as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) and apply for Engineering Council membership. This is a classroom-based course.

Example of course modules delivered over two years:

  • Core engineering: Engineering Design, Engineering Maths, Engineering Science, Managing a Professional Engineering Project (set by Pearson)
  • Mechanical focussed: Mechanical Principles, Fundamentals of thermodynamic Material, Properties and testing, Fluid mechanics

The course operates on a modular basis with each module carrying 15 academic credits. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking 30 credits. The full HNC qualification is equivalent to 120 credits.

For part-time students, the course is studied over a period of two years. Attendance is one day per week. The course will take place at our new Construction and Engineering Centre in Rainham, currently under development, but it will begin at our Ardleigh Green campus in Hornchurch until the new Centre is ready to open.

Further information

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in engineering, or obtain the necessary skills needed to progress your current engineering career and operate as an Engineering Technician. The course also provides the foundation for further qualifications including a higher national diploma (HND) in engineering, foundation degree or as the first qualifying year for a B.Eng (Hons) degree course. The course has been designed to meet the requirements of the engineering industry and is underpinned by the research knowledge and industry experience of our staff.

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