Higher Education

Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical)

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Havering Rainham Campus
  • Qualification

    Higher Education
  • Subject

  • Schedule

    Friday (Day)
  • Duration

    72 Weeks
  • Course Target

    Higher Education

Course Fees

*Fee subject to OfS Approval. Fees displayed are on a per year basis

Entry requirements

To be accepted on this course, you need to have passed the Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) HNC qualification.

GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C) or above, or equivalent Level 2 qualifications are required.

A face-to-face 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 admissions_hfe@ncclondon.ac.uk 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: Managing a Professional Engineering Research Project;
  • Virtual Engineering; Professional Engineering Management; Further Engineering Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering focussed: Further Thermodynamics; Lean Manufacturing

The course operates on a modular basis with each module carrying 15 academic credits, with the exception of the research project, which is worth 30 credits.

Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking 30 credits. The full HND qualification is equivalent to 120 credits.

Your overall grade for the course, and your HND classification, will be based on the marks obtained in all modules.

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.

  • Assessment Criteria

    This course provides you with the opportunity to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice, or formative, assessment for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them will not count towards your module mark. 

    There will be formal, or summative assessment during, or at the end of, each module. Formal assessment will be solely through a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and projects. The grades from your formal assessments will count towards your module mark.

    You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework within three weeks of your submission. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. 

    You must pass all modules in order to gain your qualification. Students passing a module will be given a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.

    You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and meetings with your personal tutor. Lectures will provide you with most of the fundamental subject information knowledge that you will require and will be taught in large groups. Meetings with your personal tutor will give you the opportunity to discuss topics in detail, highlight any areas of difficulty and discuss your progression through the course.

    Workshop and simulation sessions will give you hands-on experience of engineering techniques and software, and as a part of your course you will have access to the latest engineering simulation packages.

    Independent learning - When you are not attending lectures, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

    Overall workload - Per week, the part-time course workload will include:

    7 hours of lectures

    2.5 hours of workshops and simulation sessions

    0.5 hours per fortnight of one-to-one meetings

    Over the course of the year, you will spend 85% of your time in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

    Teaching and learning and assessment: 16.75 hours

    Independent learning: 3 hours

    All of our teaching staff are experienced in the field. All students are allocated a personal tutor who will be your first point of communication should you have any queries or concerns. Regular 1:1 sessions will take place within the classroom where there will be the opportunity to discuss your course and progress.

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 Foundation Degrees and B.Eng degree courses. An HND qualification is accepted by some universities as the first two years of a bachelor’s degree B.Eng (Hons). 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. 

Past students completing the Mechanical Engineering HND course have gone on to employment in Mechanical Design and Management work for a wide variety of businesses, including motor companies and power generation and distribution organisations.

At the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge and practical application of a range of general and specialised engineering theories, and they should be able to apply these directly to their working situations. Students will have an appreciation of contemporary theory and also understand their responsibilities in regards to cost, sustainability and the rapid change that takes place within world-class engineering. 

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