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Mechanical Engineering BTEC HND (part-time) (top-up from HNC)

This course is designed to top-up your HNC in Mechanical Engineering to a HND.


I’ve always been interested in how things are made and this is what mechanical engineering is all about so it made sense for me to choose this course.  Bedford College is now one of the few places in this region that runs this HND course.

When I left school I did an Apprenticeship then got a job at the Medical Research Council and was fortunate that they were willing to sponsor me to study this course.  They’ve been very flexible, allowing me to go into College for my course one day a week.

I enjoy a lot of the analytical subjects such as heat transfer and fluid mechanics and I’ve found that the tutor’s enthusiasm and support helps me to learn more.

There’s no doubt that this course has helped me to progress my career.  Once you know the theory behind what you’re doing everyday, it makes you more efficient. Now, when faced with a problem, often I can get straight to the solution because I’ve already learnt it on the course. 

It’s certainly worthwhile getting the qualifications you need to improve your skill set and progress with your career.  In the workplace, I’ve found that opportunities arise for those who have the right experience combined with the right training. And there is also the pay progression, with a higher education qualification you are more likely to get promoted and paid more, which all helps.

Philip - Mechanical Engineering BTEC HND

Entry requirements

To start this HND you must have successfully completed the HNC and entry is subject to a successful interview.

Course content

You will cover:

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Quality Assurance and Management
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Further Analytical Methods
  • Advanced CAD Techniques
  • Engineering Thermodynamics.

The above units will top-up your existing HNC.

Assessment methods

Teaching and learning are achieved by means of formal lectures combined with integral assignments and projects which allow students to develop and diversify their skills. If you wish, you can study for a further period of time to convert your Certificates into Higher National Diplomas. Assessment and examinations are continuous throughout the course.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HND you will have the option to top up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree at university or enter employment.

Additional information

During the course you will need to attend College one day per week, over a period of one year.

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fee per unitLocationCourse Code
1 year 20/09/2018 Thu 9.00 am - 8.00 pm £750 Cauldwell Street D347 Apply

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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