HNC Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Our HNC Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering course can be studied as a stand-alone qualification, or as the first year of the HND qualification. It will give you a broad understanding of mechanical and manufacturing principles and provide a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills needed for the industry. During the modules you will explore the analytical methods used by engineers, product design, and engineering science. You may also decide to expand your knowledge in advanced computer-aided design techniques, and the application of pneumatics and hydraulics to complete the qualification.


Hastings (Ore)


Level 4

Course Type

HE (Degree Level)




Options Course Code Starts Ends Annual Fee Overseas Fee
enquire apply 10307 23/09/24 13/06/25 £5950 £9000
enquire apply 10296y1 23/09/24 19/06/26 £2975 £9000

What will I study?

  • You will be able work in your own dedicated space in our new University Centre, with access to the latest PC and Mac computer software.
  • Visiting guest lecturers and industry experts will provide you with a thought-provoking insight into real-life engineering examples.
  • You will have the advantage of being part of smaller class sizes giving you increased contact time with your tutors, providing you with real value for money.
  • You will gain a range of transferable skills that will provide you with intellectual flexibility and dynamism to take into the next stage of your career, or into further study.
  • Our tutors have fantastic links with local employers, so if you aren’t currently in employment, their contacts can help you secure potential work placements or even a job.
  • This course has been designed with career progression in mind and could help you secure a promotion with your current employer or prepare you for further study on the HND course.
  • This course is available to study full-time and part-time. So if you are working in the industry you can study this qualification alongside your current role.

During the course you will cover three core modules. During these modules you will explore the details and principles that underpin analytical methods and engineering science. You will also undertake a personal project that will require you to use your creative abilities to design, implement and evaluate a solution to an engineering problem. You may also decide to expand your knowledge in advanced computer-aided design techniques, and the application of pneumatics and hydraulics to complete the qualification.

Core modules

  • Analytical Methods for Engineers
  • Engineering Science
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation

Optional modules A range of modules you could choose are below (offered subject to demand and availability of resources):

  • Business Management Techniques for Engineers
  • Engineering Design
  • Material Handling Systems
  • Advanced Computer-aided Design Techniques
  • Health, Safety and Risk Assessment in Engineering
  • Applications of Pneumatics and Hydraulics

What can I do after completing this course?

Once you have completed the course you will have a diverse range of transferable skills that will enable you to either, advance in your current role, or push for a promotion in this exciting industry. You may also choose to continue onto the second year of the course to complete the HND programme.

Past students have gone on to work with local businesses such as Qinetiqs, where graduates secure technician, supervisor and management roles. Past students have worked with companies such as EDF, Aero Vintage, Photek, Deutsch(TE), Secol Engineering, VG Scienta, Stevens Rowsell, British Gypsum and Interface Engineering.