HNC in Mechanical Engineering

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

Course Information

Cambridge Campus, 18/09/2023
Level: 4
Start Date: 18/09/2023
Location: Cambridge Campus
Duration: 2 Year(s) maximum
College Attendance: 2 Year(s) maximum
Type:Part Time, Higher Education
New Student Fee:£2745.00 per year (Subject to confirmation)
CRC Level 3 Progression Fee:£2245.00 per year (Subject to confirmation)
About the Course

This 2 year 1 day per week course is designed to provide:

- Training for technician in design research, development and service support activities in Engineering, Manufacturing and Electronics.
- Progression to BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.
- The language, knowledge and practical skills demanded in the Engineering Industry.
- Technical certificates for the Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering.

Units of study include:

Year 1 -
Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

2 Engineering Maths
3 Engineering Science
9 Materials, Properties and Testing
10 Mechanical Workshop Practices

Year 2 -
1 Engineering Design
4 Managing a Professional Engineering Project (Pearson-set)
8 Mechanical Principles
13 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines

This is classed as a part-time course. On successful completion of this course, you will gain a BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma.
You can achieve a BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma by studying a further two years on successful completion of the BTEC Level
4 HNC Diploma. Home & EU students are eligible to apply for a part-time loan from Student Finance England.


After completing the qualification, candidates will normally continue in employment as a skilled engineer, progress on to
Mechanical Engineering degree programmes or the BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at CRC.

Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points (DD or PPP)

Relevant level 3 qualification e.g. BTEC, EAL, Access to HE Diploma or 2 A levels

GCSE English and maths at grade 4/C or above or demonstrated competency at L2 or above

Mature students without appropriate level 3 qualifications should have a keen interest in the subject and relevant work/industry experience

In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a professional interview.


We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at CRC. To make this happen we offer both learning and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.

Assessment is by a variety of assessment methods, including case studies, observations or practical work, assignments, time constrained assessments and work base projects.

All outcomes of your programme are assessed and each unit will be graded as a pass, merit or distinction. A pass is awarded for the achievement of all outcomes against the specified assessments criteria. Merit and distinction grades are awarded for higher level achievement.

Fees and Funding

Home & EU students are eligible to apply for a part-time loan from Student Finance England.

How to Apply

How to Apply for a Higher Education Course at CRC

There are 3 ways you can apply for your chosen course:

1) Apply online direct from this course page.
Click on the Apply Now button at the top of this page by the course information. By clicking this button, you will be taken to our online application system. This system will ask you to create a new account if you have not created one previously. Once you have created an account you can apply for the course.

2) Apply through UCAS
When you have found your chosen course on the UCAS website, you can apply directly from UCAS. You will need to have created a UCAS account if you do not have one already to apply.

3) Editable HE application form
If you are unable to use the above ways to apply, you can also apply by filling in our downloadable HE Application form. This can be downloaded by visiting this page.

All forms will need to be returned to our admissions team at, The Admissions Office, Cambridge Regional College, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge CB4 2QT.

For further assistance please contact our Admissions Team at

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information is correct, some details may be subject to change. Cambridge Regional College reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient.

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