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What's Involved

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.

Entry Requirements

For entry to this course you will need 48 UCAS points from relevant Level 3 qualifications, such as A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Diplomas or Extended Diplomas, Scottish Highers, Advanced Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate or Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate. Or an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering. GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C) or above, or equivalent Level 2 qualifications are required.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01708 455011.

Where will it take me?

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.

At the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the core knowledge and skills needed for an engineering role, as well as some of the more specialised skills needed within the electronics and electrical engineering fields. 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.

Course Assessment Method

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 learn through a combination of:

  • Lectures – which will provide you with most of the fundamental subject knowledge that you will require and will be taught in large groups
  • Meetings – with your personal tutor, which will give you the opportunity to discuss topics in detail, raise any areas of difficulty and discuss your progression through the course
  • Workshop and simulation sessions – which 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, including CAD Multisim.

When 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, 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:

Where and When

Mechanical Engineering Level 4 BTEC HNC

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Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year. Additional miscellaneous fees may be applicable.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.

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