HNC Mechanical Engineering

This course is designed to enable engineers to develop their skills and competence to a higher level in the mechanical, maintenance and manufacturing engineering sectors to meet the needs of today’s industry. The course is suitable for those already working in the Engineering industry who are looking to progress towards professional Engineering status offering automatic progression onto the HND Mechanical Engineering award as well as leading to various university part time degree programmes. 

Applications are invited from candidates who are undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship or as part of their Professional Development. 

The course is available to study full time over 1 year or as a day release programme over 2 years.

Course content

Throughout the duration of the course you will undertake SQA HN Units which will lead to the HND Mechanical Engineering Award (G840 15). A sample of the types of unit that you will undertake are given below:

  • Thermofluids 
  • Statics and Strength of Materials
  • Dynamics 
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Engineering Principles 
  • Material Selection
  • CAD for Engineers 
  • Communication: Practical Skills 
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics 
  • Quality Management: An Introduction 
  • Mechanical Engineering: Graded Unit 1 Examination 
  • IT Software Applications (Full Time Only)
  • Engineering Mathematics 2 (Full Time Only)
  • Engineering Mathematics 3 (Full Time Only)

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Minimum of two Highers from English, Mathematics, Physics or another technical or science subject
  • A National Certificate in appropriate discipline
  • Applications are also invited from those without formal qualifications but who have relevant life and/or work experience

Selection process information

Progression routes

Candidates who successful complete the HNC Mechanical Engineering Award with a Graded Unit 1 result of B or above will be able to progress to the HND Mechanical Engineering programme at the Anniesland Campus of Glasgow Clyde College. 

There may also be opportunities to apply for Engineering Degree Programmes at various Universities including:  

  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • University of the West of Scotland
  • The Open University

SCQF level


Start date

28 August 2017


2 Year(s), August to June

SCQF level


Start date

28 August 2017


1 Year(s), August to June

For courses starting in August 2017, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

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