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Male manufacture engineering student working with large equipment
Anniesland Campus
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

HNC Engineering Practice with PDA in Maintenance course is designed to provide insight into trade-specific skills with a focus on maintenance. The course covers the principles of quality management, value engineering and production planning and control. This will be assessed with the graded unit at the end of the year.

The course is ideal for apprentices starting off in their career or time served maintenance technicians looking to upskill.

What will I learn?

During this HNC Engineering Practice with PDA in Maintenance course, you will learn about industrial plant maintenance, standard techniques used and the typical health and safety regulations involved. Futher to this you will learn about the operational requirements of compressed air generating systems, the operation of factory air distribution systems and be able to describe plant equipment used in hydraulic systems.

Engineering measurement will give you the skills to inspect your components accurately and mechanical engineering principles will introduce you to aspects of dynamics and materials.

You will undertake the following units:

  • Engineering practice: Graded unit 1
  • Communication: Practical skills
  • Engineering supervision: Teamworking and continuing professional development
  • Quality management
  • Value engineering
  • Production planning and control

Plus additional units to make 15 credits in total

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Four National 5s, or equivalent, at B or above, including Maths and Physics; OR
  • One Higher, or equivalent, from Design for Manufacture, Graphical Communications, Maths or Physics; OR
  • A relevant NC; OR
  • Due to the nature of the course relevant industrial experience will be considered.
  • If English is not your first language, a level 6 ESOL qualification is required, due to the technical demands of the subject.

Entry requirement equivalency table 

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

Glasgow Clyde College work in partnership with the majority of engineering employers and are seen as the engineering college of choice within the Greater Glasgow area. These partnerships provide opportunities for industrial visits, student placements and industry talks as well as providing opportunities for students to progress into employment. Due to these excellent links, the College is at the forefront of technological advances with continual investment in its engineering facilities which provide students with a world-class learning experience.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, 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.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM folder).

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be:

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional)
  • Invited to book an interview session
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following:

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place.
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options.
  4. Reserve list – following your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options.
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days.

You will be invited to our Open Day where you can meet with the staff and existing students, an you will also be given a tour of the campus.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date. This will normally be sent out in June / July.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6094