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Mechanical engineering student working with metal equipment in workshop
Anniesland Campus
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years (August to June)

This HNC Mechanical Engineering course is for if you’re considering a career in engineering, and in particular mechanical engineering. If you enjoy problem-solving and are solution-focused, wanting to know how things work, then you can become a great engineer.

The HNC Mechanical Engineering course content covers a very broad range of key engineering disciplines which will support anyone undertaking an apprenticeship or hoping to progress to further study or university.

What will I learn?

Throughout the duration of the course, you will undertake SQA HN Units which will lead to the HNC Mechanical Engineering Award (G840 15).

  • 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 
  • Engineering mathematics 2 

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • A minimum of one Higher, or equivalent, from Mathematics or Physics. Please note that Applications of Maths is not accepted; OR
  • A National Certificate in a relevant discipline; OR
  • If English is not your first language, then a level 6 ESOL qualification is required, due to the technical demands of the subject.
  • We will also consider your application if you have relevant experience but no formal qualifications

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. 

Jobs and further study

This course will equip you with the skills you will need to seek employment as an engineering technician, and with some additional studies, as an Incorporated engineer, in a wide range of manufacturing, service and public sector organisations.

This mechanical engineering course is suitable on a full-time basis if you would like to prepare yourself for a career in engineering or on a part-time basis if you already work in engineering and would like to develop your existing skills to a higher level.

You may be able to progress to HND Mechanical Engineering at Glasgow Clyde College, (if you successfully complete this course with a Graded Unit 1 result of B or above, along with 95% attendance and a reference from lecturers).

By successfully completing this course you will have the potential to apply for engineering degree programmes at various universities, including Glasgow Caledonian University, The University of the West of Scotland and The Open University.

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 listfollowing 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. 

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