Mechanical Engineering Student In Workshop
Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
24 Aug 2020
Qualification Type
Course Type
4 Years

As a STEM Assured College we have a renowned reputation for engineering with cutting edge technology and staff to support this. If you’re considering a career in engineering, and in particular Mechanical Engineering, then this course can help you on your way. If you enjoy problem solving and are solution focused, wanting to know how things work, then you can become a great engineer.

Currently and in the future, Engineering jobs are in high demand with many jobs required each year in Scotland alone as a result of Industry 4.0

What will I learn?

Throughout the duration of the course you will undertake SQA HN Units which will lead to the HND Mechanical Engineering Award (G841 16); a sample of the types of the units 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
  • Engineering mathematics 2
  • Pneumatics and hydraulics
  • Quality management: An introduction
  • Mechanical engineering: Graded Unit 1 examination
  • Engineering practical skills
  • Plant systems
  • Heat transfer and fluid mechanics
  • Strength of materials
  • Design for manufacture
  • Engineering measurement
  • Engineering mathematics 3
  • Engineering mathematics 4
  • Engineering mathematics 5
  • Mechanical engineering Graded Unit 2 – Project based.

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 the excellent links the College is continually at the forefront of technological advances with continual investment in the state-of-the-art engineering facilities which will provide students with a world class learning experience. The HND 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.

Jobs and further study

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. It helps engineers progress on to university and towards professional engineering status. Progression routes include:

  • full-time students who complete this course with a Graded Unite result of B or above will be eligible to apply for second or third-year entry into the various engineering degree programmes at Glasgow Caledonian University, University of the West of Scotland and Napier University

    Please note that for direct entry into the third-year entry will require HN Units in Engineering Mathematics 1 to 5.
  • part-time students who successfully complete this course with a Graded Unit 2 result of B or above will be eligible to apply for part-time engineering degree programmes at Glasgow Caledonian University, University of the West of Scotland and The Open University
  • you will have the potential to progress on to engineering jobs in the energy, maintenance, design, manufacturing and mechanical engineering sectors at technician or junior level.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • minimum of two Highers from English, Mathematics, Physics or another technical or science subject; or
  • a relevant National Certificate
  • we will consider your applications if you have relevant experience but no formal qualifications
  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

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.

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. Applicants who meet, or expect to meet the minimum entry criteria, will be in contacted and invited to attend for an information session, interview and testing:

• Information session: applicants will be given detailed information in relation to the course structure and content.

• Interview and online testing: all applicants will be required to undergo online testing which will consist of a mechanical comprehension test and a numeracy test. In addition, a one-to-one interview will be held with each applicant where further information will be gathered in order to ensure you have applied for the correct type and level of course. Applicants must bring evidence of their qualifications and proof of identity with them.

Interviews will take place starting in February. The earlier you apply the more likely you are to secure a place.

There are four possible outcomes of the interview and testing process:

Unconditional offer – your offer of a place is guaranteed.

Conditional offer – your offer of a place is dependent on meeting certain criteria prior to the start of the course

Waiting list – you have met the entry requirements, however, the course is full. You will be contacted should a place become available.

Unsuccessful – you have not met the minimum entry criteria.

Unsuccessful applicants may be offered a place on different course where suitable.

Outcome of testing and interview will be sent by email within 10 working days of the interview.

Once an offer is received you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

If a place is unavailable at your campus of first choice, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within the timescale above.
Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information e.g. Student Funding, Joining Instructions, Induction Date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6094