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Mechanical Engineering BTEC HND (part-time) (top-up from HNC)

This course is designed for people who are already working in a technical role within the engineering industry and are looking to top-up their HNC in Mechanical Engineering to HND. Dependent upon your existing HNC you may need to study anything from 6 to 8 additional units. If you need to top-up with 8 units this may take 1 day per week over 2 years. If you need to top-up with 6 units this will take 1 day per week over 1 year.


I’ve always been interested in how things are made and this is what mechanical engineering is all about so it made sense for me to choose this course.  Bedford College is now one of the few places in this region that runs this HND course.

When I left school I did an Apprenticeship then got a job at the Medical Research Council and was fortunate that they were willing to sponsor me to study this course.  They’ve been very flexible, allowing me to go into College for my course one day a week.

I enjoy a lot of the analytical subjects such as heat transfer and fluid mechanics and I’ve found that the tutor’s enthusiasm and support helps me to learn more.

There’s no doubt that this course has helped me to progress my career.  Once you know the theory behind what you’re doing everyday, it makes you more efficient. Now, when faced with a problem, often I can get straight to the solution because I’ve already learnt it on the course. 

It’s certainly worthwhile getting the qualifications you need to improve your skill set and progress with your career.  In the workplace, I’ve found that opportunities arise for those who have the right experience combined with the right training. And there is also the pay progression, with a higher education qualification you are more likely to get promoted and paid more, which all helps.

Philip - Mechanical Engineering BTEC HND

Entry requirements

To start this HND you must have successfully completed an HNC in Mechanical Engineering (or General Engineering). Entry is subject to a successful interview.

Course content

You are likely to study between 6 to 8 of the following subjects dependent upon the number of units previously studied at HNC. The units may vary dependent upon your previous range of subjects covered at HNC and are under constant review each year).

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Quality Assurance and Management
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Advanced CAD Techniques
  • Heat Transfer and Combustion
  • Managing people in Engineering
  • Strengths of Materials
  • Further Analytical Methods

Assessment methods

Assessment is on a continual basis and will include a range of assessment methods, such as: time-constrained tests, assignments, practical lab-work, research projects, presentations etc.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HND you may have the option to further top-up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree at university.

Additional information

Dependent upon your existing HNC you may need to study anything from 6 to 8 additional units. If you need to top-up with 8 units this may take 1 day per week over 2 years. If you need to top-up with 6 units this should take 1 day per week over 1 year. Additional study and reading will be required and expected outside of College.

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fee per unitLocationCourse Code
1 year 20/09/2018 Thu 9.00 am - 8.00 pm £750 Cauldwell Street D347 Apply

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