Study Type
Part Time
Study Level
Level 4
Start Date:
2 years

Course Sheets

Entry requirements

View The Isle of Wight College's standard entry requirements for full-time college courses (depending on the level of the course to be studied).

Typical offers 

A levels – EEE in Maths, Physics or similar qualification 

UCAS points – 48 points to include a minimum of 1 A level, a BTEC qualification in a relevant engineering discipline, or equivalent Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience will be considered (calculate your UCAS points) 

T level in T Level in Engineering – Pass (D or E in the core) 

BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD 


English language requirements 

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5. 

Who the course is for
This course is for anyone already working within the engineering sector who would like gain a qualification to reflect their experience.
What the interview will involve

Unlike courses that are applied for at the main College, you will need to apply via the University of Portsmouth Website, UCAS code H305:

Once we receive your application you will be sent an information sheet and a pre-assessment for you to complete.  The pre-assessment is a guide for us to establish if you have the pre-requisite knowledge to be able to be successful in your studies. 

What you will learn

Year 1 Core modules include: 

  • Analytical Methods for Engineers – 15 credits 
  • Engineering Science – 15 credits 
  • Engineering Thermodynamics – 15 credits 
  • Mechanical Principles – 15 credits 

There are no optional modules in this year. 

You'll also need to do around 120 hours of self-directed learning for each module. 


Year 2 Core modules include: 

  • Fluid Mechanics – 10 credits 
  • Management of Projects – 15 credits 
  • Materials Engineering – 15 credits 
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation – 20 credits 

There are no optional modules in this year. 

You'll also need to do around 120 hours of self-directed learning for each module. 


How you will learn

Teaching on this course includes: 

  • lectures 
  • workshops 
  • seminars 
  • group sessions 
  • presentations 
  • discussions 
  • research 
  • presentations 
  • e-learning 
  • tutorials 


The course is offered as day release for one day a week at CECAMM. You’ll also do work-based learning, working with colleagues to put what you've learned in the classroom into practical use. 


You’ll be assessed through: 

  • observation 
  • presentations 
  • a portfolio 
  • reports 
  • exams 
  • reflective accounts 
Work placement
No industry placement
After completing the HNC in Mechanical Engineering, learners can progress onto the HND in General Engineering delivered at CECAMM After you finish the course, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from the University of Portsmouth’s Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

There may be a cost for purchasing equipment or uniform for this course. Find out about financial support available.

Qualifications you will get
HNC in Mechanical Engineering – University of Portsmouth
Additional information

This course is delivered as day release, one day a week at CECAMM. 

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