Mechanical Engineering HNC @ SCQF Level 7

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This award is designed for individuals with acceptable qualifications or mature learners who upon completion wish to enter the engineering and service industries or the renewable energy sector at technician level.

This programme will develop your skills, confidence and awareness of Mechanical Engineering and is a great opportunity to progress from a modern apprenticeship, level 6 course, Foundation Apprenticeship or for adult learners who wish to enhance their knowledge of the subject area or are looking for progression in their current industry. This course will also develop your study skills as a learner

Course code



Dumfries Campus


This course can be studied on a full time (Up to 2.5 days/week – one academic year) or day release basis, (one day a week – two academic years).

Entry Requirements

One of the following: 2 Highers (one must be a maths or physics-related higher), National Certificate Course in Engineering at SCQF level 6 or equivalent or suitable skills in a related area.

Entry may still be possible for mature students depending on prior skills and knowledge.

You will be required to attend an information and interview session with the course tutor prior to being offered a place on the course.

If you are currently studying at the college, you will also require a positive progressing learner reference.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be in person, virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to answer the Supporting Information questions on the application form with as much detail as possible. This will demonstrate your commitment to the course.

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment.

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Course Content

This course will give you a technical grounding in Engineering Principles, Material Selection, Statics and Strength of Materials, Dynamics, ThermoFluid’s, Pneumatics and Hydraulics, CNC, CAD for Engineers, Programmable Logic Controls and more.

The course is nationally recognised as the qualification needed by technicians working within the Mechanical sector.


Assessments will be completed by project, practical exercise, e-learning and theory assessment.


6 units are studied per year to a total of 12 units to complete the course. However, for progression to HND or beyond; 15 units would be required. We can arrange the additional 3 units to be studied over the two years if required. But this will require additional study time/classes.

Career Prospects

Employment within any part of the engineering and renewables sectors.

Additional funding information

Part Time Students: Based on 6 units per academic year, the cost is £514 with an additional £103.75 registration fee (payable in the first year only)

All students are liable for payment of their course fees, unless they make a successful application to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for full time fees or Part-Time Fee Waiver Grant (PTFG), are entitled to a SFC Fee Waiver, or their fees are to be paid by a third-party sponsor e.g. employer. It is the student’s responsibility to provide evidence of a successful application. If a student discovers they are ineligible for funding the student will become liable for unpaid fees Where students are self-financing, their course fees must be paid in full no later than 7 days prior to the course start date, unless an instalment plan has been agreed.

PAYMENT INSTALMENT PLANS Where students are self-funding the course fee must be paid in full no later than 7 days prior to the course start date unless they select one of the following payment options.

  • Where any net fee (after any applicable grant) is £300 or less the fee is payable in full no later than 7 days prior to the course start date.
  • Where any net fee is in excess of £300 up to £800 and the duration of the course exceeds 3 months – a 3-month instalment plan is available.
  • Where any net fee is in excess of £800 and the duration of the course exceeds 6 months – a 5-month instalment plan is available.
  • The 1st instalment is due no later than 7 days prior to the course start date with the remaining instalments payable on a monthly basis thereafter. Any application to pay by instalments must be made to the Finance department (Tel 01387 734000) who have sole discretion on accepting any application for payment in this way.

Selling Points

This is a qualification that many organisations look for when selecting engineers to work within their industry.

The course covers many areas of Mechanical Engineering and incorporates Electrical and Electronic controls systems for the Mechanical industry.

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