Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

HNC Mechanical Engineering Course

Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering

The qualification provides a thorough grounding in key concepts and practical skills and has been designed to meet the needs of those currently working or applying to work in the field of mechanical engineering and manufacturing.

Fees are per academic year, subject to change

Is this course right for me?

This Higher National Certificate (HNC) programme contains engineering units and offers a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding.

This course is studied part-time over two years.

This programme is franchised from and awarded by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • GCSEs at grade C or above to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • 48 UCAS Tariff points from A-level or vocational qualification
  • Direct admission for applicants who have been out of full-time education for more than two years will be considered based on previous learning or experience
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry may be subject to interview
  • Successful completion of current/relevant Level 3 programme with a merit grade or above and evidence of improvement from internal GCSE assessments or Skills, in addition to a successful decision from progression board meeting

Please read the full entry requirements above as you will usually need to meet those as well.

The HNC Mechanical Engineering course typically consists of the following modules:

  • Design and Manufacture
  • Mechanical Science 1
  • Materials
  • Thermofluids 1
  • Mechanical Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Professional Practice for Engineers
  • Electrical Technology for Mechanical Engineers
  • Engineering Design
  • Business Management

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Workplace evidence
  • Practical examination
  • Written examination
  • Completion of a final major project

Successful completion of the HNC will qualify students for entry to Higher National Degree (HND)/degree courses in related subjects.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

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  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Find out about funding available for Higher Education students on our student finance page.

You may be eligible for a fee waiver if you are employed and following, or intend to follow, a higher apprenticeship programme with Pembrokeshire College.

Personal Learning Account (PLA) funding may be available for this course (subject to eligibility). Click here for more information or contact

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Last updated: 18/05/2022
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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