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Mechanical Engineering BTEC HND

This course is designed to top-up your HNC in Mechanical Engineering to a HND.


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 only 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

You will need:

  • Mechanical Engineering HNC, AND
  • 2 A-Levels at grade A*-C in Mathematics and Physics, OR
  • Mechanical Engineering BTEC Level 3 at Merit or above, including Further Maths, OR
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualification in a related subject.

We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications.

Course content

During the course you can study a range of units, including:

  • Fluid mechanics
  • Quality assurance and management
  • Engineering mathematics
  • Design for manufacture
  • Further analytical methods
  • Advanced CAD techniques
  • Engineering thermodynamics.

Assessment methods

Teaching and learning are achieved by means of formal lectures combined with integral assignments and projects which allow students to develop and diversify their skills. If you wish, you can study for a further period of time to convert your Certificates into Higher National Diplomas. Assessment and examinations are continuous throughout the course.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HND you will have the option to top up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree at university or enter employment.

Additional information

During the course you will need to attend College one day per week, over a period of one year.

To enrol on the full-time course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code BEDF B23 and the course code 0031. Visit or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Course information & how to book

You will need to complete a UCAS online application form to apply for this course, available at The codes needed are located in the 'Additional information' section above. Please call the College on 01234 291000 if you have any queries about your application.

LengthStart DateFee per unitLocationCourse Code
2 years 21/09/2017 £630 Cauldwell Street D1448

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, problems with English and Maths, are deaf or hearing impaired, or missing the essential skills needed to complete your course, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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