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Engineering (Mechanical Design) HNC/FdEng

This nationally recognised course provides essential grounding in the principles and techniques to enable technicians to meet the increasingly challenging and exciting nature of the industry.

The qualification is aimed at higher technician engineers who are currently employed in the engineering sector. It builds on the principles covered in the BTEC National Certificate course but is equally suitable for mature students with relevant industrial experience wishing to develop their career in Engineering Design.

As a student on this course you will have the benefits of using Bournemouth & Poole College’s excellent facilities including modern rapid prototyping facilities. There are also a number of state-of-the-art CAD suites available in the Design Centre. 

At HNC level you will use CAD software to produce both two-dimensional drawings and three-dimensional models. You will also be introduced to the capabilities of rapid manufacture to produce physical models of your designs. The importance of consideration of manufacturing methods is emphasised as part of the design process as is consideration of the behaviour of engineering materials and fitness for purpose.

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Key information

Next start date:

HNC: September 2020, September 2021; FdEng July 2020, July 2021


Bournemouth & Poole College


HNC One year full-time, 2 years part-time; FdEng One calendar year full-time or part-time


FdEng accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and HNC/FdEng accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers. Please see 'Accreditations' section in Course Details for more information.

Required subjects:

Physics, Maths or CDT

Entry requirements:

For July/September 2020 and July/September 2021 entry:

HNC: One A Level at grade C in a relevant subject or equivalent AVCE or National Diploma / Certificate (or equivalent UK or overseas qualifications)

FdEng: 120 Level C credits from an HNC in an appropriate discipline. Normally at least 40 credits should be at Merit or above and 20 of these credits should be from a mathematical analytical unit.

International entry requirements:

For July/September 2020 and July/September 2021 entry: IELTS (Academic) 6.0, or equivalent. For more information check our international entry requirements.

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Course details

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Download the FdEng programme specification (pdf 717kb)Download the HNC programme specification (pdf 717kb)

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Entry requirements

Other qualifications

For full details of entry requirements for the HNC or FdEng, please contact the college.

Further study

Once you have completed your course, you can move on to a top-up degree or the final year of an undergraduate honours degree to achieve the next level of qualification.

Graduates may apply to progress onto the final year of an honours degree or top-up degree at Bournemouth University, at a BU partner college or another institution, subject to a suitable course being offered, places being available and applicants obtaining the University's required entry criteria.

For entry onto a Bournemouth University top-up degree, you will be assessed on your overall mark (there may be a minimum requirement), your performance on the foundation degree and where appropriate an interview with the programme coordinator.

View our top-up degrees webpage