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Engineering: Mechanical (University of Strathclyde) HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Engineering, Energy & Gas, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

24th Aug 2020, 1 year


Riverside Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


City of Glasgow College is delighted to be partners with The University of Strathclyde in the delivery of the Engineering Academy Programme.   This is a pioneering programme that offers you an alternative route into university and employment as a Strathclyde student.  The first year is an enhanced HNC programme at the college with direct transfer into second year of one of the engineering degrees at Strathclyde University.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

In the first year at college you will study the following subjects:

  • Statics and Strength of Materials.
  • Thermofluids.
  • Dynamics.
  • Materials Selection.
  • Engineering Maths 1, 2, 3 & 4.
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics.
  • Engineering Principles.
  • Computer-Aided Draughting for Engineers.
  • Engineering Drawing.
  • Communications.
  • Introduction to Quality Management.
  • DC and AC Principles.
  • Design for Manufacture.

In addition to attending college, you will also attend the university each week to undertake lab work within your chosen department and complete a workshop skills unit.

After the course


At the end of the degree programme, you will be able to apply for employment as a Graduate Engineer however, between years 2 & 3 and 3 & 4, paid work summer placements are available.  This will give real industrial experience.

Continuing Study

Following successful completion of the 1st year (pass all units and achieve an A grade in the Graded Unit exam) you will join the 2nd year of your chosen degree programme at Strathclyde.

The degree programmes available are as follows:

Department of Biomedical Engineering*:

  • BEng Hons Biomedical Engineering.

  Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering:

  • BEng Hons Civil Engineering.
  • BEng Hons Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Department of Design, Manufacturing & Engineering Management:

  • BEng Hons Product Design Engineering.
  • BEng Hons Sports Engineering.
  • BEng Hons Production Engineering Management.
  • BSc Hons Product Design and Innovation.

Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering:

  • BEng Hons Mechanical Engineering

Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering:

  • BEng Hons Naval Architecture with Ocean Engineering.
  • BEng Hons Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.
  • BEng Hons Naval Architecture with High Performance Marine Vehicles.

*Please note that students will transfer to 1st year of the BEng Biomedical Engineering programme.


How the course is taught

We aim to teach the course over 3 days per week in our Riverside Campus.

Assessment methods

This is a 17 credit HNC.  Some of the units are assessed in a single exam upon completion of teaching for that unit (e.g. Statics and Strength of Materials, Thermofluids and Dynamics).  Other units involve practical skills such as fault finding on the pneumatic and hydraulics rigs.  CAD drawings are completed within our computer suites.

Towards the end of the year students undertake their Graded Unit 1 exam.  This is a 3 hour, closed book exam containing questions from the following topics: Statics and Strength of Materials, Thermofluids, Dynamics, Materials, Quality, Pneumatics and Hydraulics and Engineering Principles.

All units are graded as Pass/Fail other than the Graded Unit which is graded A, B, C or Fail.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    24th Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome