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Women into Mechanical Engineering HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Engineering, Energy & Gas, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 1 year


Riverside Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This is an opportunity to study an HNC in Mechanical Engineering in a female only class prior to progressing to an HND or degree-level study.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • 2 Highers at C pass including Maths and preferably Physics or Engineering Science; OR
  • NC SCQF level 6 in mechanical engineering; OR
  • other suitable work experience.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.

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

You'll study:

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

After the course


Following successful completion, you can continue to study mechanical engineering at a more advanced level or apply to work within the industry.  You can also work at the Technician level or apply for an apprenticeship.

Continuing Study

Following successful completion of the HNC, you will have the opportunity to study the HND at City of Glasgow College or apply to university to study at either 2nd or 1st year depending on which institution you apply to.


How the course is taught

The course is full time (3 days per week) in our Riverside Campus.  There will be a mixture of lectures and tutorials and lab-based activities.

Assessment methods

This is a 15 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.

Additional Information


All teaching materials will be available through our Virtual Learning platform.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome