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Mechanical Engineering HND

(SCQF level 8)

Engineering, Energy & Gas, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

26th Aug 2019, 2 years

26th Aug 2019, 2 years


Riverside Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This two-year course allows you to study mechanical engineering to a professional standard. On completion of this course you'll typically go to university, or move into industry as supervisors or technician. Find job profiles here.

This course involves the use of the college’s extensive engineering equipment, which includes a fully functioning mechanical workshop and computer labs running CAD design software, hydraulic pneumatic software and labs.

Follow Vickram’s journey from leaving school to direct entry to 3rd year Mechanical Engineering university course!

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above including Mathematics and preferably Physics; OR
  • National Qualification at SCQF level 6 in a relevant Mechanical Engineering subject; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

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

What you study

Year one:
  • Mathematics for Engineers.
  • Thermofluids.
  • Statics and Strength of Materials.
  • Materials Selection and Testing.
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics.
Year two:
  • Applied Industrial Plant Maintenance.
  • Plant Systems.
  • Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics.
  • Strength of Materials Advanced.
  • Practical Engineering Workshop Skills.

After the course


You may also seek employment at technician level in a mechanical discipline. 

Continuing Study

Successful completion of the HND with a Graded unit 2 result of B or above will allow candidates to apply for Second or third-year entry into various Universities.

If you successfully complete HND with a Graded unit result of B or above plus complete Maths 5 for Engineering this will allow you to enter directly into selected 3rd year BEng programs at Glasgow Caledonian University.


How the course is taught

The course is taught on a full-time basis.  Part-time routes are also available for apprentices.

Additional Information

Dress code

All relevant workshop PPE will be supplied by the college.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    26th Aug 2019, 2 years
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome