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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

30th Aug 2021, 2 years


Riverside Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    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 our mechanical workshop, pneumatics and hydraulics rigs and computer suites running CAD design software.

    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 Engineering Science; 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 can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.  Where COVID restrictions are in place we will invite you to either a video meeting, telephone conference call or make an offer based on your application form.

    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

    Year one:

    • 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.
    • IT Applications.
    • Personal Development Planning.
    Year two:
    • Practical Engineering Workshop Skills.
    • Applied Industrial Plant Maintenance.
    • Plant Systems.
    • Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics.
    • Strength of Materials Advanced.
    • Design for Manufacture.
    • DC and AC Principles.
    • Engineering Maths 3 & 4.
    • Safety Engineering and the Environment.
    • Three Phase Systems.
    • Business Awareness and Continuous Professional Development.

    After the course


    You can look for 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 you to apply for second or third-year entry into various universities.

    If you successfully complete the 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 and University of West of Scotland.  There may be the opportunity to progress to year 2 at Strathclyde University.  Other universities will also accept this qualification as advanced standing however it is recommended that individual institutions are contacted prior to completing a UCAS application.  If universities request Engineering Maths 5 to be completed as part of the entry requirements, this can be completed, however there may be a charge for that unit.


    How the course is taught

    The course is taught on a full-time basis - 3 days per week.  Part-time routes are also available for apprentices.

    Assessment methods

    To achieve an HND you require to pass 30 credits, you'll complete 15 in the first year and 15 in the second.

    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).  Others are split into individual outcome assessments.  Engineering Skills is workshop based.  Pneumatics and Hydraulics involve fault finding on the practical rigs.  CAD drawings are completed within our computer suites.

    Towards the end of the first 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.

    In the second year the Graded Unit 2 is project based.

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

    Additional Information


    Presentations and notes are accessible through our Virtual Learning platform.  All PPE will be supplied.

    Dress code

    All relevant workshop PPE will be supplied by the college.

    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      30th Aug 2021, 2 years
    • Location:
      Riverside Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome