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Mechanical Engineering (Year 2 Direct Entry) HND

(SCQF level 8)

Engineering, Energy & Gas, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 2 years


Riverside Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


Following completion of this course, you will typically go to university, or move into industry as supervisors or technicians.

During your studies, you'll have the use of the college’s extensive engineering equipment, which includes our mechanical workshop, computer labs running CAD design software along with our hydraulic and pneumatic software and labs.

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

  • HNC in Mechanical Engineering OR
  • First year of HND Mechanical Engineering.

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.

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

  • Applied Industrial Plant Maintenance.
  • Plant Systems.
  • Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics.
  • Strength of Materials Advanced.
  • Practical Engineering Workshop Skills.
  • Design for Manufacture.
  • 3 Phase Systems.
  • IT Applications.
  • Safety Engineering and the Environment.
  • Business Awareness and Continuing Professional Development.
  • Engineering Maths 3 & 4.

After the course


Following successful completion of the HND students typically work at technician level in industry or progress to degree level study.

Continuing Study

Following successful completion of the HND students are able to progress to 3rd year BEng Glasgow Caledonian University.  Strathclyde University may offer 2nd year entry.


How the course is taught

This course is both classroom and practical workshop based.

Assessment methods

To achieve an HND you require to pass 30 credits.  Some of the units are assessed in a single exam upon completion of teaching for that unit others are assessed as individual outcomes.  Engineering Skills is workshop based.  CAD drawings are completed within our computer suites.

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

Additional Information


All PPE will be supplied.

Dress code

PPE to be worn in workshop

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome