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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

30th Aug 2021, 2 years


Riverside Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    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 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

    • Applied Industrial Plant Maintenance.
    • Plant Systems.
    • Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics.
    • Strength of Materials Advanced.
    • Practical Engineering Workshop Skills.
    • Design for Manufacture.
    • DC and AC Principles.
    • 3 Phase Systems.
    • 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 need 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:
      30th Aug 2021, 2 years
    • Location:
      Riverside Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome