BTEC HNDMechanical Engineering

HND Diploma

The HND is a part-time course for people who are working within the engineering sector and would like to progress their careers by gaining HND qualification. We offer part-time study programme for students who have completed a HNC to top-up their qualification to a HND.

Our courses includes use of modern industry standard software and equipment, use of analysis tools, CAD, material testing. An ideal course for Mechanical engineers, Design engineers, production engineers for example. 

The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Engineering is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals who are able to meet the demands of employers in the rapidly evolving engineering sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications also aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.


Type of study
Higher Education, Part-Time
Examination board

Availability & Details

Mechanical Engineering, HND SP-ENMEHD-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2018-19 (1 year)
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A HND consists of 16 units of study, where 8 or more have been completed in the HNC.

The course will include units such as:

  • Material Resource Planning
  • Engineering Materials
  • Further Analytical methods
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Project Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Business Improvement Techniques
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Managing Health and Safety

These are the standard units offered. We can also discuss a more individual study program, which could incorporate units from Electrical & Electronic, Mechanical or Manufacturing engineering courses. This level of study requires additional hours allocated each week outside of college for research and writing reports. We would recommend studying these 8 units over 2 years.


HND courses are taught by a team of specialist subject lecturers, supported by a tutor. Classes are informal and incorporate a variety of teaching and learning methods e.g. discussion, lectures, group work, practical sessions, etc.


The assessment procedure for each unit involves in course tests, end-of-unit tests and the carrying out of a programme of assignments.

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College is definitely worth all the effort you put in, you get to meet lots of different people and it’s amazing.

Ebony Puttock, A Level student

My experience at the college has been decent, I’ve met lots of people, its been great to be honest, I’ve really enjoyed it.

Oliver Smith, A Level student

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student


Completion of the course can lead on to a Foundation Degree or a University Degree in any one of a number of engineering disciplines.

A key progression path for Edexcel BTEC HNC and HND learners is to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of the Edexcel BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question.