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Mechanical Engineering HND (Top-up from HNC)

Level 5
Two years

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Awarding body: University of Wales Trinity Saint David

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Our Mechanical Engineering Level 5 HND (Top-up) course opens the doors to a wide range of local employers by providing you with higher-level skills required by local industry.

The students will develop transferable skills that will be of value in a wide range of situations. These are exemplified by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority Higher Level Key Skills and include problem solving, communication, and working with others, as well as the effective use of general IT facilities and information retrieval skills. They also include planning self-learning and improving performance, as the foundation for lifelong learning.

The aim of this course is to develop students with the skills to work in the mechanical engineering domain, and ability to solve engineering problems, design systems etc. through creative and innovative thinking.  

Student graduating from the proposed programmes would be expected to demonstrate the following skills:  

  • The ability to apply mathematical, scientific and technological tools  
  • The ability to analyse and interpret data and, when necessary, design experiments to gain new data  
  • The ability to maintain a sound theoretical approach in enabling the introduction of new technology  
  • The ability to apply professional judgement, balancing issues of costs, benefits, safety, quality etc.  
  • The ability to assess and manage risks.

Key information

Students should normally have a HNC with 120 credits at Level 4. This needs to be from an approved programme. 


  • Group Project
  • Fault Diagnosis and Condition Monitoring
  • Engineering Mechanical Principles
  • Management, Innovation and Sustainability
  • Manufacturing, Design and Technology
  • Thermofluid Mechanics.


Students are assessed by a combination of assessment methods:

  • Course work  
  • Written exam. 

This Mechanical Engineering qualification can lead to a range of employment opportunities in consulting, contracting and manufacturing in both the public and private sector.

All students completing the Level 5 programme of study are encouraged to “Top Up” to the University’s BEng degree. 

Course costs

£2,100* per year part-time.

For information on financial support - including tuition fee loans - please visit

Additional fees

  • Travel to and from College, or placement
  • Photocopying, stationery and equipment costs (e.g. USB sticks)
  • Printing and binding
  • Gowns for graduation ceremonies.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David welcomes applications on the basis of prior learning, further details can be found at Academic Office | UWTSD.

*Please note that the tuition fees stated are for the 2023-24 academic year and are subject to increase for future years of study. Please see the UWTSD website for further information.