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Mechatronics - HNC

Course code: FKAW001P

Subject area: Engineering

Study level: Undergraduate

Course level: 4

Course details

Course time:

09:00 - 17:00

Days of week:


Course date:

5th Nov 2024 - 26th May 2026

Course location:

Abingdon Campus

Contact details


01235 555 585

Step into the future with our HNC in Mechatronics – an interdisciplinary programme that merges mechanical engineering, electronics, computer control, and information technology.
Designed for the innovators and problem-solvers of tomorrow, our HNC in Mechatronics offers a pathway to the forefront of technological advancement.

The course covers engineering design, engineering maths, managing a professional engineering project, professional engineering management, and further mathematics, complimented by a range of specialist optional modules.

Our HNC Mechatronics programme includes:Integrated Curriculum: Explore the synergy between mechanical systems and electronic control.Hands-On Learning: Get real-world experience with our industry-standard equipment and software.Expert Teachers: Learn from leaders in the field who bring cutting-edge research into the classroom.Career Opportunities: Prepare for a diverse range of roles in automation, robotics, and beyond.

Course units
Level 4: Level 4 lays the foundation for your learning by providing you with a broad introduction to the engineering sector, as well as a focused introduction to mechatronic engineering. The units are designed to develop and strengthen your core skills whilst preparing you to study Level 5 content, or to enter employment.

Through the course, you will gain a wide range of scientific and engineering knowledge, and develop your practical skills through research, independent study, directed study, and workplace scenarios. Your vocational study will help you to develop key behavioural and transferable skills which are highly valued in both higher education and in the workplace, such as communication, teamwork, research, and analysis.

By the end of your Level 4 study, you will have a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of manufacturing engineering and competence in a range of subject-specific skills.

Level 5: Level 5 will prepare you to study specific areas of manufacturing engineering at Level 6, or to enter employment with the qualities and abilities to take on increased responsibility and to engage with decision making.

You will develop and apply your own ideas to your study, learning to confidently deal with uncertainty and complexity, to explore solutions, demonstrate critical evaluation and use both theory and practice in a wide range of engineering solutions.

By the end of Level 5, you will have a sound understanding of the principles in your area of specialist study. You will know how to apply those principles more widely in the industry and effectively perform in your specialist area.

What next?
The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding on which you can build should you decide to continue your studies beyond the Certificate stage.
The Level 5 Higher National Diploma allows you to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study.
On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, you can develop your career in the sector through:
● entering employment
● continuing existing employment
● linking with the appropriate professional body
● committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
● progressing to university.
Entry criteria
To study the HNC Mechatronics, you will require at least one of the following:
● a Level 3 qualification in Engineering
● a GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent) and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as Mathematics and English
● other related Level 3 qualifications
● an Access to Higher Education Diploma from an approved further education institution
● relevant work experience, or
● an international equivalent to the above qualifications
Fee information
£5500 per year
Course fees

Tuition Fee: £6,000.00

Qualifications received
HNC in Engineering for England
Learning & method assessment
This programme will be assessed using a combination of:
● Centre-developed internal assignments that are set and assessed by internally created and assessed, and
● Awarding organisation-set assignments, which are internally graded
User skills
Through the HNC Mechatronics you will develop core competencies which will prepare you for a range of employment opportunities in your chosen sector.

These core competencies collectively summarise the key capabilities that are important across the sector, covering areas of relevant expertise and technical skills that would be required within the sector to successfully perform a job, as defined in current advertised job vacancies.

Core competencies are developed on the programme within a balanced framework of cognitive (knowledge), affective (behaviours) and psychomotor (practical) learning outcomes to encourage a more vocational and practical approach to learning.