HNC in Mechanical Engineering (Welding & Fabrication option) // Level 4

This course is designed for those who wish to, or are already working as senior technicians in the welding and fabrication sector to provide you with technical knowledge that you can use in work situations. You will learn using a range of industry standard equipment to make sure that you can perfect the techniques you need and understand the technical knowledge appropriate to this level of higher education. The course is also intended to support progression to local or national university degree programmes (check locally with university of application).



Engineering Design154M

Engineering Maths154M

Engineering Science154M

Managing a Professional Engineering Project154M

Mechanical Principles154M

Fundamentals of Thermodynamics154M

Welding Technologies

Welding Inspection

Optional Addition in Year 2

CSWIP 3.0 Visual Weld Inspection (TWI Certificate)


Entry requirements

Generally, students should be at least 18 years old and have either:

A Level 3 National Diploma in a relevant discipline or at least one A Level and a minimum of four GCSEs (incl. Maths and Science) at grade C (4) or above.

An interview will also be required.

*If you have not achieved the Level 3 entry requirements or have had a break in learning and need some maths revision before progressing to the HNC you can enrol on our maths bridging unit.


HNC is assessed via centre devised assignments, typically four per unit (one per learning outcome).

CSWIP 3.0 is assessed via a formal examination administered by TWI.

Progression & Careers

On completion of the course, students can progress onto an HND, Foundation Degree or gain direct access onto a number of undergraduate degree courses such as BEng or postgraduate MEng.

The college has very good relationships with local and national employers to make sure that your training gets you up-to-date with all the skills and knowledge employers are looking for and opens up a wide variety of career paths

Further Information

Over the lockdown period we have endeavoured to provide remote blended learning wherever suitable.

When planning our delivery of 2020/21 Higher Education programmes we have, and will continue to take government advice and work within their guidelines. At present these guidelines are trending towards a relaxing of restrictions, however we are aware that any change in circumstances will impact our planning and we will react accordingly.  

Ultimately it is our wish to provide as much face to face contact as is possible, but with safety as a priority. To achieve this it may be a requirement to limit class sizes to facilitate social distancing limit the size of a learner ‘bubble’. Another strategy would be stagger start and finish times or use a ‘base room’ strategy to minimise movement of learners. 

Where workshop provision is required we will require all PPE to be supplied by the learner except where it is practical for us to disinfect suitably.   

Where these measures are not possible, some theoretical lectures will be delivered online using conference technology such as Microsoft Teams. This form of remote learning should also include mentored support using the ‘chat’ facility in addition to the sharing of learning materials and scheduled sessions. 

* The University of Sunderland has a wide range of scholarships on offer. Find out more.

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Course detail
Classification Undergraduate
Course Mode Full-time
Level Level 4
Duration 2 years
Location Coast Road Campus
Annual fee £2260.00 *
Start September