HNC to HND top-up in Engineering (Mechanical Option) // Level 5

This course is designed for those who wish to, or are already working as senior technicians, supervisors and managers 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).



Advanced Mechanical Principles155Optional

Further Mathematics


Professional Engineering Management

Research Project

Advanced Manufacturing Technology

Lean Manufacturing

Entry requirements

You will need to have an HNC in Mechanical Engineering.

if your HNC was not studied at TyneMet then an interview is required to check the unit combination of your HNC qualification matches the HND top-up unit combination.


Centre devised assignments, typically four per unit (one per learning outcome).

Progression & Careers

Progression is direct access onto undergraduate degree courses such as BEng where credits can also be used to contribute toward your degree programme.Previous students have historically been allowed commencement at year two or year three of a degree programme at University of Sunderland (at the discretion of the university, please enquire direct for planning purposes).

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. An HND in Engineering is typically the level of education required for a move from a technician role to a more senior technical, supervisory or managerial role.

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. 

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Course detail
Classification Undergraduate
Course Mode Part-time
Level Level 5
Duration 1 year
Location Coast Road Campus
Annual fee £3070.00
Start September