Mechanical Engineering SCQF Level 7

Learn to solve mechanical engineering problems using essential principles and processes.


Why take this course?

This is a classroom-based academic programme at a similair level to first year of university. The course addresses how to solve mechanical engineering problems with mathematical solutions, which are applied to mechanical engineering principles. The HNC requires 12 credits.

Please note that Year 2 of this course must be successfully completed in order to complete the full award. Completion of both years normally takes students around 18 months. 

What you will experience

You will cover a wide range of important topics, subjects include:

  • Thermofluids
  • Statics & Strength of Materials
  • Dynamics
  • Pneumatics & Hydraulics
  • Engineering Principles
  • Quality Management
  • Materials Selection
  • Communications
  • Mathematics for Engineering
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Entry requirements

Candidates should have NC Mechanical Engineering (SCQF Level 6) which must include Technician 2 Maths, HNC Mechanical Engineering: Pre Entry or Higher Mathematics.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course.

Please note that prospective students may need to provide evidence of having the required entry level/mathematical skill base.

What you will need

You will need a scientific calculator, maths set and appropriate stationery.

What you need to know

Additional costs

This course involves an additional SQA fee. Please see our Courses Explained page for further information on costs.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the second year of the HNC Mechanical Engineering course at North East Scotland College.

Year 2 must be applied for as a separate booking, and separate payment will be required. Please note that if theYear 2 information is not listed in the availability box on this webpage, you can contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

Alternatively, if you are already on Year 2 of the HNC course you can progress to the following:



Those applying for Year 1 of a part-time NC, HNC or HND level course will require pre-entry guidance before booking on to their course. Please contact the Student Advice Centre: 

Telephone: 01224 612330

Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

Aberdeen Altens Campus

Starts Duration Qualification Day(s) Time Fees* Code
4 February 2020 18 Weeks HNC Year 1 Tuesday and Thursday 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm £505.00
Paper bookings only

Paper bookings

If you would prefer to submit a paper booking form, please return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.