Mechanical Engineering: Graded Unit 1 (Exam) SCQF Level 7

Confirming you have met the aims of the HNC Mechanical Engineering course.


Why take this course?

This examination-based Graded Unit is a mandatory unit within the HNC/HND Mechanical Engineering Group Award. It may also be part of another Group Award or taken as a stand alone, single HN unit. It will consist of a written examination of three hours duration.

Credit points and level: 1 HN credit at SCQF level 7: (8 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7)

What you will experience

This unit will confirm that you have: 

  • Developed knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of core principles and technologies by undertaking units in engineering drawing, quality systems, engineering principles, materials selection, statics and strength of materials, dynamics, thermofluids and pneumatics and hydraulics
  • Developed the ability to apply analysis and synthesis skills to the solution of mechanical engineering problems
  • Developed learning and transferable skills (including core skills)
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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course requires you to manage your workload independently, and will involve attendance at a campus or centre - often for assessment purposes only.

Subject area

Entry requirements

It is recommended that the candidate should have completed or be in the process of completing the following units:

  • Mathematics for Engineering 1: Mechanical and Manufacturing
  • Quality Management: An Introduction
  • Engineering Principles
  • Materials Selection Strength of Materials
  • Statics and Dynamics
  • Thermofluids
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics

What you will need

Students are responsible for securing any unit resources listed.

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.

Anything else?

Please note that fee waivers may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.

Next steps




This course requires some attendance at College, often for assessment purposes only. Please enquire about expectations for your specific course when booking.

Attendance is usually at the Aberdeen City Campus or Fraserburgh Campus.

Pre-entry guidance is required prior to booking a place on this course. Please contact Distance Learning Co-ordinators Sheena Thomson or Susan Smith by email, or phone 01346 586136 in the first instance for more information. When submitting your distance learning application form, please ensure you attach the additional information sheet listing qualifications and previous knowledge with your application. You may be required to attend College for assessment. Please check if this is a requirement for your course.

Duration Fees* Code
40 Hours over 6 Months £125.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form and additional information form for this course and return them 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

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