The Higher National Diploma is a one-year part-time course which is ideal for students who wish to convert their HNC in Mechanical Engineering into a HND.
The programme is offered on a day-release basis which allows you to combine your existing professional role with your studies. You will study eight modules which cover a broad range of engineering subjects, identified in consultation with local industry experts and delivered by lecturers with the relevant industry and academic experience. The assignments are linked to modern industrial engineering technology and will enable you to make a positive impact within your current organisation.
You will study for nine hours per week. You will need to equal this time working outside the College on assessments, research, revision and other learning activities. If applicants have not covered the core units within their HNC, additional units may need to be covered. This could be done over an additional year or within the year of study.
All engineering companies demand well qualified, versatile and adaptable staff with high-level skills and knowledge. This course opens up potential opportunities for further study including progression to a full honours degree.
This programme will run with a minimum of six students. In 2015-16 nine students were enrolled on the HND Mechanical Engineering programme.
Delivered at our Roundhouse Campus adjacent to the Derby city centre train station, the programme is regulated by HEFCE and the qualification is awarded by Pearson Edexcel.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. You will need:
You will also need:
You should also have clear evidence of interest in the subject area and motivation to study at higher education level, good attendance and punctuality, and the ability to work independently.
International students will need to demonstrate a minimum IELTS score in English in addition to having a successful interview. Please contact the College for more information.
Assessment is by a combination of programme assignments, practical exercises, case studies and written assignments. Vocational skills are also assessed so that attributes such as evaluation, creativity and analysis can be formally credited. Work of a particularly high quality is rewarded though Merit and Distinction grades.
The level of independent research and critical thinking completed on this course, as well as the assessment methodology, helps to prepare students for further study at degree level. You can progress to the Derby College one-year BEng (Hons) Integrated Engineering top-up programme, validated by Sheffield Hallam University, providing you meet the entry requirements.
As a vocational qualification, the HND also provides students with a range of skills and knowledge that can be readily applied in the workplace and may lead to opportunities for career progression.
Rolls-Royce manager Jack O'Connor says his Derby College engineering course was the "start of everything" for the skills needed in his career. Jack joined the aero engine giant as a semi-skilled polisher and packer of blades. He began his Derby College Level 3 NVQ in engineering principals at the age of 23 when he was accepted by the company as an apprentice. Now aged 31, Jack is a Rolls-Royce production leader. He is also taking a University of Warwick – Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering Business management. Jack said he left school was "a few" GCSEs and the college course and apprenticeship provided him with a second chance to kickstart his career and build his confidence.
He said: "I can honestly say that the course was brilliant and the lecturers were great.
"If you went through a difficult period they were always there to support you. You could have a laugh and a joke as well, and when you take into account the facilities, you're halfway there.
"I was really impressed. It was the start of everything for my work, really."