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.
Taking an engineering course at Derby College Group marked the beginning of a whole new voyage of discovery for naval engineer Declan Clarke-Hancock.
After leaving Littleover Community School, Declan enrolled on the full-time performing engineering operations level 2 course at The Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills college.
Now aged 25, he is a third electro-technical officer (ETO) on the cruise ship Sapphire Princess and is seeing the world while doing an engineering job he loves.
Getting to where he is now hasn’t always been plain sailing though. The Derbyshire firm where Declan took a level 3 electrical apprenticeship closed just as he qualified. Unsure of what to do next, he was looking for a local job as an electrician when he spotted a cadetship opportunity with Princess Cruises.
After attending maritime college in Southampton, as well as training for months at sea, Declan then had to pass difficult Maritime and Coastguard Agency exams before taking up his current role.
Declan started as an ETO in May 2019 and is responsible for the 110,000-ton ship’s electrical and electronics, including looking after her 35 elevators, watertight doors and lifeboats.
Declan said: “Going to Derby College definitely gave me the step up I needed. Without that I wouldn’t have got where I am now so I’m very thankful. I’d like to come back to college and talk to engineering students about my experiences. I want to show them where studying engineering at the Roundhouse can lead – and that they don’t necessarily have to stay in Derby or the East Midlands when they qualify. The right qualifications can take them anywhere.”
Declan has already had many memorable travel experiences through his job. Highlights include kayaking and dog sled riding in an Alaskan glacier, watching England play football in the World Cup in St Petersburg and visiting New York.
Going to Derby College definitely gave me the step up I needed.