This professional qualification is suitable for those working in the engineering industry who are looking to develop their mechanical engineering skills. It is a recognised qualification in engineering that offers career progression for those already in employment or as a platform for continued studies at degree level. You will study the qualification part-time, one day a week over two years. This course is delivered though a blended learning approach, meaning teaching and learning occur both on site in the classroom and off site via a virtual learning platform.


Meet our students Brandon Drake-Gould

Brandon Drake-Gould

“I enjoy the learning experience at Newbury College and the fact that it is convenient location and has a great atmosphere.”

Meet our students Lauryn Bailey

Lauryn Bailey

“My company were looking at a course to aid with my next stage in educational development, Newbury college stood out to me from the course selection they gave me as it is a well rated college and the course itself is better suited to my way of learning by being coursework based. The lecturers are always very helpful and their feedback on any assignments are really helpful in where to make improvements now and how to continue that level of detail on other assignments. The course itself it presented in a good way, it is a mixture of classroom teaching and hands on practical.”

Meet our students Sahi Laskar

Sahi Laskar

"I chose to study at Newbury College because I found Engineering an enriching subject, it gives me opportunities that can help broaden my career. I enjoy the graft of working and dedicating the time and energy to achieve my desired grades."

Meet our students Zachary Gibbon-Timms

Zachary Gibbon-Timms

“I have studied at Newbury College for nearly two years now and I feel the college is working hard to ensure I obtain the qualifications I need and want. The course covers a wide range of engineering sectors, allowing me to explore different forms of engineering. The teaching staff all have different backgrounds, making the lessons far more interesting and diverse. I would like to progress onto level 4 at the new University Centre.”

  • Description

    BTEC Higher National Diplomas provide a nationally recognised qualification The qualification is undertaken on a day-release basis over one year and is essentially a follow on from the HNC. The qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required by the sector with national recognition by employers. It is the equivalent to the first year of a degree programme. The core units are:

    • Unit 34: Research Project
    • Unit 35: Professional Engineering Management (Pearson-set)
    • Unit 36: Advanced Mechanical Principles
    • Unit 37: Virtual Engineering
    • Unit 39: Further Mathematics
    • Unit 49: Lean Manufacturing
    • Unit 64: Thermofluids

    The Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering provides for in-depth study of key aspects of mechanical engineering and equips learners for progression within their chosen profession or for further study. Students will be assessed via vocationally relevant assignments and, in addition to classroom teaching, will be expected to develop skills in research and self-directed study.

    Smaller classes mean greater support and as part of Newbury College, we have over 70 years of experience in delivering innovative engineering programmes, working with key players in the industry and creating fantastic opportunities for the students who study with us.

    The BTEC Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering is a nationally recognised qualification that is highly prised by employers.

    The course is delivered part-time, as a day-release over two years on Thursdays.

    Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, this course operates using a blended learning approach, where part, or all of some units may be delivered online, via Microsoft Teams. To participate in this programme you will need a suitable computer and/or device with sufficient internet access. Specific requirements and information on the support available to borrow or purchase equipment can be discussed at interview.

  • Entry Requirements

    You must have completed an HNC in an engineering discipline. Depending on existing qualifications, you may be required to complete additional top-up units to ensure they meet Pearson BTEC requirements.

    You should be familiar with basic computer functions and applications including Microsoft Windows and Office. Parts of your programme will be delivered using Microsoft Teams. Training for this application will be provided.

  • Qualification

    Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

  • Progression

    Upon completion of the course, students have the opportunity to progress to the Engineering Degree or Degree Apprenticeship.

  • Assessment

    You will be assessed continually throughout the course, normally via written assignments.

  • Home Study

    An additional six hours a week is required for work outside of class.

  • Work Placement

    The course is aimed at those already in employment in the electronic/mechanical industry, but such employment is not an essential requirement to benefit from the course. The course does not involve work placement, but you are encouraged to seek out opportunities to visit or engage with companies within the industry.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    The tuition fee for this programme is £3,500 per year. In addition to the tuition fees, an awarding body registration fee (set by the awarding body) and an annual student association fee of £15 are payable. At times, you may be offered the opportunity to visit exhibitions and shows, which may require additional entrance fees and travel costs.

Code Start Fees*
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Code Start Fees*
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* Terms and conditions apply. The fees stated on this website are for guidance purposes only and should be checked before enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, fees shown are for tuition only, over one term (Community Learning courses) or one academic year. Where a course is longer than one academic year, the fees stated are for the first year, and the cost of the second or subsequent years will be discussed at interview. For details of fee remission for students over 19 click here. If you think you may be entitled to a concession or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us on 01635 845000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.