The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma provides greater breadth and prepares learners for employment in the mechanical engineering sector. This qualification is suitable for learners who have already decided that they wish to enter this area of work. Progression from this qualification may well be into or within employment in the mechanical engineering sector. Alternatively, learners could progress on to degree courses in related engineering areas such as mechanical engineering or automotive engineering.

The BTEC Higher National Diploma is directly awarded by Pearson Education, UK, one of the leading examining and awarding bodies in the United Kingdom.

BTEC Higher National Diploma qualifications are widely welcomed by the employers, recognized by many international professional bodies and having access to UK and other universities to enter into the second or final year of an honours degree Engineering, subject to the respective universities discretion.


Successful BTEC Higher National Diploma graduates will able to:

  • have developed a sound understanding of the principles in Mechanical Engineering, and will have learned to apply those principles more widely.
  • have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems.
  • have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.
  • will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field.

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Admission Requirements

  • Pass at least one subject at Grade E in GCE A level (or)
  • equivalent foreign qualifications (or) possess level 3 Diploma from Pearson BTEC / NCC Education (or)
  • Mature candidates (minimum 30 years old with 8 years of working experience) with NITEC or minimum 2 GCE O level passes (at least C6 in English and any other subject) or 3 GCE N level passes (at least grade 5 in English and any two other subjects)

Language Proficiency: Students entering the programme whose first language is not English or students whose medium of instruction on their qualifying programme was not English will be required to demonstrate a proficiency in English to TOEFL 500 / IELTS 5.5 or pass in BMC English entry test
Articulate with: Final year top up Engineering degree.

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Course Outline & Programme Structure

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering is a qualification with a minimum of 240 credits. The modules, levels and credit values of the programme satisfying the above requirements are given below.

1 Engineering Design 4 15
2 Engineering Maths 4 15
3 Engineering Science 4 15
4 Managing a Professional Engineering Project 4 15

Mechanical Principles

4 15
6 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines 4 15
7&8 Electrical and Electronic Principles 4 15
Digital Principles 4 15
Engineering Management 4 15
Instrumentation and Control Systems 4 15
9 Research Project 5 30
10 Professional Engineering Management 5 15
11 Advanced Mechanical Principles 5 15
12 Virtual Engineering 5 15

Further Mathematics

5 15
14 & 15 Further Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) 5 15
Further Electrical, Electronic and Digital Principles 5 15
Analogue Electronic Systems 5 15
Total credits 245
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Module Synopsis

1.Engineering Design

  • Plan a design solution and prepare an engineering design specification in response to a stakeholder’s design brief and requirements.
  • Formulate possible technical solutions to address the student-prepared design specification.
  • Prepare an industry-standard engineering technical design report.
  • Present to an audience a design solution based on the design report and evaluate the solution/presentation.

2. Engineering Maths

  • Identify the relevance of mathematical methods to a variety of conceptualized engineering examples.
  • Investigate applications of statistical techniques to interpret, organise and present data by using appropriate computer software packages.
  • Use analytical and computational methods for solving problems by relating sinusoidal wave and vector functions to their respective engineering applications.
  • Examine how differential and integral calculus can be used to solve engineering problems.

3. Engineering Science

  • Examine scientific data using both quantitative and computational methods.
  • Determine parameters within mechanical engineering systems.
  • Explore the characteristics and properties of engineering materials.
  • Analyse applications of A.C./D.C. circuit theorems, electromagnetic principles and properties.

4.Managing a Professional Engineering Project

  • Formulate and plan a project that will provide a solution to an identified engineering problem./li>
  • Illustrate the effects that constraints have on the performance of a dynamic mechanical system..
  • Investigate elements of simple mechanical power transmission systems.
  • Analyse natural and damped vibrations within translational and rotational mass-spring systems.

5. Mechanical Principles

  • Identify solutions to problems within static mechanical systems.
  • Use techniques in set-up reduction and prepare an improved standard operating procedure
  • Understand the benefits of total productive maintenance (TPM) techniques
  • Understand optimised production technology (OPT)

6. Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines

  • Investigate fundamental thermodynamic systems and their properties.
  • Apply the Steady Flow Energy Equation to plant equipment.
  • Examine the principles of heat transfer to industrial applications.
  • Determine the performance of internal combustion engines.

7. Electrical and Electronic Principles

  • Apply an understanding of fundamental electrical quantities to evaluate simple circuits with constant voltages and currents.
  • Evaluate simple circuits with sinusoidal voltages and currents.
  • Describe the basis of semiconductor action, and its application to simple electronic devices.
  • Explain the difference between digital and analogue electronics, describing simple applications of each.

8. Digital Principles

  • Explain and analyse simple combinational logic circuits.
  • Explain and analyse simple sequential logic circuits.
  • Describe and evaluate the technologies used to implement digital electronic circuits.
  • Describe and analyse a range of digital subsystems, hence establishing the building blocks for larger systems.

9. Engineering Management

  • Examine the application of management techniques, and cultural and leadership aspects to engineering organisations.
  • Explore the role of risk and quality management in improving performance in engineering organisations.
  • Investigate the theories and tools of project and operations management when managing activities and optimising resource allocation.
  • Perform activities that improve current management strategies within an identified element of an engineering organisation.

10. Electrical Machines

  • Assess the constructional features and applications of transformers.
  • Analyse the starting methods and applications of three-phase induction motors and synchronous machines.
  • Investigate the types of generator available in industry by assessing their practical applications.
  • Analyse the operating characteristics of electromagnetic transducers and actuators.

11. Instrumentation and Control Systems

  • Identify the instrumentation systems and devices used in process control.
  • Investigate the industrial process control systems.
  • Analyse the control concepts and technologies used within an industrial process.
  • Apply predicted values to ensure stability within a control system.

12. Research Project

  • Conduct the preliminary stages involved in the creation of an engineering research project.
  • Examine the analytical techniques used to work on all stages of the project and strategies required to overcome the challenges involved in a research project.
  • Reflect on the impact the research experience could have in enhancing personal or group performance within an engineering context.
  • Explore the communication approach used for the preparation and presentation of the research project’s outcomes.

13. Professional Engineering Management

  • Evaluate the risk evaluation theories and practices associated with the management of projects for the production of current and developing technology.
  • Produce an engineering services delivery plan that meets the requirements of a sector-specific organisation.
  • Develop effective leadership, individual and group communication skills.
  • Develop personal commitment to professional standards and obligations to society, the engineering profession and the environment.

14. Advanced Mechanical Principles

  • Determine the behavioural characteristics of materials subjected to complex loading.
  • Assess the strength of loaded beams and pressurised vessels.
  • Analyse the specifications of power transmission system elements.
  • Examine operational constraints of dynamic rotating systems.

15. Virtual Engineering

  • Explore the capabilities and limitations of computer-based models in meeting design fundamentals and their use in solving problems in engineering.
  • Analyse finite element product and system models in order to find and solve potential structural or performance issues.
  • Perform CFD simulations to evaluate pressure and velocity distributions within an engineering setting.
  • Determine faults in the application of simulation techniques to evaluate the modelling method and data accuracy.

16. Further Mathematics

  • Use applications of number theory in practical engineering situations.
  • Solve systems of linear equations relevant to engineering applications using matrix methods.
  • Approximate solutions of contextualised examples with graphical and numerical methods.
  • Review models of engineering systems using ordinary differential equations.

17. Further Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)

  • Discuss the selection of a specific PLC for a given industrial application.
  • Evaluate how PLCs exchange information and process signals with other devices.
  • Design a PLC programme to solve an industrial process problem for a given application.
  • Analyse alternative strategies using other types of programmable control devices in industrial applications.

18. Further Electrical, Electronic and Digital Principles

  • Use appropriate mathematical techniques to solve a range of electrical and electronic problems.
  • Apply appropriate circuit theorems to solve problems in electrical networks.
  • Use appropriate laboratory and computer simulation techniques to investigate both analogue and digital circuits and interpret the results.
  • Explain the characteristics of non-linear circuits to predict their behavior under a variety of conditions.

19.Analogue Electronic Systems

  • Design single stage analogue amplifier circuits to predict and measure, by simulation, the gain, frequency response and input and output resistances.
  • Develop functional subsystems through an understanding of the characteristics of operational amplifiers.
  • Examine the characteristics of information represented in analogue and digital format to assess techniques for the conversion of signals between analogue and digital formats.
  • Design electronic circuits using physical components.
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Method of Delivery

Day/evening classes taught by lectures with academic and industry experience

Local 18 Months 24 Months
International 18 Months NA

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Award Criteria

Student must pass all the 15 modules i.e. the units (modules) equivalent to 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 to be awarded with the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Students must satisfy the minimum attendance requirements – 75% for Part-Time students and 90% for Full-time (both local and international students) – in all the modules for the award of Certificate of Attendance (COA).

Students are awarded a Pass, Merit and Distinction qualification grade using the points gained through all 120 credits at level 5 units.

Points per credit

Pass: 4

Merit: 6

Distinction: 8

Overall grade for the Higher National Diploma is awarded based on the table below:

Point Boundaries:

Grade Point boundaries
Pass 420-599
Merit 600-839
Distinction 840+
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Expected date of release of Assessment result

Assessment results will be available to the students within 3 months upon completion of the last assessment for that assessment cycle. Appeal (if any) on assessment results must be lodged within 7 days after the release of assessment results.

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