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.
Shy student engineer Pete "grew" to enjoy distinguished police career. Retired police officer Pete Szabo was "painfully shy" and not "particularly bookish" as a young man...yet he went on to hold some of the most senior positions in the Derbyshire force.
And, looking back, he credits his early training in an entirely different field at Derby College with broadening his skills, as he "grew" to pass his police training course with the second highest mark. When he retired at the end of October, Pete, 52, had operational oversight of 680 officers and police staff, yet in the mid-1980s he worked as a laboratory technician in Belper.
While Pete was with solid fuel business TI Parkray, he studied on release for a day-and-a half-a week, over four years, at Derby College. He gained his ONC and HNC engineering qualifications with passes and merits. And his time at Derby College helped lay the foundations when he decided to change career and apply for the police.
Pete progressed through the ranks, from PC, to becoming the youngest Sergeant at the time in Derbyshire, to Inspector and Chief Inspector. At one stage he headed Learning and Development for forces across the East Midlands.
He retired as Chief Inspector and Operations Manager for the Derbyshire force. Pete is currently studying for a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 qualification and said he intends to keep on learning.
For me, college was great. I was painfully shy at that stage and it helped me grow as a person, through meeting and learning from people from a wide range of backgrounds and different ages and cultures, and from various sections of industry like Rolls-Royce.
It gave me an early idea of public speaking and it gave me an insight into the academic world. I'm not the most bookish of people but I came out of my police training course with the second highest mark.