HN Mechanical Engineering Bundle (Pearson)

This bundle of HN Engineering units has been specifically put together for those who are looking to study a few units that will directly benefit them in the mechanical engineering industry, giving them the skills and expertise to progress in the industry by taking on more highly-skilled roles.

We can now offer units in bundles of between 1-4 units, instead of solely through a full HN qualification, owing to Pearson's new HN Flex scheme.

The HN Flex scheme allows you to gain skills in a more efficient and bite-size way , without having to enrol in a full qualification course. It means you can study individual, stackable Higher National (HN) units with the progression opportunity of a full, long-term Higher National qualification in the future.

HN Flex may appeal to you if you are:
• Someone who has previously studied HN units or obtained an HNC or HND, and you would like to top up your knowledge and skills base.
• Have the long-term ambition of obtaining a Higher National qualification, but for the time being would only like to study a few topics/units, which can be banked and then used later on down the line towards your qualification.
• Interested in gaining more niche skills, to upskill or reskill, for Continuing Professional Development (CPD), instead of completing a full qualification.
• Interested in studying a combination of topics/units from both our HN Engineering and HN Business programmes. Someone working in engineering who is required to develop skills in business management would take up this route.

Upon completing an individual HN unit, students receive a Certificate of Unit Credit (CoUC) which will detail the unit(s) studied, Ofqual number and the unit credits. Students can then progress to a full HN via the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Benefits For Students:
• Fully accredited by Pearson Edexcel. 15 credits awarded per unit under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
• Flexible, unlimited tutor support seven days per week.
• No exams! All assessments are based on assignments that you submit in your own time.
• Fast marking within 48 hours of submission.
• No deadlines and flexible study that you can complete in your own time - you can balance work, life and your studies.
• Credits banked towards internationally recognised courses – BTEC Higher Nationals are delivered by universities, colleges, and distance learning providers in 60 countries around the world.
• Flexible and competitive payment plans.
• 14-day money-back guarantee.
• No attendance required – All learning and assessment resources are hosted online.
• All learning objectives are part of the RQF framework, and all resources are the same as the usual Pearson Edexcel HNC/D resources.

Benefits For Employers:
• Provide CPD via specific occupationally relevant units.
• No need for long commitment to a full qualification.
• Lower investment.
• The ability to target specific knowledge, skills and behaviours and upskill employees rapidly.
• The chance to build relationships with the region’s local college/s.

Module Details - How Will It Work?

The recommended mechanical based units appear on the first tab below, although you can select any combination of units you like (to view all available HN Engineering units please head to the HN Flex main page). Samples of the workbooks are available to view below, along with the official Pearson unit specifications (click on the unit title). Please note that if you don't have a Pearson HNC in Engineering, you may only select level 4 units, as the same entry requirements apply. We strongly recommend including two out the following four units (U2 Engineering Maths, U3 Engineering Science, U8 Mechanical Principles, U18 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines) in your flex bundle, should you wish to, later on, top-up to a full HNC.

U8 Mechanical Principles

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the essential mechanical principles associated with engineering applications.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to explain the underlying principles, requirements and limitations of mechanical systems.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Identify solutions to problems within static mechanical systems.

2. Illustrate the effects that constraints have on the performance of a dynamic mechanical system.

3. Investigate elements of simple mechanical power transmission systems.

4. Analyse natural and damped vibrations within translational and rotational mass-spring systems.

U13 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines

This unit introduces students to the principles and concepts of thermodynamics and its application in modern engineering.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to 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, and determine the performance of internal combustion engines.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Investigate fundamental thermodynamic systems and their properties.

2. Apply the Steady Flow Energy Equation to plant equipment.

3. Examine the principles of heat transfer to industrial applications.

4. Determine the performance of internal combustion engines.

U11 Fluid Mechanics

This unit introduces students to the fluid mechanics techniques used in mechanical engineering. The hydraulic devices and systems incorporate the transmission of hydraulic pressure and forces exerted by a static fluid on immersed surfaces.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to work with the concept and measurement of viscosity in fluids, and the characteristics of Newtonian and non- Newtonian fluids; examine fluid flow phenomena, including energy conservation, estimation of head loss in pipes and viscous drag; and examine the operational characteristics of hydraulic machines, in particular the operating principles of various water turbines and pumps.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Determine the behavioural characteristics of static fluid systems.

2. Examine the operating principles and limitations of viscosity measuring devices.

3. Investigate dynamic fluid parameters of real fluid flow.

4. Explore dynamic fluid parameters of real fluid flow.

U6 Mechatronics

Mechatronics is the combination of mechanical, electrical and computer/controlled engineering working together in automated systems and ‘smart’ product design.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to explain the basic mechatronic system components and functions, design a simple mechatronic system specification for a given application, use appropriate simulation and modelling software to examine its operation and function, and solve faults on mechatronic systems using a range of techniques and methods.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Explain the design and operational characteristics of a mechatronic system.

2. Design a mechatronic system specification for a given application.

3. Examine the operation and function of a mechatronics system using simulation and modelling software.

4. Identify and correct faults in a mechatronic system.

U36 Advanced Mechanical Principles

The aim of this unit is to continue covering the topics discussed in Unit 9: Mechanical Principles. It will provide students with advanced knowledge of the mechanical theories associated with engineering applications.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to have more advanced knowledge of mechanical principles to determine the behavioural characteristics of materials subjected to complex loading; assess the strength of loaded beams and pressurised vessels; determine specifications of power transmission system elements; and examine operational constraints of dynamic rotating systems.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Determine the behavioural characteristics of materials subjected to complex loading.

2. Assess the strength of loaded beams and pressurised vessels.

3. Analyse the specifications of power transmission system elements.

4. Examine operational constraints of dynamic rotating systems.

U64 Thermofluids

The aim of this unit is to provide a rational understanding of functional thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in common industrial applications.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to review industrial thermodynamic systems and their properties, examine the operation of practical steam and gas turbines plants, illustrate the properties of viscosity in fluids, and analyse fluid systems and hydraulic machines.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Review industrial thermodynamic systems and their properties.

2. Examine the operation of practical steam and gas turbines plants.

3. Illustrate the properties of viscosity in fluids.

4. Analyse fluid systems and hydraulic machines.

Entry Requirements - How Do I Apply?

The usual entry requirement is a level 3 qualification in this field. However, mature candidates who do not possess such qualifications but have experience in the engineering field can also be accepted onto the course. Please note that if you don't have a Pearson HNC in Engineering, you may only select level 4 units, as the same entry requirements apply. Please get in touch with our admissions team, who will be able to tell you if you meet the entry requirements and provide advice on what you will need to enrol on this course.

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Progression - What Can I Do After My Course?

What you do after your unit(s) entirely depends on how many you have already banked. You may have chosen to study an initial one unit, meaning you can continue to register for more units individually up to a maximum of four. At any point (after one, two, three, or four units), you may decide to use the credits banked towards a full Pearson HN qualification.

If you have completed four HN units, the next step would be to consider using your credits towards a full Pearson HN qualification, as you cannot study more than four individual units under the HN Flex scheme.

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