Level: 4
Awarding Body: Pearsons (BTEC)


The HNC in General Engineering (Mechatronics) is a two-year part time programme on which students will be required to attend swdt for one day per week. 

The modules studied will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of Mechatronic systems and principles.  

Within this programme, students have the opportunity to study two additional modules, enabling the HND in general engineering to be achieved in one year rather than two.

All students will carry out practical work on and in our automation training facilities, electronics lab and engineering workshops. These sessions provide the opportunity to work on industrial standard equipment, to learn engineering skills including; automation control, PLC programming, mechanical maintenance, fluid power, and electrical measurement & testing


Studying and learning:

Teaching and learning is achieved by using a range of methods including taught classes, tutorials, and practical sessions. The modules undertaken on this programme will include:

  • Analytical Methods for Engineers
  • Engineering Science
  • Utilisation of Electrical Energy
  • PLC’s
  • Design
  • Mechatronics Systems Principles
  • Project
  • Applications of Pneumatics & Hydraulics
  • Electrical & Electronic Principles
  • Quality & Business Improvement 


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through; written assignments, phase tests and practical assessments.

What next?

Students have the opportunity to progress to a one year L5 HND Diploma in General (Mechatronics) Engineering, with further progress to a top-up Degree in engineering (subject to achieved grades). This course also provides opportunities for employment in mechatronics and automation engineering industries, for example; Engineering operatives, Multi-skilled Maintenance technicians and Automation Engineers.


Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSE’s at A*-C level, which include English and Maths.

  • Level 3 BTEC Diploma or Level 3 Extended Diploma, A-Level qualifications in maths or science.

  • For mature students with appropriate work experience a ' bridging' programme in engineering principles and mathematics may be required.

  • Entry will also be subject a satisfactory interview.


Course Cost

Course Fee:

£4500 (split over two years)

Registration fee:


Course Duration


Part-time (1 day per week, 08:30 – 17:30)


2 years


September 2017