SCQF Level 7


Flexible start date




  • Engineering


  • Online

Why take this course?

This can be a mandatory Unit within HNC/HND Mechanical Engineering Group Award, or may be part of another Group Award or single HN unit. It is designed to provide you with a good knowledge and understanding of material properties and testing, allowing you to apply basic material selection concepts to a range of components. It also gives you the opportunity to examine materials and components with the aim of establishing basic properties.

Credit points and level: 1 HN credit at SCQF level 7: (8 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7)

What you will experience

You will study a range of material groups including metals, polymers, ceramics, natural, and composites materials. You will also develop essential knowledge and skills in the principles of material and component testing, which will be reinforced by two or more practical testing methods. By the end of the Unit you will be expected to justify your selection of materials for particular components; selected from a set range of components and materials.

The formal assessments for this unit consist of an assessment paper covering outcomes 1, 2 and 3 lasting 1 hour 30 minutes and two laboratory assignments covering outcome 4. Laboratory reports will be written up in your own time. The assessment paper for outcomes 1, 2 and 3 will be conducted under closed book conditions in which you will not be allowed to take notes, textbooks etc. into the assessment. You will sit this assessment paper at the end of the unit.