Engineering, Level 3

Courses starting September. Call 01539 814700 for details.

Engineering underpins just about everything from transport to medicine and farming to space exploration. To meet all of these needs requires a vast number engineers who can work in technical disciplines.

With environmental technologies being at the forefront of the new green economy, there are hundreds of jobs expected to be created in the next few years, both nationally and locally, which require people with the skills to support the aeronautical, creative, digital, food, farming, marine, mining and tourism related industries.

The word ‘engineer’ derives from the Latin word to ‘create’ and ‘cleverness’. Engineers design and create components that can change the world. You will analyse things and come up with solutions. The career opportunities are endless across the sector, from sourcing the raw materials to assembling products to managing the workforce. Engineering is an interesting and popular career, with skilled tradesman in high demand.

This course usually takes place over 3 days per week for two years. You complete the 90-credit Diploma in the first year and the Extended Diploma in the second year. The two-year course is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and is worth up to 168 UCAS points (Triple Distinction*)  or 144 UCAS points (Triple Distinction). UCAS have recently changed the UCAS Tariff from September 2017 so they could include more qualifications. The new Tariff points are lower than the original Tariff points but the value remains the same, as universities will just use lower Tariff numbers in their entry requirements than in previous years.

The course is mainly theoretical, with Maths being an important subject. The majority of students progress onto degree level courses on completion. As well as academic learning, the department has state-of-the-art equipment enabling you to gain practical experience e.g. 3D printers, CAD software, HAAS lathe and mill, CNC machines that create metal products and Robotic Arms for high precision work. The department has also recently bought a 2-seater Microlight!

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a ‘C’ grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

Next: What will I learn?

What will I learn?

This course will give you the skills and knowledge to solve practical problems of an engineering nature.

Applying a professional approach to a variety of problem-solving scenarios, you will develop a sound understanding of the advanced scientific, mathematical, electrical, manufacturing, design and project management skills required for a successful career in this extremely diverse industry.

You will:
- Use maths to find solutions to problems and understand how materials behave.
- Use CAD software to design products and manual machines such as lathes and mills to make products.
- Learn about mechanical and electrical principles, handfitting and health & safety.
- Observe similar rules and procedures to industry e.g. PPE, 5S and risk assessments.

You will also learn about the industry through trips and speakers. Students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of trips e.g. local visits to Gilkes, BAE and Siemens, and international trips to Brussels and Barcelona. On the trip to Brussels, students visited the Toyota Research and Development Centre, the Microsoft Innovation Centre and talked to a MEP about his work reducing emissions. Students also recently benefited from a talk by Samantha Burman, a motorcycle road racer who works for Tartae Steel and makes her own machine parts for her motorcycle.

Next: Assessment

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be via ongoing assignments and practical activities throughout the year.

Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

5.4 million people are employed in the engineering industry in the UK and the Royal Academy of Engineering estimates that the UK economy will need 830,000 new scientists, engineers and technologists by 2020.

Most of our students progress to university and Higher Level study and some directly into employment and apprenticeships. In this industry, you won’t be short on opportunities.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

For Level 3 entry you will need a Level 2 Engineering qualification or five GCSEs at A*-C including English, Maths and a science subject.

All applicants will require an interview with the course tutor and in some cases, a trade test.

Next: Fees

Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on for details. More about Student Finance.

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