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Engineering underpins every aspect of society - the homes we live in, our work and leisure, the energy and transport we use, and the health and care we all need.
According to the Royal Society of Engineering, this sector makes a major contribution to the UK’s economy - some 280 billion and half of all our exports.
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.
Many of these opportunities will require engineering technologists: people who are skilled in applying their knowledge and understanding of science, engineering, and computers to solving practical areas. Our course in this area is called Engineering Technology.
Is this course right for me?
Do you enjoy looking at machines, structures, technology, gadgets, and wonder how they are made? Did you enjoy making things at school? Do you want to a job where your practical skills are put to use?
Our Level 3 Engineering Technology course focuses on engineering workshop techniques and procedures - using lathes, mills, drills, and hand fitting, for example. Modern engineering requires good computer skills, so our course covers this too.
You will still learn about the basic science and maths required to work in engineering technology, but the emphasis is firmly on the workshop.
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 Grade 4 (C) at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.
This course usually takes place over 3 days per week for two years and will give you the skills and knowledge to solve practical problems of an engineering nature. Over the full course, you can expect to spend equal amounts of time in the workshop, putting theory into practice, and studying engineering theory.
You will be studying for a Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in the first year and a Pearson BTEC Diploma in the second year.
The full two-year course is equivalent to 2 A-Levels and is worth up to 112 UCAS points (double Distinction*) or 96 UCAS points (double Distinction).
In addition to the Pearson qualification, you will also receive training in workshop techniques and technology, gaining industry-recognised certificates upon completion.
First year topics include:
- Mechanical Principles
- Engineering Design
- Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
- Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
- Secondary & Finishing Techniques
Second year topics include:
- Engineering Project
- Mechanical Measurement and Inspection
- Mechanical Applications
- Electrical Technology
You will also learn about the industry through trips and speakers. In previous years, learners have had the opportunity to take part in a variety of short local visits to the likes of Gilkes, BAE Systems, and Siemens, and international trips to locations such as Brussels, Barcelona, and Paris.
Assessment will be via ongoing written assignments and practical activities throughout the year.
This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.
How will I be assessed?
With this qualification, you can progress into straight into employment or an apprenticeship in engineering, as you will have the knowledge and workshop skills companies are looking for.
You can also progress to into Higher Education - either through a Higher Apprenticeship or at some universities.
For entry onto the Level 3 Engineering Technology course, you will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or higher, including English Language and Science. You will also need GCSE Mathematics, Foundation or Higher Tier, at grade 5 or higher.
Alternatively, learners with an EAL Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology, along with GCSE English Language and Mathematics, also meet entry requirements.
All applicants will require an interview with the course tutor and in some cases, a trade test.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details. More about Student Finance.