Jack Smith | Level 3 Engineering
The equipment is excellent and really interesting to use, loads of different machines like CNC and the robot arm; you get lots of guidance and learn to use them safely. I’ve enjoyed the independence and responsibility for your own learning and am hoping to progress to a Higher Apprenticeship.Read More
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 scientists: people who have an advanced understanding of science, mathematics, and computers. They use their skills to understand new discoveries, technologies, and develop solutions for practical applications. Our course in this area is called Engineering Science.
Is this course right for me?
Do you enjoy maths and science? Do you look at technology, machines, and structures, and wonder how they work? Do you want a career where your thinking and problem solving skills are put to use?
Our Level 3 Engineering Science course concentrates on the fundamental rules, structures, and scientific theory behind modern engineering - mechanics, circuits, thermodynamics, and materials. Modern engineering requires good computer skills, so our course covers this too.
This course usually takes place over 3 days per week for two years. You complete a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in the first year and a Pearson BTEC Level 3 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.
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 will spend about 80 percent of your college time studying theory, and 20 percent doing practical theory.
First year topics include:
- Engineering Principles
- Engineering Safety Processes
- Engineering Product Design and Manufacturing
- Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering
- Calculus for Solving Engineering Problems
- Computer Aided Design (CAD)
- Pneumatic and Hydraulic System
Second year topics include:
- Specialist Engineering Project
- Microcontroller Systems for Engineers
- Further Engineering Mathematics
- Thermodynamics Principles
- Fluid Mechanics
- Electrical Machines
- Dynamic Mechanical Principles
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, Paris, and Prague.
Assessment will be via ongoing written assignments, timed examination, and practical activities throughout the year.
For entry onto the Level 3 Engineering Science course, you will need at least five GCSEs at grade 6 or higher, including English Language and Science (if separate Science, then at least Physics and Chemistry). You will also need GCSE Higher Tier Mathematics, at grade 6 or higher.
All applicants will require an interview with the course tutor and in some cases, a trade test.
After Your Course
With this qualification, you will have the scientific knowledge and mathematical skills to progress to university and study engineering at an undergraduate level.
You can also become a Higher Apprentice in engineering, in some areas.
Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
Level 3-6 Courses for Adults
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.