Engineering Technology is all about how ideas and designs are applied to problems and needs - people who work in engineering technology are called Incorporated Engineers, and they are skilled at using industrial machines and tools, computers, plans and data. Across the UK, there are nearly 70 000 job opportunities each year for engineers of all kinds, and 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.
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 also about learn about the fundamental science, maths, and engineering techniques required to work in engineering technology. You will be studying for a Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in the first year and a Pearson BTEC Diploma in the second year. All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme.
This course usually takes place over three 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.
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
- Engineering Mathematics
- Mechanical Measurement and Inspection
- Mechanical Applications
- Electrical 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, Barcelona, and Paris.
Assessment will be via ongoing written assignments and practical activities throughout the year.
All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main course. Those students who have not yet achieved a Grade 4 (or C) at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them. However, students will still have to achieve the stated Entry Requirements before they start the course.
For entry onto the Level 3 Engineering Technology course, you will need:
- GCSE English, Grade 5 or above
- GCSE Maths (ideally higher-tier), Grade 5 or above
- GCSE Science subject, Grade 5 or above
- Two more GCSEs at Grade 5 or above
Alternatively, learners with a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology, along with GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4, also meet entry requirements.
All applicants will require an interview with the course tutor and in some cases, an aptitude test.
NB: Enrolment on this course is dependent on meeting the Entry Requirements stated above.
After Your Course
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 Degree-Level study - either through a Higher Apprenticeship or at some universities.
Course fees are per year. The current 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.