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, but still accepted onto the course, 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 Level 3 Extended Certificate in the first year and a Pearson BTEC Level 3 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:
- Engineering Principles
- Engineering Safety Processes
- Engineering Product Design and Manufacturing
- Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Second year topics include:
- Specialist Engineering Project
- Mechanical Maintenance
- Welding Technology
- Machining Processes
- Electrical Machines
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.
For entry onto the Level 3 Engineering Technology course, you will need at least four GCSEs at grade 5 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, both at grade 4, also meet entry requirements.
All applicants will require an interview with the course tutor and in some cases, a trade test.
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 Higher Education - either through a Higher Apprenticeship or at some universities.
Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses.
The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2021/22 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2022/23 will be updated in the Spring Term 2022. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Receive an eligible means-tested benefit e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
- Have an annual salary of less than £17,374.50
- Are aged 16-18 on 31/08/21 and are not studying at another school/college
- Are aged 19 or over on 31/08/21 and do not already have a Level 1, 2 or 3 qualification
- Have a household income under £25,000 and are in financial hardship
See the Student Money pages for more information.
The fees displayed are for the 1-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please contact us for the cost of the second year as it will be different.
Level 3-6 Courses for Adults
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over 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.