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Engineering – Level 3 Diploma (Year 1 of 2)

This course is intended for students who wish to obtain a Level 3 qualification in Engineering with a mechanical bias.  Candidates are placed in, or have experience of, an Engineering Sector and are able to attend College on a day release basis over two years.  Consideration will be given to students wishing to progress into Engineering from an industrial background.

Entry Requirements

Students should possess 4 GCSE level passes at Grade C in Mathematics, English, Science and another appropriate subject, or, satisfactory completion of a BTEC Level 2 qualification to merit standard.

Applicants not possessing the above qualifications but having substantial appropriate industrial experience, and/or equivalent qualifications will also be considered.

Course Content

To achieve the Level 3 Diploma, a series of units require completion over the two year duration. The course contains 11 units, one of which is a double unit making a total of 12 units of study.

Unit 1 Health and Safety
Unit 2 Communications for Technicians
Unit 3 Engineering Project (double unit)
Unit 4 Mathematics for Technicians
Unit 5 Mechanical Principles and Applications
Unit 6 Electrical and Electronic Principles
Unit 8 Engineering Design
Unit 17 Computer Aided Drafting
Unit 21 Engineering Secondary/Finishing processes
Unit 26 Computer Numerical Control of Machine Tools
Unit 31 Computer Aided Manufacturing

How will I be taught?

The course is delivered over two years on a part time day release basis. 6 units are studied in year one and 5 (one of which is double loaded) in year two. All units are taught within our specialist teaching rooms and workshop. Each unit is delivered by our experienced lecturers using a variety of teaching methods.

How will I be assessed?

To gain the qualification students must pass or gain exemption in all units. The assessment procedure for each unit involves the completion of a programme of assignments and some in-course tests. A grade of pass, merit or distinction can be achieved within each unit.

All assessment procedures are subject to scrutiny by EdExcel who are the awarding body. The student must satisfy the verifier that he/she has reached a minimum of a pass grade at all stages of the assessment programme. The final grade for each student will be an accumulation of grades obtained at all stages of the assessment programme.

Will I need any extra equipment?

We recommend that you provide for yourself a scientific calculator, a USB stick (or similar memory device) and necessary folder, paper and stationery.  On some occasions it may be necessary for you to wear Personal Protection Equipment.

What qualifications will I get?


What will it allow me to do in the future?

Satisfactory completion of the course can offer progression to a Higher National Certificate or an appropriate higher education programme. This qualification is recognised by employers based within Engineering.

Course Information

This course no longer attracts government funding subsidy for students aged 19 or above on the start date of this course. To help pay for these fees you may be entitled to the 19+ Advanced Learning Loan. Please contact Admissions on 02392 797910 or email admissions@southdowns.ac.uk for further information.

This course information is accurate at the time of printing but is subject to change.


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Further Information

For learners aged 24 or above on the start date of this course, please be aware that this level of course no longer attracts government funding subsidy. You may be eligible for a ‘24+ Advanced Learning Loan’. Please refer to College part time information for detail about fees (24+ fees). Customer Services and Reception will be able to supply detail on 24+ Advanced Learning Loan(s) or College instalment plan, as appropriate.

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