Engineering Extended Diploma Level 3

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    Two years

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    September 2019


The Level 3 Engineering Extended Diploma is a two year course. During your first year you will study the Level 3 Engineering 90 Credit Diploma. This can be a standalone one year qualification, which is equivalent to three AS levels.

Upon successful completion of the first year, you will then progress on to the second year to study the Level 3 Engineering Extended Diploma, which is equivalent to three A levels.

The Level 3 Diploma provides you with an understanding and practical experience of specialist engineering technologies and principles. You will build on your knowledge of engineering achieved either through completion of the Level 2 Diploma or through demonstrating at interview you have the capabilities for direct entry.

What will I do?

You will study both the theoretical and practical aspects of Engineering including:

    Health and safety Engineering principles Principles of mechanical manufacturing engineering

As well as a range of units that will give you an overview of engineering skills.

You will also continue your studies towards either a Functional Skills or GCSE qualification in English and Maths, as well as developing your skills for employment, looking at different careers and the opportunities available.

You will have the opportunity to visit a number of engineering and educational establishments to enhance your learning and experience the different careers and environments available in the engineering industry.

In addition to your course, you may also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade.

The entry qualifications for the Level 3 Engineering Extended Diploma are five GCSEs at grades C or above (New GCSE grade 4 or above) including English, Maths and related subjects (or equivalent) or Merit or above at Level 2 in relevant subject.

The Engineering Extended Diploma will take you two years to complete. You will attend College for at least four days a week.

The Engineering Extended Diploma is free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year they start their course.

For those aged 19+, this course will cost:
Year 1, 90 Credit Level 3 Diploma - £5421
Year 2, Extended Level 3 Diploma - £3162

If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701.

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the 1st day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £25,000 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.

International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or for details on fees.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

You will be assessed by online exams, practical assessments and written assignments at various stages of the course.

Successful completion of the course would allow you to progress to the Extended Diploma in Engineering for the second year, and then on to university/higher education study, local/national/international employment or uniformed services such as the Forces.

Additional costs include purchasing corporate work wear, which includes polo shirts, overalls, fleece, safety footwear and eye protection.

There may be an opportunity to complete an Industry Placement alongside your main Level 3 course.

Industry placements give you the chance to put into practice what you have learned and you will have the opportunity to spend an average of 50 days working for an employer, in a role directly relevant to your course.

With an Industry Placement you will gain technical skills, be prepared for the world of work, and gain connections in order to secure a job after your course.

What will I gain?

  • Build your confidence, self-reliance and independence in the workplace.
  • Enhance the learning from your college course.
  • Develop your experience and expand your CV.
  • Give yourself a head start in knowing what type of job you may want to go into after finishing your course.
  • May lead to further opportunities such as paid employment or an apprenticeship on completion of your course.
  • Take a step forward professionally, knowing the behaviours expected in the workplace.

What will I do?

  • You will take part in an average of 50 days placement in a role that is directly relevant to your course, in an external organisation.
  • You will develop the practical and technical skills required for your profession/trade.
  • You will develop employability skills such as communication, teamwork and time management.

An existing part time job may qualify as an Industry Placement if it meets the criteria set by the College.

For more information regarding Industry Placements please contact the Enterprise Zone: or call 01205 365701 ext: 3226/3227

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If you live outside of the UK and would like to apply for this course, please complete the International Enquiry Form.

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