Engineering and Manufacturing

National Extended Diploma in Engineering, Level 3

Course overview

This course will equip you with the technical knowledge needed to progress to higher education (including university), or begin work at a technician level. You will learn about the effects of engineering
on the environment and the financial and legal constraints within which an engineering company operates.

Our theoretical and work-related course enables you to demonstrate your skills through a range of hands-on projects and assignments. Most of your learning will be classroom-based, helping you prepare for higher-level engineering qualifications. Other topics you will learn about include mechanical principles and applications, electronic devices, engineering materials, health and safety in the workplace and primary forming processes. You will also develop your functional skills in maths, IT and communication.

Please note that this course is predominantly aimed at 16 to 19 year olds.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have 5 GCSEs grade 4 and above (A*-C), including English, maths, and science. Alternatively, you will be considered if you have achieved a relevant Level 2 Diploma, such as a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering. Entry is subject to a satisfactory reference and interview.

Entry decisions will be discretionary at interview. Students will continually be assessed through probation period to ensure they are on the correct level.

Course Modules

- Electrical and Electronic Principles
- Primary Forming Processes
- Engineering Materials
- Computer Aided Design (CAD)
- Programmable Logic Controllers
- Electronic Circuit Manufacture

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by coursework. Your tutor will also observe and mark some of your practical work.

What can I do next

You can use your Extended Diploma in Engineering Level 3 to progress to one of our undergraduate courses such as a HNC/ HND in Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering, or Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

You can choose to work in a range of roles, including (but not limited to):
- Precision Fitter
- Machinist
- MaintenanceEngineer
- Jog and Tool Fitter
- CNC Operator
- Materials Engineer
- Programmer
- Production Engineer
- Quality Control Engineer
- 3D Printing Engineer
- Composites Engineer