Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    Tuesday from 11 September 2018 to 5 June 2020

* People in receipt of certain state benefits may be entitled to a reduction in fees. Please call our Enrolment Centre on 0300 123 2344

Summary of course

The City and Guilds 2850-34 - Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering is a two year course, one day a week. To obtain the Level 3 Diploma in Engineering a student must successfully complete six units, two of which must be Units 301 and 302 (Engineering industry and Engineering technology).

The course is has a very 'practical' element and theory classes are included to support the practical activities.

These qualifications can help you to progress in a wide range of engineering roles including:

  • Engineering operative
  • Mechanical engineering technician

The units you will study are likely to include:

301 - Engineering Health and Safety 302 - Engineering principles 307 - Principles of mechanical manufacturing engineering 323 - Machining materials by turning 324 - Machining materials by milling 325 - Machining materials by grinding or: 327 - Detailed fitting of materials

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

How is the course assessed?

The mandatory core units 301 - Engineering health and safety and 302 Engineering principles are assessed by a City & Guilds online multiple-choice assessment.

The ‘Principles of mechanical manufacturing engineering' unit is assessed by a short-answer question paper.

All other units are assessed by assignment which contains practical and knowledge tasks.

The practical aspect of the assignments are centre devised with guidance provided by City & Guilds.

The knowledge aspect of the assignments (short-answer questions) is provided by City & Guilds. Assessment components are graded (Pass, Merit, Distinction). A pass is the achievement level required for the knowledge and understanding in an NVQ and generally represents the ability to follow instructions and procedures. Merit and distinction represent increasing levels of ability to adapt to changing circumstances and to independently resolve problems.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is ideal for students who:

  • intend to follow Apprenticeship and Advanced Modern Apprenticeship programmes
  • wish for career progression within the Engineering industry
  • wish to develop the skills learnt from other qualifications
  • require evidence towards the underpinning knowledge of the N/SVQ.

    This award is designed to contribute towards the knowledge and understanding for the N/SVQs in Engineering Level 3 (City & Guilds 1788), while containing additional skills and knowledge which go beyond the scope of the National Occupational Standards. It provides a valuable alternative for those students who do not have access to the N/SVQ. Students must follow one of eight engineering pathways. Successful students will receive a certificate endorsed with their chosen pathway, in this case it will be endorsed as L3 Diploma in Engineering - Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering.

This level is ideal for experienced students with an understanding and practical experience of specialist engineering technologies and principles.

This course is also beneficial to people wishing to train for a career move.

Entry Requirements for new students

For this part-time course you must be employed in the industry.

It is expected that students should have the Level 2 Certificate in Engineering (2800), Level 2 Diploma in Engineering MME (2850) or equivalent in order to be able to satisfactorily complete the course of study. You should also hold a GCSE Grade 9-4 (A*-C) in English and Maths or Level 2 equivalent.

You will be required to participate an initial assessment of your literacy and numeracy skills in order to make a judgement about your ability to successfully achieve the units on this course.

New Students: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*- C) which must include GCSE Maths and English (and preferably include GCSE Science at grade C)

Northampton College Students: Level 2 Certificate in Engineering (2800), Level 2 Diploma in Engineering (2850) or equivalent and GCSE Maths and English at grades 9-4 (A*-C)

You will be required to participate an initial assessment of your literacy and numeracy skills in order to make a judgement about your ability to successfully achieve the units on this course.

As well as the GCSE grades stipulated, other methods of entry requirements that will be considered are:

  • A BTEC Level 2 Diploma in a related subject
  • An Intermediate GNVQ in a related subject

General Info (materials required for the course)

For further information please contact the Enrolment Centre on 0300 123 2344.

Course fee information

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in 2019. If you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us on 0300 123 2344 or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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