Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    Thursday from 13 September 2018 to 20 June 2019

* 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 Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering is a 1 year course, 1 day a week. The course is made up of six units that everyone takes. Successful completion of these units allows the student to return for a second year to top-up this qualification to a full Level 3 Diploma in Engineering on completion of six more units.

In the first year studying the Subsidiary Diploma students will usually study the following six units:

  • Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace
  • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
  • Mechanical Principles and Applications
    • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Drawings for Technicians

In the second year for the Diploma in Engineering, the students will go to complete a further 6 units. Some units are optional depending on Employers needs but we generally teach:

  • Engineering Project (Double Unit)
  • Communications for Engineering Technicians
  • Engineering Design
  • Computer Aided Drafting in Engineering
  • Mechanical Measurement and Inspection Techniques

The course is very theoretical with some elements of practical to support the theory.

After Year 2 you can complete more units at Level 3 to complete an Extended Diploma in Engineering or go onto a Higher National Certificate is usually the next stage but some students move onto Degree courses.

How is the course assessed?

Assignments are set with strict deadlines and there are some practical activities which are required to be written up in a report and phase tests for some of the more analytical subjects. The assessments will include some research and investigation into background theory. At the moment there are no formal examinations but tests will be an integral part of the course to monitor progress of students.

Who is this course for?

People in the occupational area take the course but it will be beneficial to those wishing to train for a career move or go onto a HNC.

Entry Requirements for new students

All prospective students will be required to sit a maths assessment to ensure this is the right level of study for them.

You will also need one of the following:

  • A BTEC First Certificate or Diploma in a related subject at Merit grade
  • An Intermediate GNVQ in a related subject
  • At least five GCSEs at Grade A* to C including Maths (must be Higher paper), English Language and science
  • A relevant qualification that would need to be discussed with the course tutor

Please call us on 0300 123 2344 to speak with one of our tutors before enrolling onto this course.

To go onto year 2 (top up to a Diploma) ALL the six units taken in year 1 must have been successfully completed in year.

General Info (materials required for the course)

Pens, Pencils, Scientific Calculator, Geometry Set, Pad to write on and take notes, folder to keep your work/notes in, PPE (overalls and boots) for the workshop.

You will be notified of which text books are best suited to the curriculum when you start.

Access to the internet is required, if you do not have access at home there are facilities are available at College.

We have a wide selection of library books and electronic books for you to use for this course.

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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