Engineering and Manufacturing

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Qualifications on offer: Level 3 Diploma in Engineering: Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering

Summary of course

This level is ideal for experienced students with an understanding and practical experience of specialist engineering technologies and principles and have studied and successfully passed Level 2 Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering.

This qualification provides knowledge and practical skills related to the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering.

To gain the qualification you must complete a range of mandatory and optional units.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • 301 Engineering health and safety
  • 302 Engineering principles
  • 307 Principles of Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering

Three of the following Specialist Units:

  • Machining materials by turning
  • Machining materials by milling
  • Machining materials by grinding
  • Detailed fitting of materials
  • Advanced mathematics and science
  • Produce drawings using CAD

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

The assessment methods for this qualification are as follows:

  • Units 301 and 302: Online multiple-choice assessment
  • Assignment 2850-307: The assessment includes short-answer questions to verify coverage of the underpinning knowledge in the unit
  • All other units: Assignments

The assessment covers the practical activities for all outcomes and will also sample underpinning knowledge to verify coverage of the unit. Centre devised assignments are internally marked and externally verified.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you have an interest in:

  • following an Apprenticeship and Advanced Modern Apprenticeship programmes
  • career progression within the Engineering industry
  • developing the skills learnt from other qualifications
  • attaining evidence towards the underpinning knowledge of the N/SVQ
  • gaining a Level 3 qualification in mechanical manufacturing engineering

Progression and Career Opportunities

You could progress onto a higher apprenticeship in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering or other qualifications such as:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
  • Level 4 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Manufacture.

This qualification can help you to progress in a wide range of engineering roles including:

  • Engineering operative
  • Engineering maintenance technician
  • Mechanical engineering technician
  • Sheet metal worker
  • Toolmaker/machine setter.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 3 entry requirements including GCSE English, Maths, a Science subject and a Level 2 Certificate in Engineering (2800), Level 2 Diploma in Engineering (2850) or equivalent.

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

Express a desire to move onto a higher level qualification.

General Info (materials required for the course)

You will require full PPE for the workshops, (Steel toe capped boots, overalls, safety glasses)and calculator, pens, pencils, books etc.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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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