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The BTEC Level 3 in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering will allow you to enter the world of work or University. Many engineers who gain this qualification go on to University and read for a BSc in Engineering. In addition, the qualification is valid for progression to apprenticeships.

  • What will I study?

    The Level 3 National Extended Diploma is equivalent in size to three A Levels. This qualification is recognised by industry as providing a good base as it includes elements of mechanical, electrical and electronics skills. This course is ideal if you have an interest in the technical aspects of Mechanical Engineering and wish to gain a Level 3 National Extended Diploma technical qualification in Engineering.

    To help with theory content, extra lessons in the form of GCSE English and Mathematics may be available to give you further support. And will receive strong personal tutorial support. After successfully achieving this qualification, you can progress onto a Higher National Certificate, a Higher Apprenticeship, University or employment.

    The units you will study are likely to include:

    Core Units:

    • Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace
    • Communications for Engineers
    • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians

    Units to make up the completion of all nine units studied in year 1:

    • Mechanical Principles
    • Electrical and Electronic Principles
    • Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials
    • Engineering Drawing for Technicians
    • Engineering Secondary and Finishing Techniques
    • Engineering Design

    In year 1 students must complete 9 units and failure to do so could affect their opportunities for progression to year 2. Year 2 is more specialist, where you will have the opportunity to develop your area of interest and application to a Higher Education course. You will finish by writing and completing a unit project and mounting an exhibition of your work.

    All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal if you have an interest in the technical aspects of General/Mechanical Engineering and wish to gain a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering.

    The course is aimed at those who wish to either gain entry to University or those who wish to develop their theoretical knowledge and practical skills to enable them to work in the industry.

  • How is the course assessed?

    A process of continuous assessment involving unit assignments (normally three or four per unit) Assessment of each unit includes internally graded exams/coursework.

    There are strict deadlines for the completion of these throughout the academic year.

  • Your Study Programme

    If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme this could be a vocational or technical qualification. 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.

    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.

    If you have chosen to study for a T Level qualification, this will involve college-based theory and practice lessons along with relevant work placement to enable you to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers are looking for.

    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.

    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).

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • The awareness of health and safety regulations, relevance to the occupation and the machinist's responsibilities
    • Engineering representations, drawings, graphical information and specifications
    • Machining operations and techniques to produce complex components.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Comply with environmental, ethical and sustainability regulations and procedures
    • Record information; paper based or electronic
    • Apply machining operations and techniques to produce complex components with features.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Prioritise health and safety

    • Team focus to meet work goals; for example, working effectively with others and resolving issues in discussion with others

    • Support an equal, diverse and inclusive culture.
  • General info

    Students will be expected to purchase some basic equipment relevant to the course. This will be conveyed to them in the form of a kit list, sent via email during the summer before they enrol.

    There may be opportunities to go on trips throughout the year, the cost of these will be discussed with students ahead of time.

    It is expected that students come prepared for all sessions ? basic stationery is a must.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    On successful completion of this qualification students could continue their studies to a HNC in Engineering on a part time basis or by applying to University for a relevant degree programme. Or employment as an engineering technician. Specific areas of work could include specialist areas such as:

    • Engineering technician
    • Cad design technician
    • Design engineer in high performance engineering
    • Project leader
    • Test and inspection
    • Green technology
  • Entry Requirements for new students

    Four GCSEs at Grade 9-4 including English and maths

    Current Level 2 Engineering students will require:

    • A pass at Level 2
    • 90% attendance
    • A good behaviour record
    • GCSE in either maths and English at grade 4.
  • Admissions Process

    We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply.

    These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.

    Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.