90 or 180 Credit Course
Achieve a 90-credit diploma in your first year of study then top up to 180 credits on the extended diploma in the second year. The extended diploma gives you much more detail on the subject — it's the same as three A-levels and is a great route into university. If you already have 90 credits from another college, you can choose to top up to the extended diploma with just one year of study.
This course prepares you for university-level courses and a career in engineering roles such as product and process design, mechanical engineering and manufacturing. It's ideal if you're interested in working in the mechanical or manufacturing engineering industry or want to study engineering at a higher level. You can use our electronics labs, computer-aided design (CAD) suites, workshops and science labs.
The units and projects cover a range of engineering skills and include:
- Mechanical principles
- Electrical and electronic principles
- Business operations in engineering
- Engineering drawing/CAD
- Engineering machining
- Fabrication processes
- Engineering design
- Engineering materials
- Applications of mechanical systems and technology
- CNC machining
- Further maths
- Health and safety.
Continual assessment and you must pass all units.
Four GCSEs A*-C including maths, with English A*-D; OR a relevant Level 2 diploma at least at merit plus English and maths assessed by us to be at an appropriate level.
For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent. Find out more in the international pages.
There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class (if you don't need an interview).
Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.
You could go on to a university-level course or take up employment or apprenticeship opportunities across the engineering sector.
All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.
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