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Course Code: ECL, ECL1
  • Level: 3
  • Qualification: Diploma
  • Awarding body: Pearson
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course type: Part-time
  • Time of day: Daytime
  • When you'll study: Tuesdays, 8.30am - 7.00pm

What's it all about?

If you’re thinking of retraining in engineering, widening your current skill set or gaining some formal qualifications that acknowledge the competencies you have acquired by working in industry, this part-time course will develop a range of skills and techniques that are essential for a successful engineering careers. Y In addition to some key engineering principles, the course will also offer insight into electrical/electronic and mechanical disciplines, for example electrical machines and maintenance of mechanical systems.

This two-year course is the equivalent of two A Levels and could be combined with other BTEC Nationals, A Levels, or other non-qualification elements to support progression to specific job roles or to higher education courses in engineering.

Course information

The course is primarily theory based with practical experimentation, however some practical elements are included to give you a broad overview of manufacturing machines and principles. Engineering covers a variety of roles and it involves the application of scientific principles and practical knowledge to transform ideas and materials into products and systems safely and support them during their lifetime. This qualification has a focus on a broad range of engineering specialist areas.

Over the two years, you will study:

  • engineering principles
  • delivery of engineering processes safely as a team
  • engineering product design and manufacture
  • electronic devices and circuits
  • applied commercial and quality principles in engineering
  • specialist engineering project
  • calculus to solve engineering problems
  • maintenance of mechanical systems
  • programmable logic controllers.

These units are subject to change.

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted in order to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for those planning to enter employment directly in the engineering sector.

We welcome applications from those with GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above in maths and English. We will also consider applications from those who have completed a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering or other similar qualifications. Students who do not meet the entry requirements will be considered on an individual basis.

Assessment is a mix of internal and external assignments, and two external exams.

Upon successful completion of this course, you may progress to one of the following HNCs offered at the College:

You might also consider progressing to a higher level Apprenticeship or enter employment.

The course also offers students opportunities in wider employment in both technical and non-technical disciplines including but not limited to careers or jobs which would normally require level 3 or A level equivalency.

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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What you could earn:

Mechanical Engineers


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