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Course Code: ECLPT1

Level: 3
Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: Pearson
Qualification: Certificate
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime, Evening
Duration: One year
When you'll study: Thursdays, 9.00am - 8.00pm

About the course

This course is aimed at those already working or preparing for roles in engineering, ie Engineering Technician or Engineering Operative. 

You will gain relevant skills and knowledge from studying a range of content focused on electrical/electronic and mechanical disciplines, including engineering principles, engineering product design and manufacture, engineering maintenance and condition monitoring techniques.

Students progressing to year two will be given the opportunity to increase their specialism in either electronics or mechanical engineering.

What you'll learn

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 to support them during their lifetime. This qualification has a focus on a broad range of engineering specialist areas.

In year one (the Extended Certificate) you will study the following subject areas:

  • engineering principles
  • delivery of engineering processes safely as a team
  • engineering product design and manufacture
  • engineering maintenance and condition monitoring techniques.

If you progress onto year two – two A Levels equivalent – (the National Diploma) you will study the following subject areas:

  • applied commercial and quality principles in engineering
  • specialist engineering project
  • calculus to solve engineering problems
  • analogue electronic circuits
  • programmable logic controllers.

In addition you will have the choice of one of the following options to add to the above list:

  • electrical printed circuit board design and manufacture
  • pneumatic and hydraulic systems.
Entry requirements

To be successful on this course you will need five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above which must include English and science, and maths at grade 5 (C/B), or a level 2 Diploma in Engineering.

Should you not have the required GCSEs, your application will be considered on an individual basis as we will look at alternative qualifications and/or relevant work experience. 

It is recommended that students are already working in an engineering environment.


Assessment is through a mix of internal and external assignments and external exams.

What's next?

The course offers opportunity for progression to both an Advanced Apprenticeship and higher education including foundation and honours degrees with the required grades.

Students completing the second year will also have the opportunity, subject to their grade, to progress onto a HNC/D, foundation degree or honours degree at an external university in the field of engineering, or another course not necessarily related to engineering. 

UCAS points are awarded on completion of the second year, ‘Diploma’, and will have a technical/scientific/mathematical bias and as such are generally welcomed as a basis across many subject specialisms in higher education. 

The course will also offer you 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.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 – July 2022). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2022/23.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: ECLPT1

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £2500

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £2500

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 A(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.