Qualification: Extended Diploma
Level 3

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About the course

This career-led engineering qualification will provide you with advanced knowledge and understanding of the principles, methods and technology involved in a broad range of engineering subjects including manufacturing, computer aided design (CAD), fabrication and welding technology.

You will gain advanced practical skills and experience to prepare you for work or degree level study at college or university. 

Earn up to 168 UCAS points#

 Solent University

#Based on Distinction grades

What you will learn

Year 1

  • Engineering principles
  • Delivery of engineering processes safely as a team
  • Engineering product design and manufacture
  • Applied commercial and quality principles
  • Computer aided design (CAD)
  • Electronic devices and circuits
  • Mechanical behaviour of metallic materials

Year 2

  • A specialist engineering project
  • Microcontroller systems for engineers
  • Further engineering maths
  • Pneumatic and hydraulic systems
  • Primary forming
  • Maintenance of mechanical systems
  • Fabrication manufacturing processes
  • Welding technology

If you successfully complete the first year of study you will gain a level 3 Diploma qualification. In order to progress to the second year you will need to pass the first year of study.


City College boasts specially designed and fully equipped workshops which provide realistic working environments

  • Extensive fabrication & welding workshops
  • Machining workshop
  • Electronics workshop
  • Modern CAD 2D and 3D equipment & software

95% coursework/practical - 5% exam

Entry requirements
  • 5 GCSEs grade A*-C/9-5 (including English, maths and science) OR
  • Level 2 in Engineering (with GCSE English, maths and science grade A*-C/9-4)

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
03/09/18 2 years Main
What next?
  • HNC in Engineering at City College
  • Degree at university 
  • Work in engineering at technician or skilled craftsperson level
Additional information

Trips, visits & activities

  • Guest speakers
  • Industry competitions
  • Industry week activities
  • Work experience

If you will be 19 before the start of the second year of this course, you will be liable to pay a fee for that year. Please contact us for more information.