Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma
Level 3

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About this course

This career-led qualification is equivalent to three A-levels. It provides the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in the design,
development, manufacture and maintenance of engineering products and systems. You will gain advanced practical skills and experience to
prepare you for work or university.

Full-time students aged 16-18 will follow a study programme at City College which includes:

  • The main subject qualification
  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 9-4/A*-C in these subjects by age 16
  • Additional activities, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals

These four elements should combine to provide stretch and challenge to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Earn up to 168 UCAS points#

 Solent University

#168 UCAS points 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

Entry requirements
  • 5 GCSEs grade 5/C or above (including English, maths and science)


  • Level 2 in Engineering (with GCSE English, maths and science grade 4/C or above)

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
01/09/20 2 years Main campus
What next?
  • HNC in Engineering at City College
  • Degree at university 
  • Enter employment 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.