This course is equivalent to three A-Levels and is designed for students planning to progress to full-time university programmes. It encompasses a range of engineering disciplines including electrical, mechanical, maintenance and computer aided design.

Students work together on an engineering project (e.g. last year they helped Durham University Electric Motor Sport build a solar powered vehicle). They will also have opportunities to both work at and visit global bluechip engineering firms through our notable alumni group.

As part of the course you will cover the following units:

  • Health & safety in the engineering workplace
  • Communications for engineering technicians
  • Engineering project
  • Mathematics for engineering technicians
  • Mechanical principles and applications
  • Electrical and electronic principles

A range of option units are also offered and can be tailored to suit student groups.


How will I be assessed?:

You will be assessed through; written portfolios, online and practical assessments.

Things you may need:

You will need full PPE for undertaking workshop activities. This will include safety boots, overalls and safety glasses. This will be discussed with you at your interview.

What can I do next?:

L3 students often progress on to higher education qualifications including an HNC or HND, Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Higher Level Apprenticeship. Employment opportunities include jobs in engineering industries such as engineering technician and skilled operator.


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for this programme are 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A*- C) including maths and English OR a Level 2 PEO qualification.

You will also be required to complete a satisfactory interview.


Course Cost

The course if fully funded for

  • 16-18 year old students
  • 19-23 year old students studying their first level 3 qualification. 

all students aged 19+ who already hold a L3 qualification and 24+ students, will be required to pay course fees up to £3,300. 

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Course Duration

Full time; 3 days per week, Monday to Friday 

The course runs from September to June