Choosing where to go after school can be a difficult decision.

This page will give you a quick overview of all the options available to you to study engineering or plumbing at SWDT when you are ready to progress onto college.

Don't worry if you haven't studied engineering or plumbing before - we have courses that will build up your knowledge and understanding over time under the guidance of our expert industry-experienced tutors and staff.

If you have studied engineering before, such as at GCSE, then we also have advanced courses that will build on your existing knowledge and allow you to push and challenge your skills in new and exciting ways.

SWDT is perfectly suited to help you establish your career in the sector. Our links with local, national and international engineering and plumbing companies allow us to support you to successfully apply for competitive and well-paid apprenticeships. Our A-Level equivalent courses allow you to progress onto a range of local and national universities, with the option to study locally at SWDT too. Our knowledgeable staff and friendly careers team will support you to reach your goal, whether that is employment, an apprenticeship or a place at university!

Haven't studied engineering or plumbing before?

We all have to start somewhere! We offer a range of options for students who haven't studied these subjects before. Rest assured that everyone will be starting off with only a beginner's knowledge of the subject- you will make new friends and work together with our tutors to build up your skills and understanding. Most of these courses start at Level 2. You can pick from a range of different pathways depending on your career goal:

Students who have studied engineering before, but do not have the required GCSE results (4 GCSEs at 4 and above, including Maths and English), are also encouraged to study at this level first.

Already studied engineering at GCSE?

Some students have already studied engineering at school to GCSE level. Those students can apply to start studying for our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering directly from school. This qualification is the same as studying for 3 A-Levels at a sixth form but allows you to focus on the one subject you really love. This means you can progress on to study engineering and related subjects at a range of local and national universities after two years with us!

For more information on our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering, click here.

Looking for an apprenticeship?

We know that many students who are passionate about engineering want to progress onto an apprenticeship. We are proud to work with a range of leading engineering companies including 3M, Hitachi and Cummins, as well as companies local to SWDT, and provide them with passionate, knowledgeable and hardworking apprentices.

This could be you! We support students seeking apprenticeships throughout the application process, helping them apply, preparing them with mock interviews and ensuring they have all the information and support they need. We have been training engineers for over 50 years and companies respect the candidates we put forward for apprenticeships, making SWDT the perfect choice to help you reach your goal.

Information on some of the apprenticeships we offer can be found here.

Still have questions?

It is natural that potential students have lots of questions. Please get in touch if you need any more information or have any questions you need answering. Our staff and careers advisors are more than willing to offer their expert support. Just drop us an email at and we will put you in touch with the right staff member.