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Engineering Degrees, HNCs & HNDs


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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering HNC
  • Mechanical Engineering HND
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering HNC Full Time
  • Mechanical Engineering HNC
  • Mechanical Engineering HNC Full Time
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering HND
  • Engineering BEng (Hons)
  • Mechanical Engineering HND Full Time

Engineering Apprenticeships

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The UK is once again one of the global leads for Engineering and Manufacture. Our innovation and high quality, together with efficient timescales of delivery make us stand out. The East of England is a powerhouse for the UK economy much of which comes from the outstanding engineering companies in the region.

At West Suffolk College we offer organisations and learners the chance to learn and develop the skills required to ensure engineering remains prominent in the local area. We offer Level 2 to Level 6 and work with employers across many different pathways such as Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Maintenance, Welding, Tool Making, Design, Installation etc. Our excellent facilities allow for learning to be conducted in a very supportive environment and our work based team helps to embed that classroom knowledge fully in the workplace.

Engineering Courses for School Leavers

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Engineering at West Suffolk College provides a practical and theoretical introduction to mechanical and electronic engineering, computer aided drawing and microprocessing. You’ll get the skills to help solve the problems of tomorrow – from how aircraft work to the electronics in your mobile phone.

The Level 3 course could earn you enough UCAS points to study engineering at any UK university or take an advanced apprenticeship, working with an engineering firm and career off to an early start.

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Choosing what to study can be challenging. Speak to one of our advisors to find out what your options are.

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About the course


It is a well reported fact that there is currently a shortage of engineers with practical skills and this course will give you the basic skills to progress into a range of engineering disciplines including manufacturing and various maintenance disciplines in sectors such as, Aerospace, Armed Forces, Nuclear, Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy and Rail sectors. The course is designed around project based learning and is designed to provide a fun and interesting learning environment with the course content linked to current and future engineering employers' workforce skills requirements.

This Engineering course is ideal for people starting out in engineering as it provides practical hands-on training and focuses on building broad-based practical skills and knowledge with a hands-on approach. 

You will gain a formal Engineering qualification that is recognised by industry as the sector standard giving you a head start to gain an apprenticeship with one of the many local employers West Suffolk College works with. The course is open to both school leavers and those looking to change or further their careers. It is also suitable as a refresher course for updating engineering skills and for those wanting to learn new skills.

You will learn how to work effectively and safely. In addition to the practical skills you will develop, you will also improve your employability through the enhancement of your communication, numeracy and information technology abilities.

Entry requirements

Grade 3 (D) in English and mathematics

You should be able to demonstrate a keen interest and aptitude for engineering and are willing and have the ability to develop your practical and hands-on engineering skills.

Please note: you will be required to complete an aptitude test and successful interview.

What you'll learn (core modules)

- Engineering skills
- Engineering materials
- Additive Manufacturing (3D printing)
- Engineering Computer Aided Design (CAD)
- Engineering projects
- Communication skills
- Mathematics and Science
- Work Experience, Employability and careers
- Essential Skills including problem solving, working with others and ICT




Where will the course take me?

Subject to successful interview and completion of this course, you may progress to higher levels of study within engineering in the college, apprenticeship or employment.

Completion of this course of study and further courses can provide a stepping stone and lead to modern apprenticeships or employment as a trainee in a wide range of engineering and technology enabled sectors. 

Many students will progress into employment through an apprenticeship within the wide range of engineering sectors.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Apply online. You will then be invited to discuss your application with us and your application, aptitude test and interview will form part of the selection process.

Days & times

Starting September 2020

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