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Engineering Progression Routes, Advanced Pre-Apprenticeship & Pathway to University

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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This study programme is designed for 16-19 year olds only (age 19-24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan).

Please visit our Adult Education, Degrees and Employer section for alternative courses.

About the course

In a fast pace and constantly developing world there is always high demand for Engineers. It is a well reported fact that there is currently a shortage of engineers within all industries across various countries around the world. Engineers are extremely employable, in the UK alone, the manufacturing sector employs 2.7 million people at an average wage of £34,538. Generally, within the engineering sector the wages are 13% higher than the rest of the economy. A career in engineering provides successful students with a defined career path that provides many opportunities (Source: Make UK 2020).

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

Entry is by interview. English and Maths at Grade 3 (C) or above, or a level 1 Diploma with appropriate grades in relevant units.


The course you will be studying is the EAL Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technologies.

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




Benefits, skills and character strengths

This GCSE level equivalent (level 2) Engineering course equips students with the foundation and specialist knowledge which allows you to progress onto employment, apprenticeship or further study at West Suffolk College on the Level 3 in Engineering. These next steps could include industries such as Aerospace, Biomedical, Armed Forces, Manufacturing, Nuclear, Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy, Automotive and Rail sectors.

Where will the course take me?

This course is suitable for those who want to complete a level 3 in engineering at West Suffolk College or for those who want to become Technicians or Apprentices in this sector. Possible career opportunities would be Maintenance Engineer, Technician Engineer, Design/Development Engineer.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Apply now to secure your place on the course.

Days & times

Starting September 2021

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