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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

This is an ideal course for learners wanting to develop their engineering skills and explore their opportunities within this innovation-led industry.  It is equivalent to three A levels over two years and is an excellent choice for those wanting a career in Engineering and who prefer a vocational alternative to A levels. The course covers all the core aspects of engineering which provides a comprehensive background, that will lead into year two of the Extended Diploma in Engineering.

Entry requirements

Entry is by interview. Either a minimum of four GCSE's Grade 4 (C) or above, including English and Math at Grade 4 (C) or above, or an EdExcel Level Two Diploma with appropriate grades in relevant units; GNVQ Intermediate Award containing relevant units. 


The College offers a wide menu of Level Three Diplomas. We will work with all learners in their first six weeks at College to place them on the appropriate Diploma programme best suited to meet the individual's needs and best ensures their success. Within this course, students will have the opportunity to take either EdExcel Level Three Extended Diploma in Electro-Mechanical Engineering, EdExcel Level Three Diploma in Electro-Mechanical Engineering, or EdExcel Level Three Subsidiary Diploma in Electro-Mechanical Engineering.

What you'll learn (core modules)

A core number of subjects which include: Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace, Business and Quality Systems, Mathematics, Electrical / Electronic and Mechanical principles. Specialist subjects which include: Computer Aided Drawing (CAD), Thermodynamics, Static and Dynamic Mechanics, Electronic Devices, Digital and Analogue Systems, Programmable Logic Circuit Machinery and Microcontrollers.


Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE 9 to 4  or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.



Where will the course take me?

The course is suitable for those who want to complete a degree in engineering at West Suffolk College or University, or for those who want to become Higher Technicians or Advanced Apprentices in this sector. Possible career opportunities would be Maintenance Engineer, Technician Engineer, Design/Development Engineer, Systems Engineer or Software/Robotics Engineer.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

A course book can be purchased for approximately £20.

Days & times

Starting September 2020

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