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 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.
There are 3 pathways; Aeronautical Engineering, Automation and Robotics and Operations and Maintenance.
Entry is by interview. Either a minimum of four GCSEs Grade 4 (C) or above, including English and Maths at Grade 4 (C) or above, or an EdExcel level 2 Diploma with appropriate grades in relevant units; GNVQ Intermediate Award containing relevant units.
The course you will be studying is the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.
What you'll learn (core modules)
In year 1 you will learn the underpinning skills required to be a competent engineer across all industries. This covers subjects such as Mechanical Principles, Materials, Electronics, Computer Aided Design, Hydraulics and Pneumatics to include practical and theory based learning.
Aeronautical Engineering Pathway
On successful completion of year 1, students' progress onto year 2 and specialise in Aeronautical Engineering. Year 2 has exciting modules allowing students to develop specific Aeronautical skills and express your creativity and interests within your chosen project. Specialist subjects such as Aircraft Flight Principles and Practice and Airframe Mechanical Systems form the Aeronautical Engineering pathway along with other core engineering modules.
Automation and Robotics
On successful completion of year 1, students' progress onto year 2 and specialise in Robotics and Automation. Year 2 has exciting modules allowing students to develop specific Robotic skills and express your creativity and interests within your chosen project. Specialist subjects such as Industrial Robot Technology and Selecting and Using Programmable Controllers form the Robotics and Automation pathway along with other core engineering modules.
Operations and Maintenance
On successful completion of year 1, students' progress onto year 2 and specialise in Operations and Maintenance. Year 2 has exciting modules allowing students to develop specific skills and express your creativity and interests within your chosen project. Specialist subjects such as Engineering Maintenance Procedures and Techniques and Business Operations in Engineering form the Operations and Maintenance pathway along with other core engineering modules.
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.
Benefits, skills and character strengths
This A level equivalent (level 3) Engineering course equips students with the foundation and specialist knowledge which allows you to progress onto employment, apprenticeship or further study at University. 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?
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.
I'm interested. What should I do now?
Apply now to secure your place on the course.
Days & times
Starting September 2021