Level 3 Diploma in Engineering

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Availability & Details

Engineering, Level 3 Diploma (19 Plus Only) SP-ENGN3D-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (1 year)


The course includes use of modern industry standard software, equipment, use of analysis tools, CAD and CNC programming. The use of 3D modelling links with the Design and Project units along with the study of engineering materials. A Fundamental study Mechanical & Electrical and Electronic principles links with the Maths unit to promote a more applied approach to the subject. 

This course is ideal for students who wish to obtain a qualification in Mechanical Engineering. Usually applicants are currently working in, or have experience of an Engineering sector. Students should be able to attend College on a day release basis over two years. Consideration will be given to students wishing to progress into Engineering from an industrial background.


Ideally you should have four GCSE passes at a minimum of grade 4/C in Mathematics, English, Science and other appropriate subject or satisfactory completion of a BTEC level 2 qualification to Merit standard or above.

Applicants not possessing the above qualifications but having substantial appropriate industrial experience or equivalent experience will also be considered. The College offers several maths and English courses at various levels for potential Access students.

The course is delivered over two years on a part time day release basis for a duration of 34 weeks per year. Six units are studied in the first year, and five in the second year (one of which is a double unit). 

The qualification is awarded on successful competition of all Units of Study shown below : 

  • Health and Safety in the Engineering workplace
  • Communications for Engineering Technicians
  • Engineering Project (Double Unit)
  • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Design
  • Secondary & Finishing Techniques
  • CNC



All units are taught within our specialist teaching rooms. Each unit is delivered by our experienced lecturers using a variety of teaching methods. Classes are informal and incorporate a variety of teaching and learning methods e.g. discussion, lectures, group work and practical sessions. Attendance is compulsory.

The exciting use industry standard technology is embedded throughout the course equipping you with skills that are recognised within the engineering sector. Students are also given help and advice on applying for Higher Education. 


Assessment is made through completion of assignment based activities, essays, course work, independent study and research, practical work and class based tests.

In order to achieve an overall pass, students must achieve 60 credits of which at least 45 must be at Level 3 and up to 15 at Level 2. All Level 3 credits will be graded at Pass/Merit or Distinction.

Satisfactory completion of the course can offer progression to a Higher National Certificate or an appropriate higher education programme. This qualification is recognised by employers based within Engineering.

The College works closely with local companies in many Engineering sectors to design courses to suit their individual needs. The College is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.

I focused and worked hard to get the grades. I had some support from my lecturer during a stressful time. The college is really good and supportive.

Natasha Boerer, BTEC student

You take control of your own learning…the college were really helpful and always willing to do anything and go that extra step to help me get my grades.

Scarlette Tiller, A Level student

College has been the best two years of my education. All my teachers were great and amazing, and I think they were the most helpful they could have been.

Megan Capaldi-Tallon, A Level student