Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Extended Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

In today’s world, engineers work in an environment that encompasses the use of cutting edge technologies and innovative solutions. As an Engineer you could find yourself designing the next generation of smartphones, programming robots, manufacturing components for fighter jets or developing sustainable energy.

Study engineering and you could work within a variety of engineering disciplines such as product design, aerospace, manufacturing, electrical and electronics, communications, mechanical, nuclear and energy, environment or transport.

You may want to combine this qualification with an A Level in maths or Physics.

Units may include:

  • Engineering principles
  • Engineering product design and manufacture
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Manual machining processes and fabrication
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
  • Industrial robotics

Both the Mechanical and Manufacturing pathways share a common first year. In the second year of the qualification, learners will choose to specialise in Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering and this will dictate the specialist units they study.

Assessment Methods

This course is assessed by a range of assignments and assessments. These are set and marked internally by College staff and then validated by an external moderator. You will also be expected to complete work experience in a relevant industry placement.

Progression Options

This qualification is equivalent to three A Levels and successful completion will enable progression on to university, a wide range of possible careers and Apprenticeships including Higher Apprenticeships.

University Centre Somerset offers a Foundation Degree in Mechanical Engineering leading on to a BEng or MEng Mechanical Engineering Degree awarded by The University of the West of England. Former students have become Design Engineers, Aerospace Engineers and have moved into employment with the Ministry of Defence, Airbus, Thales, Rolls-Royce, GKN and EDF Energy.

Course Summary

Course Title Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Extended Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 (A* to C) range including higher maths
at grade 5 (B) or above, or an appropriate Level 2 qualification with an overall
Merit that includes maths.

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Coming to college was daunting at first but the independence you gain is amazing. I have definitely developed as a person and become more adult due to the freedom we are given here, it really prepares you for the future.

Peter Rutt- Level 3 Extended Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering

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