Engineering (Nuclear) Extended Diploma Level 3 (EDF Sponsored Study Programme) - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

Working in Partnership with EDF an excellent opportunity has been developed in year one on this programme for aspiring future Engineers and Scientists called the EDF Nuclear Engineering Sponsored Study Programme.

This exceptional opportunity that EDF are offering will gave you access to a sponsored Study Programme which has been designed and developed to progress you into the sector as an apprentice with the opportunity of a guaranteed EDF Apprenticeship Interview, upon successful completion at the end of your first year.

Delivered in the state-of-the-art National College for Nuclear will provide you with a unique experience and environment to study and pursue a successful career in the energy sector. The additional curriculum content EDF have included in this Sponsored Study Programme enables you to make that next step onto an apprenticeship which includes:

  • Guaranteed interview for an Apprenticeship
  • Industry Mentor
  • Additional Attendance for Technical Skills needed in the Energy Sector
  • Nuclear Institute Membership
  • Nuclear Safety Training
  • Nuclear Professional Standards
  • Personal Security
  • Nuclear History Appreciation
  • HPC Tours and other Educational Visits
  • LifeSkills

This course will appeal to those with a keen interest in engineering, technology and science. The curriculum has been designed in partnership with employers and delivered in the state-of-the-art National College for Nuclear, providing you with the experience and recognised qualifications to pursue a successful career in the sector.

You will study a combination of theory, applied theory and practical subjects across a broad range including:

  • Specialist engineering project
  • Engineering principles and mathematics
  • Microcontroller systems for engineers
  • Electrical power distribution and transmission
  • Condition monitoring techniques
  • Engineering product design and manufacture
  • Mechanical behaviour of materials

Assessment Methods

Most subjects are internally assessed through assignments graded at Pass, Merit and Distinction depending on the quality of the work. Some units are externally assessed using different methods, either through time constrained exams or external controlled assessments.

Progression Options

Year one on the programme is designed to enable you to gain an apprentice with EDF and/or their partners. All successful students will be guaranteed an EDF interview for the MOET Apprenticeship vacancies that are available. For those that don’t secure an Apprenticeship you will be invited to continue into a second year with us at the National College for Nuclear working alongside apprentices and other professionals to gain a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering. Successful completion of this second year will enable students to apply for Apprenticeships or direct entry onto our Nuclear Degree (BEng) Fulltime, Nuclear Degree (BEng) Apprenticeships, or our other employer Apprenticeship opportunities.

Course Summary

Course Title Engineering (Nuclear) Extended Diploma Level 3 (EDF Sponsored Study Programme)
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 range including Higher Maths at grade 5 or above. Alternatively, an appropriate Level 2 qualification with an overall Merit grade that includes Higher Maths is acceptable.

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The facilities are amazing, and working on and with industry-level software and equipment has been the perfect preparation for a Degree Apprenticeship and career in the engineering industry.

Harry Lawrence

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