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Qualification type: Diploma and Extended Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body Pearson
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 year each
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

This course is designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of engineering sectors. They give you the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare you for both employment and progression to Higher Education. This course provides you with the opportunity to develop a range of skills, techniques and attitudes that are essential for successful performance in both Higher Education and working life. The aim of the qualification is to provide qualified and motivated engineers and technicians with the education, training and expertise that will enhance your performance in employment. This enables progression on to Higher Education either part time or full time with the potential of leading to Incorporated or Chartered Engineer status, and hence supervisory/ managerial status in the Engineering and Manufacturing sector.

Once you have completed the Diploma you will progress onto the Extended Diploma. The Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A levels.

If you have not achieved 4 points or a C grade or above in English and maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSE subjects with 4 points or C grade and above, including 4 points or C grade in English and maths, or an equivalent qualification (for example Scottish Standard Grade or International GCSE).

You will need to attend an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

Teaching and learning is achieved by using a range of methods including formal lectures, set tutorial periods and, in certain subject areas, by laboratory or workshop classes to support many of the unit assessments

  • Health and Safety in the engineering workplace
  • Communications for technicians
  • Engineering project (double unit)
  • Mathematics for technicians
  • Mechanical principles and applications
  • Electrical and electronic principles
  • Engineering drawing for technicians
  • Engineering secondary/finishing processes
  • Principles and applications of electronic devices and circuits
  • Properties and applications of engineering materials
  • Computed Aided Drafting (CAD)
  • Computer numerical control of machine tools (CNC)
  • Engineering design
  • Further mechanical principles and applications
  • Further electrical principles
  • Further mathematics
  • Applications of mechanical systems and technology
What next

The Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A levels and successful completion will provide progression onto university, or a wide range of possible careers and Apprenticeships including Higher Apprenticeships. Progression can also lead onto a range of Engineering HNC courses at Darlington College and onto Degree programmes awarded by Teesside University. Former students have become, amongst others, Mechanical Engineers, Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Design Engineers, Civil Engineers, Aerospace Engineers and Project Engineers working in a range of sectors.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

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