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Engineering Level 3 Diploma at Buxton & Leek College

Course description

The Level 3 Engineering pathway provides students with two qualifications over two years. It is an ideal course for the school leaver who wishes to gain employment within a wide range of disciplines in the Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing sector.

The course is an exciting blend of practical and theory work and prepares learners for an engineering apprenticeship or further study. During the course, students use bench fitting techniques alongside machine tools such as lathes and milling machines to manufacture a number of assessed practical projects.

Level 3 Engineering students take a more scientific and mathematical approach to engineering theory than their Level 2 peers and as such, the entry requirements are more demanding. At the end of the first year, students typically gain advanced apprenticeships and complete their studies on a day release basis.

All practical work is completed to industrial standards and a high degree of surface finish and accuracy are required, typically to tenths of a millimeter. In addition to using industry standard tools and techniques, students have the opportunity to use state of the art CNC machining centres, 3D Printers, pneumatics and hydraulics trainers.

Alongside the practical programme of study, learners develop skills in industry recognised computer aided drawing software, scientific theory and employability skills. The course is approximately 40% practical work and 60% theory work.

Course content

At the end of the two years, students will have gained two qualifications, a City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Engineering and a NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations. Over the two qualifications students will study the following areas:

  • Turning & Milling Operations
  • Bench Fitting Techniques
  • Principles of Manufacturing Technology
  • Principles of Engineering Science
  • Computer Aided Drawing (Using AutoCAD)
  • Working efficiently and effectively
  • Employability skills & interview techniques
  • Health and Safety
  • Technical Drawing

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSES at grade C or above, including Maths, English, Science and ICT or have completed the Level 2 Diploma in Engineering. Successful candidates are curious about how things work, enjoy solving problems and have good attention to detail.

Future opportunities

Staffordshire and Derbyshire is a hotbed of engineering and manufacturing with industry leading companies such as JCB on the doorstep. Many engineering students from Buxton & Leek College gain advanced apprenticeships at local companies with some going on to undertake Level 4 study via the HNC in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

College leavers will be eligible to work in a range of interesting disciplines including manufacturing, fabrication, aerospace, quality, automotive, design and tool making.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Buxton & Leek College directly.

Last updated date: 23 February 2016
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