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Engineering Level 3 Extended Diploma at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

If you are self-motivated and resourceful and want to learn to communicate effectively and work well as part of a team, you could work in one of the most exciting careers available with no day being the same. Engineers have high levels of job satisfaction as well as good levels of pay and this course will start to prepare you for the exciting and diverse world of engineering and the wide range of opportunities it offers. You will develop new knowledge/skills in areas such as engineering materials, manufacturing, electronics, CAD, design and project management. These skills will allow you work in many of the different types of engineering including Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Materials Engineering, among others.

In the first year you will complete a 90-credit Diploma and, provided all units are passed with a good attitude, attendance and punctuality, you will then progress to year 2 to complete the Extended Diploma.

Engineering today is one of the most creative and stimulating of occupations which will keep you constantly involved in emerging technologies and which will call on all of your resources. Successful modern engineers are not just technically expert but are also first class communicators and team workers. For the resourceful and self-motivated engineer the rewards can be excellent both financially and in job satisfaction.

The aim of the course is to give a sound grounding in general engineering skills that will be transferable into any branch of engineering that candidates may enter in higher education or industry. This general engineering course includes mechanical and electronic units.

Assessment is mainly through written assignments but there will be plenty of practical projects to engage you and help you understand the theory. Units include: Mathematics, Engineering Design, Engineering Drawing, Computer Aided Design, Mechanical Principles, Materials, Health and Safety, Computer Numerical Control, Electronic Principles, Microprocessor control, Secondary/Finishing Processes and Techniques and Computer Aided Manufacture. There is also an important personal project to be completed where you pursue a topic that particularly interests you.

Methods of Study

Formal lectures
Practical project work
Class activities
Set homework and research
Problem solving

Independent Study Time

At least 15 hours of independent study time per week.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade C in at least three subjects (which should include English and a Science or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering with a Merit profile) and at least a B in Maths.


There are no formal examinations on this programme but a major project will take place in the second year. There will be a lot of independent written assignments to be completed and you will have to be prepared to make a regular commitment to writing up your work to a high standard. Your achievement in this subject is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality and effort. You will learn in a friendly atmosphere, using a variety of assessment methods:

  • You will be assessed regularly on written essay work that is conducted either as homework or under timed conditions in class and given feedback on your progress. You also will be assessed regularly on linguistic terminology.
  • Discussions and presentations are a vital part of our assessment process and you will be expected to contribute to those and reading exercises.
  • You will review your own performance in 1:1 sessions with your tutor.
  • You will be formally examined on each unit that you study. The examinations are essay-based.

Although there is a considerable amount of written coursework to be completed, practical work is a key part of the course.

Future opportunities

As a general engineering course, the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering can lead into a wide range of engineering fields - including: Mechanical, Manufacturing, Electrical/Electronic, Civil, Marine, Environmental, Control, Automotive, Aerospace etc.

Completion of the course will enable you to progress into industry, as a technician on an advanced apprenticeship or lead to further study at university on a wide range of engineering degrees in your preferred field.

For those students considering a degree course, we advise students to consider taking an AS/A level in Maths / Uses of Maths alongside this course.  This will provide access to a greater range of degree courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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