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Engineering Diploma (Higher) 14-16 at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

The Diploma in Engineering opens up the ideas and concepts behind engineering, and how they impact the modern world. You’ll be introduced to key engineering principles such as design, materials, electronic systems, maintenance and manufacturing. You’ll also get lots of practical experience and study what makes innovations succeed, how new materials contribute to design and how to develop and launch new ideas. What will I learn? The Diploma in Engineering focuses on three main themes: The engineered world: Looks at the importance of engineering in the modern world and the impact engineering has on the way we live our lives. Discovering engineering technology: Introduces basic engineering principles such as design, materials, electronics systems, maintenance and manufacturing. Engineering the future: Looks at what makes innovations succeed, how new materials contribute to design and how to develop and launch new ideas. How is the Diploma made up? Principal learning (subject learning you have to do) At the heart of the Diploma are your core engineering subjects. These will teach you the main things you need to know about the sector. You’ll learn about the issues that are affecting the industry today, how it works and what skills you need to have to work within it. The engineered world You’ll learn about the different engineering sectors and engineering’s diverse role. You could, for example, research and examine the use of microprocessor technology in CGI movies, theme park rides or a music sound studio. Discovering engineering technology In addition to a range of other subjects, you’ll learn how to use computer software packages and systems to design and manufacture engineering components. You could, for example, set up and use computer systems to design a one-off artificial limb for an Olympic athlete. Engineering the future You’ll learn about the relationship between innovative engineering design and business success. You could, for example, find out how to develop innovative and creative ideas and get all-important finance for a project. Additional and/or specialist learning (choices you can make) As part of the diploma you will be able to study additional subjects. Functional skills in English, maths and ICT Like all Diploma students, you’ll develop a good standard of English, maths and ICT. These subjects are essential to succeed in any business or learning environment, whether you decide to continue in the engineering sector or not. Personal, learning and thinking skills All Diploma students will develop personal, learning and thinking skills, such as team-working, creative thinking and self-management. These are vital skills in both life and work, and will be useful to you in the future, no matter which path you take. Work experience Your Diploma will give you the opportunity to do at least 10 days’ work experience. This is a great way to use the skills you have learnt in the classroom, and experience what work is like from the inside. Student projects During your Diploma, you’ll complete a student project to demonstrate the skills and knowledge that you have learnt. You might decide to design a car powered by electricity or solar energy. Or you could design a water pump for use in a developing country.

Entry requirements

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Future opportunities

A Diploma in Engineering will give you the skills you need for either university or work, and is a first step towards a career in the sector. It could lead you to a university degree in aeronautical engineering, automotive engineering, building services engineering, manufacturing engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering or biomedical materials science. However, the Diploma in Engineering doesn’t mean you have to opt for a career in this sector. Because a Diploma teaches a mix of subjects, it will give you the skills that will be welcomed by colleges, universities and employers, and is an excellent starting point for other careers or study.

Further information

This course is offered by the Cambridge Area 14-19 Partnership

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years