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EAL Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technologies (QCF) at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

In this advanced study programme learners will build on previously developed engineering skills and apply advanced principles, practices and knowledge to enable learners to successfully work in an engineering environment at technician level or as an advanced apprentice. It will also provide learners with the ability to work independently working on their own initiative with the minimum of supervision.

The skills that will be further developed include, but will not be limited to:

• Engineering and Environmental Health and Safety
• Engineering Organisational Efficiency and Improvement
• Computer Aided Design (CAD) Techniques
• Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programming/Machining
• Advanced Milling
• Advanced Turning
• Directed and private study
• Further Maths

Additional Employability tuition will include:

• IT skills to include the use of Word and Excel and engineering specialist software. E.g. Cimco Edit, Fanuc NC guide, AutoCAD and SolidWorks.  
• CAD/CAM training.
• Employability Skills.
• Work Experience.
• Personal Professional Development - Preparation work in readiness for an job interview or apprenticeship in Engineering e.g. CV writing and completing job application forms.
• Functional skills or GCSE Maths/ English.

Entry requirements

This course is advanced and thus is not suitable for school leavers. Cambridge Regional College internal applicants

You must have successfully completed a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering & Technology course, together with a minimum of Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English. Applicants will also need to participate in a successful interview. Two of the course units are coupled with formal examinations.

Learners aged 19 or over will be required to pay course fees.
In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


Assessment will take place via assignments set throughout the year and practical skills tasks. Each unit studied (8) will have set assignments and set practical work. Assignments will carry success criteria of Pass and Fail grades.

You will have tutor support throughout your study programme and one to one tutor support and guidance as needed of 20 minutes every 6 weeks. You will also contribute to your own support using the college's Electronic Individual Learner Plan. This will also help you build your own "Passport to Success" documentation.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

Successful completion of all elements of this study programme will allow you to progress in several different ways, including;

• A further full or part time study programme depending on GCSE results
• Gaining of employment within the Engineering industry at technician level
• An advanced apprenticeship scheme in Engineering

Further information

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

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: 10 July 2019
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