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Manufacturing Engineering National Extended Diploma level 3 – C2919

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Course Overview

This course is for anyone seeking a career in manufacturing, production/design, and mechanical engineering and will provide you with the theory, knowledge, and skills to pursue a range of jobs within this industry. Designed as a two-year, full-time course you will learn in-depth about the areas of manufacturing engineering, such as a quality control technician. You will gain relevant skills and knowledge from studying a range of units, for example in computer-aided manufacturing, modern manufacturing systems, microcontrollers, additive manufacturing, and machining. Progression could be either directly to employment in level 3 job roles, higher apprenticeship programmes or via higher education courses in engineering.
With a national shortage of qualified engineers, the government has identified education in engineering as a priority area for the UK and one with extensive career prospects.

All students will undertake a probationary period for the first six weeks of their programme. During this time, attendance, attitude, attainment and application towards study will be monitored. A final decision as to the most appropriate level and outcome will be discussed with you towards the end of your probationary period.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

In this vocational-focused course, you will be engaged in a range of specialist subjects with hands-on practical elements as well as applying theories in a working situation.

Your first year will cover up to nine modules across various essential areas of manufacturing engineering including:
– Engineering principles covering the mechanical science, electrical science and mathematics
– Delivery of engineering processes safely as a team which covers aspects of health and safety within an engineering context
– Applied commercial and quality principles in engineering looking at aspects of quality control and assurance within a modern manufacturing environment
– Engineering design (external controlled assessment)
– Mechanical behaviour of metallic materials

Year 2

Building upon your studies in the first year, in year two you will undertake a further eight modules including a major project in which you will apply learning from previous modules.

Additionally you will also study:
– Calculus
– Microcontrollers
– Programmable logic controllers
– Modern manufacturing systems

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference and 90% attendance at your last place of work or study. You will also require a GCSE in English, maths, science at grade 5 (B) or above, plus one other subject at grade 5 (B) or above, or equivalent.

Alternatively for progressing students, a minimum of a merit grade in the BTEC level 2 Certificate in Engineering together with a minimum of grade 4 (C) GCSEs in maths and English.

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which may include retaking GCSEs if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is via written and practical assignments, presentations, and in-class controlled assessments, completed over the two years. You will need to evidence in your work that your skills and understanding are sufficient to pass each unit or achieve higher grades. Additionally, there is an external examination for maths and science and an externally-set practical assessment.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £8583.00

Additional Costs

As part of your course you will be expected to supply and wear personal protective equipment when carrying out practical activities in the workshops. This should consist of black protective work boots, plain navy work wear combat trousers, a navy polo shirt and a navy sweatshirt for colder days or navy overalls. The kit would be expected to cost between £30 and £45.
Additionally there may be a fee for registration with the awarding body.

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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Course and Career progression

Having successfully gained the level 3 qualification you will be able to apply for higher-level study on related university degree level courses or the level 4 Higher National Certificate with Leicester College.

You can also progress into employment within the fields of manufacture, production, design, mechanical engineering and maintenance at technician or trainee engineer level.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the PS16 application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications and employment history, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event/Interview at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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