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Engineering - Level 3 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level 3 Vocational
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North Devon Campus
One or two years

This study programme will give you a broad understanding of mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering that is ideal preparation for Higher Education or employment as an apprentice or engineering technician. The qualification blends classroom teaching and practical work using specialised engineering equipment.

Learn practical skills in our engineering workshop, including machining, welding and pneumatics.


You will study three units each term, covering a range of subjects including:

- Engineering
- Mathematics
- Mechanical Principles
- Electronic Principles and Devices
- Further Engineering Mathematics
- Further Mechanical Principles
- Further Electronics
- Computer Aided Drawing (CAD)
- Engineering project
You will undertake formal test and assignments
Formal test: Online and in-class tests.
Assignments: Typically three per unit spread across each term.
In some cases, alternative forms of evidence or assessment method may be used, such as extended project work, CAD drawings, portfolio of work or class tests.
There are no final end of year examinations, but portfolio work is expected to be to a high standard and typed. Help may be available for those who struggle with English or IT.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.

We also accept applicants who have successfully completed a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering.
Completion of this course will provide the equivalent to three full A-levels and has UCAS points associated with it to progress onto University to an engineering related degree course. Petroc will accept the EAL Technical Extended Diploma in Engineering for entry on to our Foundation Degrees in Mechanical Design and Manufacture, Electronics and Communications, and, Digital Technologies. Alternatively, successful students can apply to take an apprenticeship in a variety of engineering contexts, or employment.
The Engineering Centre of Excellence is a specialist training and assessment facility for engineering and manufacturing students. The building includes high-tech CAD facilities, 3D printing, electronics design and assembly, a fabrication and welding workshop, CNC and manual machining and a bench fitting workshop.

The students on this programme have access to specialist workshops, laboratories and high quality CAD applications in well supported computer systems. The Mechanical work is covered by many resources including machine shop, welding and sheet metal workshops, and science laboratory with a range of industrial testing equipment. The Electrical, Electronic, Digital Technology studies are supported by computer assisted learning and virtual instrumentation in two classrooms and a practical workshop where soldering of surface mount devices (SMD) and through hole plated (THP) technologies, assembly and circuit testing can take place.
Personal Safety Equipment - to be discussed at interview.
We recommend you buy a scientific calculator, memory stick (USB), an A4 folder, dividers, general stationery and some drawing equipment.
Due to the working environment and for hygiene reasons, you will need to purchase a pair of safety shoes (approx. £20-£30) and a pair of overalls (£25) which will be colour coded to year groups and personalised with your name.
There will be a separate supplementary fee of £50 to contribute towards the costs of consumables used on the course.
There may also be trips during the year that may incur an additional cost.
Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided by Petroc*.

* The equipment requirements will be discussed in more detail at interview.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: What can I do after I get my Diploma in Engineering?
A: You can use the Diploma to gain entry onto the Foundation Degree in Engineering with the correct level of credits, or you can store up the points gained if you wished to progress onto Higher Education.

Q: What if I am a mature student who has not studied for a long time?
A: Although it can be a bit daunting coming back to college, you will find that others feel the same way, but you do not need to worry, the staff are very supportive and appreciate that you may need time to adjust.

Q: I have not used IT equipment very much before, will this be a problem?
A: The short answer is no, we have some very helpful and experienced IT staff who can get you started and there are a lot of others in the same situation so you will not be alone.

Q: What if my circumstances change and I need to seek employment, can I continue with my studies?
A: Once you have enrolled on the course, if your circumstances change we can look at your particular situation. If the fees are paid, this should not present a problem and there is also the option of transferring to our part-time, day release version of the course.