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EAL Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Electronics) - Level 3 - Part-time (North Devo...

Level 3
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
Starts 7th February 2022 - Two years

The EAL Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Electronics) is designed to teach both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and provide you with the perfect foundation on which to develop your engineering knowledge. This course will cover engineering areas as varied as mathematics for engineering technicians, analogue and digital electronics, communications in the engineering industry, measurement and control, health and safety, and much more besides.

Successfully completing this programme will qualify you to progress to Petroc’s FdSc or HNC in Engineering.


You’ll study a number of modules that are essential to the electronics engineering sector. These include:

- Health and Safety: Regulations and risk assessment requirements
- Mathematics: Statistics, trigonometry and calculus
- Further Mathematics: Higher algebraic techniques, higher graphical techniques and complex numbers
- EEP: Terminal voltage, capacitors, inductors and AC theory
- Digital Electronics: Boolean algebra, sequential logic and combination logic
- Measurement and Control: Measurement theory and practical measurement
- Micro Electronics: Logic families, PIC and Arduino’s
- Engineering Communications: Interpreting engineering drawing, written and verbal communication and sources of information
- Analogue Electronics: Analogue integrated circuits and analogue devices

By enrolling on this course, you will become part of SWIoT - the South West Institute of Technology. SWIoT is a unique collaboration between Petroc and a number of prestigious higher and further education partners; designed to provide innovative technical education and deliver a skilled local workforce, economic growth, and prosperity to the South West.

Whether you’re new to further education, are looking for a qualification that’ll give you access to higher-level study, want to retrain for a new career or are looking to upskill for your existing role, this could be the perfect place to start. And, as this is a part-time course, you can fit it in around your existing work or study commitments.
Assessment for this course will be carried out via a combination of internally-moderated short-question tests, open-book exams, and externally-moderated multiple-choice exams. There will also be written and practical assignments.

Your accumulated results will lead to an overall grade for each unit or module. To successfully complete this course, you’ll need to achieve the required grading criteria for each unit - these consist of pass, merit and distinction levels.

You must achieve a pass level for each unit before higher grades can be awarded.

Your final grade will equate to two A-levels, with equivalent UCAS points awarded, so that universities and employers can compare your achievement with those students following traditional A-level routes.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above

You’re expected to have achieved four GCSEs at grade B/5 or above, including mathematics and a science subject, or Level 2 Diploma in Engineering at merit or above, along with GCSEs at grade C/4, or equivalent Level 2 vocational qualification at merit/pass or above will also be considered.
This course has a natural progression to Petroc’s Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Mechanical Design and Manufacture.

This pathway is often supported by local employers as part of your professional development, and to increase a company's qualified workforce.

Alternatively, you may wish to progress to university as a full-time student, providing you meet the course-entry requirements of your chosen university.
This programme will be taught at the Engineering Centre of Excellence, which is a specialist training and assessment facility for engineering and manufacturing students. The centre contains 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 will have access to specialist workshops, laboratories, and high-quality CAD applications installed on industry-standard computer systems.

The Mechanical work is supported by a number of professional resources, including a machine shop, welding and sheet metal workshops, and a well-equipped science laboratory with a range of industrial testing equipment.

The Electrical, Electronic, and 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), through hole plated (THP) technologies, assembly, and circuit testing can take place.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: Do I need to have an apprenticeship?
A: The simple answer is no; you don’t need to have an apprenticeship. However, if you’re aged between 16 to 19, then we would suggest that an appropriate apprenticeship could be the best option for your future career.

Q: Can I do this course if I haven't studied for a long time?
A: Yes, we actually find that mature students who have a desire to learn new skills, and gain nationally-recognised qualifications, usually do very well on our programmes.

Q: Do I need to have a relevant job?
A: No, you don’t need to be currently employed in a related position, but working in the same industry as your chosen course can be highly beneficial.

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