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EAL Diploma in Engineering - Level 3 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level 3
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
One year initially, then convert to year two

If you’re looking for a qualification that can open the door to a wide variety of exciting engineering roles, and provide you with a broad understanding of both mechanical and electrical engineering, then look no further, as this is the course for you. The EAL Diploma in Engineering combines hands-on practical tuition with traditional classroom teaching; ensuring you develop both the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required for your future career. This course will cover engineering areas as varied as mathematics for engineers, mechanical principles, digital and analogue electronics, communications, quality and inspection, computer aided drawing (CAD), welding, health and safety, and much more. So, 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 apprenticeship; or are looking to upskill for your existing role, this could be the perfect place to start.

You’ll develop your practical skills in our industry-standard engineering workshop, including machining and welding.


You’ll study seven units per year, consisting of topics that are essential to the engineering sector. Mid Devon and North Devon provide slightly different units, but these are a selection that are delivered over the two years:

- Health and Safety: Regulations and risk assessment requirements
- Mathematics: Statistics, trigonometry and calculus
- Further Mathematics: Higher algebraic techniques, higher graphical techniques, complex numbers
- Engineering Science: Stress and strain, vector diagrams, magnetism and beams.
- EEP: Terminal voltage, capacitors, inductors and AC theory
- Digital Electronics: Boolean algebra, sequential logic and combination logic
- Micro Electronics: Logic families, PIC and Arduino’s
- Engineering Communications: Interpreting Engineering drawing, written and verbal communication and sources of information
- Mechanical Principles: Moments, tensile testing, limit and fits
- Computer Aided Drawing (CAD): AutoCAD, SolidWorks
- Quality and Inspection: Measuring equipment, statistical process control
- CNC: Operational plans, CNC mills and lathes, CAM
- Engineering Project (double unit)
- Welding: Theoretical
- Welding: Practical
- Engineering Organsation and behaviour: Employers rights and responsibility and lean manufacture.
- Theory and Practice

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.
You’ll be assessed via a combination of formal tests, assignments, and portfolio work.

Formal testing will include both online and in-class tests, and you’ll typically complete three assignments per unit (spread across each term).
Other forms of assessment such as extended project work, CAD drawings, portfolio creation, or class tests could also be used.

You won’t have to sit final end-of-year exams, but your portfolio work will be expected to be of a high-standard and typed. We can provide assistance if you struggle with English or IT skills.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above

Must include grade 5 in English and Maths.
If you have Maths at foundation level, then additional Maths sessions will be provided for you. Additional Maths sessions will be required to support the Level 3 mathematical content.
Candidates who have achieved a Merit in their Level 2 Diploma in Engineering (including a Merit in 202) will be accepted on to this course as long as they also have grade 5 in Maths.
Successful completion of this course will provide you with the equivalent to three full A-levels, and the corresponding UCAS points will be awarded. This will enable you to progress to university on an engineering-related degree course.

Petroc will accept the EAL Technical Extended Diploma in Engineering for entry on to our Foundation Degrees (FdSc) in Mechanical Design and Manufacture; Electronics and Communications; and Digital Technologies.

Alternatively, successful students can apply for an apprenticeship in a variety of engineering settings, or advance directly to employment.
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.
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 your Diploma to gain entry onto Petroc’s FdSc in Engineering (provided you’ve achieved the requisite level of credits), or you can save-up your earned UCAS points to put towards your university degree application.

Q: What if I am a mature student who has been out of education for a long time?
A: Although returning to college can be a daunting prospect, you really don’t need to worry. This is a perfectly natural way for you to feel, and there’ll be many other students feeling the exact same way. Our staff are here to provide all the support you need, and they fully-appreciate that you may need time to adjust to college life.

Q: Will my lack of experience with IT and computer equipment be a problem?
A: The simply answer is no, it won’t be a problem. We have an extremely helpful, accommodating, and experienced IT department who can get you started and answer any questions you may have. Remember, there are a lot of other learners in the same situation, so you won’t be alone.

Q: What if my circumstances change and I need to seek employment, can I continue with my studies?
A: If your circumstances change once you have enrolled on the course, we can look at your particular situation and decide what your best option is. If your fees are already paid, then this shouldn’t be a problem, and there’s also the option of transferring to our part-time version of the course.

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