Extended Diploma in Engineering - Level 3 - Full-time (Mid Devon)
Mid Devon Campus
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 (which starts immediately) using specialised engineering equipment in our well-equipped workshop.
Practical work is an important part of our curriculum and a significant amount of time is spent in the workshop. Practical skills in our engineering workshop include machining, welding, fabrication and pneumatics.
You will study three units each term, covering a range of subjects:
- Mechanical Principles
- Electronic Principles and Devices and Engineering Drawing
- Further Engineering Mathematics
- Further Mechanical Principles
- Further Electronics
- Computer Aided Drawing (CAD)
- Engineering Project
Assessments mainly take the form of assignments, typically four 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.
All entrants must hold GCSE English Language at grade 4/5 or above and preferably GCSE Maths at grade 4/5 or above, amongst the 5 GCSEs at grade C required for entry.
Entrants not holding a grade 4 in Maths, but who have a grade 2/3, will study GCSE Maths and take the examination at the end of the year. Completing first years will not be able to automatically continue into their second year without achieving GCSE Maths at grade 4.
We also accept applicants who have successfully completed a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering.
Completion of 180 credits will provide the equivalent to three full A Levels and is accepted by most universities for entry to an engineering related degree course. Petroc will accept the BTEC Extended Diploma 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.
Students on this programme have access to brand new purpose built workshops, laboratories and high quality CAD applications in well-supported computer systems at our Mid Devon Campus.
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 platted (THP) technologies, assembly and circuit testing can take place.
Steel toe capped boots & overalls
We recommend you buy a scientific calculator, memory stick (USB), an A4 folder, dividers and some drawing equipment. Due to the working environment and for hygiene reasons, you will need to purchase a pair safety glasses, 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 also 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*.
To find out more please contact our guidance team on 01884 235245
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.
Q. Are there any additional costs?
A. We recommend you buy a scientific calculator, memory stick (USB), an A4 folder, dividers and some drawing equipment. Due to the working environment and for hygiene reasons, you will need to purchase a pair safety glasses, 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 also 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.