Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Mechanical)
This Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Mechanical) is designed to teach you both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and provide the perfect foundation on which to develop your engineering knowledge.
The course will cover engineering areas as varied as mathematics for engineering technicians, mechanical principles, communications in the engineering industry, computer aided drawing (CAD), maintenance of mechanical devices, business improvement, health and safety, and much more besides.
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 are looking to upskill for your existing role, this could be the perfect place to start.
And, as this is a part-time course, it can be fitted 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’ll 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.
To be accepted onto this Level 3 programme, you must hold at least four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including GCSE Maths and English Language.
You’re expected to have achieved four GCSEs at grade B/5 or above, including mathematics and a science subject.
Level 2 Diploma in Engineering at merit or above, along with GCSEs at grade C/4.
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 Production 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.
Facilities and resources
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.
You 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.
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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Why Petroc should be your first choice
Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.
We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community.
Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments.
We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.