Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater Centre
  • Taunton Centre

Who is the course for?

Engineering holds many fantastic and exciting opportunities, in today’s world engineers work in an environment that encompasses the use of cutting edge technologies and innovative solutions, for example you could find yourself designing the next generation of Smart Phones, designing robots manufacturing components for fighter jets or developing sustainable energy. Study engineering and you be on the road to becoming a highly skilled engineer and will be able to work within a variety of engineering disciplines such as, product design, aerospace, manufacturing, electrical & electronics, communications, mechanical, nuclear & energy, environment or transport.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering will give you the experience and recognised qualifications to pursue one of these career routes and will appeal to those of you who have a keen interest in Engineering.

You may want to combine this qualification with an A-level in Maths or Physics.

What does the course involve?

You will study a combination of theory, applied theory and practical subjects across a broad range of subjects including:

  • Engineering Mathematics & Further Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • CAD and Engineering Drawing
  • Engineering Secondary & Finishing Techniques
  • Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Machining & Welding
  • Industrial Robotics
  • Industrial Process Control
  • CNC Machine Programming
  • Hydraulics & Pneumatics
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Engineering Design
  • Final Year Project

What makes this course special?

Students can take full advantage of the fully stocked and dedicated, machining, welding & fabrication workshops and laboratories. Equipment includes with the latest Robotic, CAD/CAM, CNC, Materials, Pneumatic/Hydraulics, Programmable Logic Control, Electronics and Process Control Technology giving students unrivalled access to the latest industry standard training and education. This course allows students to sample the various aspects of Engineering Technology and enables them to make a reasoned choice for their future career based on their experience across a broad range of engineering subjects.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSE grades A* – C or 9 - 4, including Mathematics (Higher) at grade B or above or an appropriate Level 2 qualification with an overall Merit which includes Maths & Science is acceptable.

How long is the course?

Two years, full time.

What are the progression options?

The Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to three  A levels and successful completion will provide progression onto University, a wide range of possible careers and Apprenticeships including Higher Apprenticeships. The college offer a Foundation Degree in Mechanical Engineering leading on to a BEng or MEng Mechanical Engineering Degree awarded by The University of the West of England and delivered here at Bridgwater College. Former students have become Design Engineers, Aerospace Engineers and now working for businesses that include; GE Oil & Gas, Rolls-Royce Aerospace and EDF Energy.

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