Mechanical Engineering Edexcel Diploma Level
Two years full time
The course requires approximately 16 hours
contact time per week which will be timetabled between Monday to
Thursday 9am to 5.30pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm.
This programme will introduce you to the building blocks of
a career in Mechanical Engineering.
The first year of the course delivers the
foundation knowledge required for a successful career in Mechanical
Engineering and includes practical experience in workshops and
The second year of the course builds on
knowledge acquired in the first year. Topics are more
specialised and studied in greater depth preparing students for
progression to Higher Education if desired.
Year 1 Core Topics
- Properties and Application of Materials
This unit consists of examining Engineering materials including
atomic and molecular structure. It also includes examining material
properties such as tensile strength and toughness.
Material manufacture and uses e.g. welding, fastening and how
they are used in the industry are also included.
- Mechanical Principles and Applications
This unit looks at forces, vectors - solving bending moments.
The unit goes onto look at Newtonian motion - momentum
and power. The unit then looks at fluid systems, pressures at
depth, finally examining thermodynamics in Engineering e.g. Heat
transfer linear expansion. This unit includes a lot of Maths.
- Communication for Technicians
This unit comprises of reading Engineering drawings, reading
Engineering and writing Engineering reports.
- Mathematics for Technicians
This unit covers all aspects of pure maths such as: Algebra,
Equations, Advanced Trigonometry, Statistics and Elementary
- Applications of Mechanical Systems
This unit looks at Engineering components such as gears, pulley
drive mechanisms. It also covers oils, grease and lubrication
systems moving onto looking at complete systems including: Power
Stations, refrigeration and cooling systems.
This covers all aspects of Health and Safety in the World
Engineering such as legislation, responsibilities and general
safety awareness within an Engineering environment.
There is also the opportunity to gain a
National Vocational Qualification in workshop practices.
Year 2 Specialisations.
This unit consists of using CAD software to produce Engineering
drawings, both orthographic and isometric. This unit also covers
saving and editing drawings.
- Computer Numerical Control of Machine
This unit covers basic CNC construction,
programming using G-code and the use of CAD-CAM systems in
This is a double unit which is mainly
student led, it is intended that the student identifies a simple
Engineering problem within their home or from a hobby. The student
then manages the project from first inception to final poduct by
identifying key areas such as time management, materials and
costings. A diary will be kept a long the way.
- Electro. Pneumatic and Hydraulic systems
This unit looks at and covers Pneumatic and Hydraulic systems in
terms of how they work, design of systems and industrial
applications of Pneumatic and Hydraulic systems within the
All the above units will have some elements of practical tasks
to perform using lab equipment, CAD software and computer
Assessment runs throughout the programme,
combining projects, assignments and course work.
Course Entry Requirements
There are no course tuition fees if you are under 19 years old
on 31 August. You may have to pay for textbooks, personal kits,
uniforms, trips and personal stationery.
Activities such as trips and visits may be
arranged, which are beneficial to this course and your
learning. These activities are optional and additional fees
charged to you. Details will be provided at
the time of interview.
Successful students may pursue further studies
within engineering at HNC/D level.
Course Career Prospects
There may be job opportunities including
engineering technician, team leader and craftsperson.
Further study at higher education will create opportunities in
employment roles including engineers, technical managers, programme
managers, and project managers.
If you are unsure about your career progression please contact
the Careers Team.
For Specific Course Information Contact
Telephone Stephen Duffy on 01302 553553 ext 2241,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Or
telephone Academic Administration on 553663
For Application and Enrolment Information Contact
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