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Mechanical Engineering Edexcel Diploma Level 3


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. 


Course Description

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 laboratories.


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.


Course Structure

Year 1 Core Topics Include:

  • 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 Calculus.


  • 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.


  • Health and Safety

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.

  • Computer Aided Drafting

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 Tools

This unit covers basic CNC construction, programming using G-code and the use of CAD-CAM systems in Engineering.


  • Engineering Project

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 and devices

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 Engineering environment. 


All the above units will have some elements of practical tasks to perform using lab equipment, CAD software and computer software.


Course Assessment

Assessment runs throughout the programme, combining projects, assignments and course work.


Course Entry Requirements

  • GCSE grade B or above in Maths and English and GCSE at grade C or above in Science.  Alternatively, applicants must have a BTEC First Diploma Level 2 in Engineering (merits/distinctions required in key subjects)

  • All applicants must achieve a Level 2 in Maths and English in the initial assessment.
  • For equivalent qualifications see the Guide to General Entry Requirements page
  • All applicants must attend an individual interview
  • Entry requirements may be amended for mature students who have considerable relevant experience.  


Course Costs

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.


Course Enrichment

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 will be


charged to you. Details will be provided at the time of interview.


Course Progression

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.


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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 Or telephone Academic Administration on 553663


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