Level 3 Course


Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

Progression Level

Higher Education


Two Years – Full time

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Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 9-5 including Science, English and Maths, or a Level 2 qualification in Engineering, with a minimum M/D profile, a verifiable equivalent qualification and a satisfactory reference from a previous employer or training provider.


This course allows you to develop a creative approach to analysis and problem solving with regard to the design, manufacture and maintenance of mechanical systems.

Our workshops are equipped with a wide range of testing equipment, machine tools, new CNC lathe and milling machines, a 3D printer and access to CAD software. Specialist topics allow you to study particular areas in depth, including:


  • Engineering principles

  • Micro-controller systems for engineers

  • Principles and applications of fluid mechanics

  • Thermodynamic princples

  • Calculus to solve engineering problems

This course introduces you to the skills and knowledge required to progress to an Apprenticeship, or further study such as the HNC/HND or an engineering degree.

Assessment is a combination of exams and assignments, plus three externally examined modules.

Next Steps

This qualification will demonstrate that you have significant knowledge and skill working in a mechanical engineering environment. Students can advance to an Apprenticeship, Higher Education or employment where specific practical training will be given. Many successful students choose to study their HNC/HND within an Apprenticeship programme.

For further assistance or speak to an adviser please call 01329 815 200