Level 3 Sub Diploma Engineering Technologies

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
1 year
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
EAL (Excellence, Achievement and Learning)
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £2583, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


Get your career in engineering off the ground with this course that will help progress you into roles such as maintenance engineer, mechanical engineer, design engineer and wedling or fabrication. This course offers the flexibility to choose optional modules allowing you to specialise in either mechnical engineering or welding and fabrication.

If you choose the fabrication and welding route you will use Metal Active Gas, Manual Metal Arc and Tungsten Inert Gas welding equipment. Students studying the mechanical engineering route will learn advanced technics when using the centre lathes, milling machines, drilling machines and hand tools, as well as equipment in the manufacture of precision components. Mechnical Engineering students will also gain an understanding of Computer Aided Design.

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This course is ideal if you are interested in pursuing a career in the engineering sector, including occupations and job roles such as maintenance engineer, mechanical engineer, design engineer and welder and/or fabricator.


The course has two individual pathways, one for those wishing to study mechanical engineering and one for those wishing to study fabrication and welding.
Mandatory units include Health and Safety and principles in either mechanical engineering or fabrication and welding.

Optional units for mechanical engineering include:
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Advanced Turning
  • Engineering Toolmaking

Optional units for fabrication and welding include:
  • Manual Metal Arc Welding
  • Metal inert gas, metal active gas (MIG/MAG) welding
  • Producing plate fabrications


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching and assessment is centred around both workshop and classroom activities. Assessment is carried out through on-line examinations, short answer quesrion papers and practical assessment tasks. Students will be trained and supported in the use of engineering practices using industry standard machine tools and equipment and use the latest software for computer aided design.

Maths and English


Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

Visits to industry, appearances at college by guest speakers and visits to industrial exhibitions are all part of the links to industry.


You will work with your tutor to secure a work placement opportunity, to develop your skills in a real working environment. You will also be actively encouraged to secure your own industry placement.

You could progress to study mechanical engineering at New College Durham, or secure employment or an apprenticeship.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview in college.
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Entry Criteria

For entry to this programme of study learners must have successfully completed the EMTA Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology in either Mechanical Engineering or in Fabrication and Welding.