Level 3 Subs Diploma Engineering

Start date(s):
2 Sep 2020
1 year
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £3345, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This course ensures you are able to apply your knowledge and understanding to practical situations. You will learn the relevant principals and applications, preparing you for work within the industry.


This course aims to provide learners with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of engineering processes and materials. You will follow health and safety regulations.


You will study the following units:
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Health and Safety
  • Applications of Computer Numerical Control
  • Mechanical Principals
  • Engineering Materials
  • Maths for Technicians
  • Electrical and Electronic Prinicpals
  • Applications of Programmable Controllers
  • Electronic Measurement and Inspection
  • Features and Applications of Electrical Machines
  • Computer Aided Engineering.


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

Teaching & assessment

You will take part in a variety of assessment methods throughout the duration of the course - these range from software simulation, programming exercises and written reports.

Maths and English

If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, do not worry, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will have the opportunity to re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills. These qualifications will help you enhance your maths and English skills and can be taken at levels between Entry Level 1 up to and including Level 2. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.

Industry links:

To develop your knowledge and understanding of the industry, the course includes workshops with guest speakers and factory tours.


You are not required to organise a formal work placement, however, all learners are encouraged to accept work placement opportunities to develop their skills for working within the industry.

You could progress onto a relevant HNC or HND programme at New College Durham, or a related subject at university.

Alternatively, you could progress straight into employment within the industry.


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

Additional Costs

You will be required to purchase workshop P.P.E. boots and overalls.

Interview Instructions

You will attend an informal one-to-one interview.
Further Education

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Entry Criteria

Ideally, learners will possess four GCSEs, including Maths, English and Science, graded at A-C (or equivalent). Applicants could gain access to the course if they can demonstrate they have sufficient industrial experience.