Engineering Diploma Level 3

Cornwall College Camborne | St Austell | Sisna Park - Plymouth LEVEL: 3 Engineering

Engineering remains one of the UK’s most important industries, offering a diverse range of exciting employment opportunities, from design to tool making. During your studies you will learn the principles of engineering so you can then specialise in areas such as manufacturing, plant operations and repair, machining, welding and fabrication

This Level 3 qualification is a full-time course which can run over two years.  The programme is equivalent to three A levels on completion of the second year. The course provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that will prepare you for employment or progression to higher education and degree courses. 

The course attracts UCAS points to further your progression onto Higher Education.  On successful completion of the course, you can progress onto an Apprenticeship or enter into employment. 

The course will develop your knowledge and skills in the design, manufacture and maintenance of engineering products.

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.



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Ideal if:

You would like to spend a year as a full time student learning the essential skills in engineering, exploring your career options and building core skills.

You’ll need:

Three GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English, and maths.

You’ll learn:

During the course you will develop your knowledge and skills in the design, manufacture and maintenance of engineering products. You will learn to think like an engineer and acquire logical thinking and critical analysis skills, which will help you develop and prepare you for the workplace.

In the first year you will learn the basics about all aspects of health and safety in the workplace, and develop a broad range of practical skills as you are introduced to all of the machinery used in this industry in our college workshops. You will then be able to develop more core maths and science required for engineering as well as:

• Electrical engineering

• Mechanical engineering

• Welding and fabrication

• Production and manufacturing

• Microprocessors

• Pneumatics and hydraulics

• CAD and CAM

• 3D printing and modelling

• 3 Phase motors and drives

• PLC programmable logic controllers

In the second year we will also help you develop broader professional skills such as presentation techniques, time management and effective communication strategies. You will also be able to undertake a period of work experience in industry to give you invaluable insight into potential careers.


To learn in both the classroom and workshops.

You’ll love:

Using our broad range of equipment.

You’ll go on to:

University study such as our FdSc Engineering.

Our Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3 and then potentially a Higher Apprenticeship at Level 4.

Careers in this industry 

  • Civil engineering
  • Commercial engineering
  • Defence engineering
  • Design engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electronics engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  •  Infrastructure engineering
  • Instrumentation & control engineering

Our Level 3 course offers you the choice of university study or employment on successful completion of your course."


Land-based Engineering & Technology


Engineering Diploma Level 3

Start Date

September 2020




2 years

Engineering Diploma Level 3

Start Date

September 2020


St Austell


2 years

Engineering Diploma Level 3

Start Date

September 2020


Sisna Park - Plymouth


2 years


Chris Ludlow Lecturer Engineering

Chris gained his fabrication apprenticeship through A & P Falmouth and then travelled around Europe working as a fabricator. He started working at Cornwall College in 2008 and teaches fabrication and welding, lathe and mill work and machine maintenance. He is also a qualified assessor.

“Engineering is a vital part of the UK economy and engineering companies are projected to need 182,000 people with engineering skills each year to 2022.”

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.