Our wide range of courses are designed to equip you with a broad base of engineering skills

Our Engineering study programmes enable you to choose an area to specialise in and you will gain transferable skills, such as problem solving and project management, making you particularly attractive to potential employers. We have excellent links with industry, working with high technology companies such as Vauxhall, Lockheed Martin and Millbrook Proving Ground, so you will always be up to date with industry changes and developments – something that employers will be looking for.

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Part-time courses

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Courses we offer

Level 2 Study Programme

Engineering Intermediate Level 2 (offered at Bedford College and Tresham College)

Level 2 Apprenticeship

Engineering Apprenticeship Level 2 (find out more)

Level 3 Study Programme

Engineering Advanced Level 3: Electrical & Electronic, General or Mechanical Engineering (offered at Bedford College and Tresham College)

Level 3 Apprenticeships
  • Engineering (Electrical/Electronic or Technical Support) Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 (find out more)
  • Engineering (Mechanical Manufacturing or Maintenance or Fabrication & Welding) Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 (find out more)
  • Mechatronics Maintenance Technician Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 (find out more)
  • Technical & Professional (Civil Engineering) Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 (find out more)
HNC/HND
BSc (Hons)

Engineering BSc (Hons) (top-up from HND) (offered at Bedford College only)

Entry requirements

Level 2 Study Programme

Duration: One year
3 GCSEs grades 9-3 or A*-D or 9-3 including English and maths and science

Level 2 Apprenticeship

You will need a minimum of three GCSEs at grades A*-D / 9-3 or Level 1 equivalent, ideally including English, maths, science and or a technical based subject such as engineering or product design.

Level 3 Study Programme

4 GCSEs grades 9-4 or A*-C or 9-4 including English and maths and science

OR Engineering BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate or equivalent

Level 3 Apprenticeship

Engineering (Electrical/Electronic or Technical Support) Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4, ideally including English, maths and science, or equivalent or a technical based subject such as engineering or product design. Alternatively you can progress from a relevant Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship programme.

Engineering (Mechanical Manufacturing or Maintenance or Fabrication & Welding) Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4 including English, maths and science , or equivalent, or a technical subject such as engineering or product design. Alternatively you can progress from a relevant Level 2 Intermediate apprenticeship programme.

Mechatronics Maintenance Technician Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above, or equivalent. Grade C or above in Science is desirable but not essential.

Technical & Professional (Civil Engineering) Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
You will need to have GCSE grades A*- C in English and maths, or equivalent. Previous construction based qualifications or experience with the construction sector is desirable but not essential.

HNC/HND

HNC
2 A-Levels at Grade A*-C (including Mathematics and Physics),

OR BTEC Level 3 Diploma (120 credits) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (at Merit or above) including Further Maths

OR An equivalent Level 3 qualification (120 credits) in a related engineering discipline (at Merit or above) including Further Maths

We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications.

HND
You must have successfully completed the HNC and entry is subject to a successful interview.

BSc (Hons)

You must have a HND in either Electrical, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering.

Mature students

We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered on relevant work experience rather than qualifications.

What will I be doing?

Course Content

Level 2 Study Programme Overview

This study programme will provide you with a good level of knowledge and understanding of the basic engineering techniques used within the sector. You will study a wide variety of topics, including engineering materials, machining techniques, electronic circuit construction and more.

Level 2 Apprenticeship Overview

This apprenticeship programme will provide you with a good level of knowledge of the basic engineering techniques used within the industry to enable you to get your career off to the right start. Alongside the basic engineering training, you will also choose units to study which complement your specific job role. You will learn in the workplace and complete formal off-the-job training, giving you a broad mix of industry skills and knowledge.

Level 3 Study Programme Overview

This study programme has been developed with local employers to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to gain confidence in Engineering. In your first year you will study for an Engineering BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma, before specialising in mechanical, electrical and electronic or general engineering in your second year.

Level 3 Apprenticeship Overview

Engineering (Electrical/Electronic or Technical Support) Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
An advanced apprenticeship is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge required for a wide variety of engineering activities. This programme will combine the practical hands-on experience of the workplace with the knowledge and understanding gained through a College course. You and your employer will decide which pathway will be most suited to your job role and which units you will study within that pathway.

Engineering (Mechanical Manufacturing or Maintenance or Fabrication & Welding) Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
This apprenticeship will provide you with the skills and knowledge required for a wide variety of engineering activities in the mechanical or manufacturing engineering sector. It will combine the practical hands-on experience of the workplace with the knowledge and understanding gained through a college course, giving you the chance to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with the essential functional and personal skills required for both your current job role and your future career. You and your employer will decide which pathway will be most suited to your job role and which units you will study within that pathway.

Mechatronics Maintenance Technician Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
This is an excellent apprenticeship that will set you up for a career within the Engineering Maintenance sector. Mechatronics Maintenance Technicians ensure that plant and equipment perform to the required standard to facilitate production targets regarding safety, quality, delivery and cost within high value manufacturing environments. Typically the work covers a broad range of activities including installation, testing, fault finding and the on-going planned maintenance of complex automated equipment. This requires the application of a complex blend of skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours across the electrical, electronic, mechanical, fluid power and control systems disciplines

Technical & Professional (Civil Engineering) Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works like roads, bridges, canals, dams, and buildings. By following the Civil Engineering for Technicians pathway you will develop the skills, knowledge and competence you will need to carry out the duties of a Civil Engineering Technician in the workplace. Our courses have an excellent reputation with employers and help you to develop renewable technology construction skills that will put you at the forefront of the job market.

HNC & HND Overview

Electrical & Electronic Engineering BTEC HNC/HND
This course is ideal if you are already working in a technical role within the engineering industry and are looking to obtain a vocational qualification at a higher level to support your position or to progress within your career. If you are a trainee or an apprentice and have already completed your Level 3 BTEC then this nationally recognised qualification will equip you with the knowledge and understanding you need to develop your career in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at a higher level.

Mechanical Engineering HNC/HND:
This course is for you if you are already working in a technical role within the engineering industry and are looking to obtain a vocational qualification at a higher level to support your position or to progress within your organisation. If you are a trainee or an apprentice and have already completed your Level 3 in an appropriate engineering discipline then this qualification will equip you with the knowledge and understanding you need to develop your career in mechanical and manufacturing engineering at a higher level.

Degree Overview

If you have graduated with an HND in Engineering, then this course will allow you to top-up to achieve an honours degree qualification in Engineering in one year (two years for part-time). You will build on your existing knowledge gained at HND Level, without the need to take a full three or four year degree programme.

Course Structure & Expectations

Course Structure
Your full-time Further Education course will consist of a study programme. This means that alongside your industry-recognised qualification, you’ll also study English and maths and improve your personal and employability skills. In short, your study programme will provide you with:

  • A nationally-recognised qualification
  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

Our Higher Education programmes can be studied either full-time for two days per week or part-time one day per week. Teaching methods include lectures, practical sessions, group work, tutorials and workshops. In addition, substantial learning resources and support material are available online for home study.

Expectations

  • Attend punctually and regularly
  • Work hard and complete all work within specified deadlines
  • Participate in class activity and discussions
  • Take responsibility for your own learning
  • Treat everyone with respect
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Engineering Level 3

Aran Layal

Engineering initially appealed to me because it offers a good balance of practical and theory work. I started on the Level 2 course after my GCSEs and am now studying on the Level 3 programme, which is a step up in terms of workload.

I really enjoy the product design aspect of the course. In one of our units we have to design and build a robot from VEX kits. Next year we can decide what aspect of engineering we want to focus on. I’m going to choose mechanical.

We’ve had speakers come in from Mercedes and other automotive businesses. They talk to us about working in the industry and career opportunities. Once I finish College I’m hoping to go to University to study Mechanical Engineering or Product Design.

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