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Advanced Manufacturing in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering - Level 3


This course provides an in-depth introduction to a career in engineering.

This course covers certain requirements of some apprenticeship standards. The course covers seven mandatory units as well as eight specialsit units, which are detailed below:

The seven mandatory units include: 

  • Engineering principles
  • Delivery of engineering processes safely as a team
  • Engineering product design and manufacture
  • A specialist engineering project
  • Applied commercial and quality principles in engineering
  • Microcontroller systems for engineers
  • Calculus to solve engineering problems

The eight specialist units include:

  • Computer aided design in engineering
  • Electrical machines
  • Electronic devices and circuits
  • Maintenance of mechanical systems
  • Mechanical measurement and inspection technology
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Manufacturing secondary machining processes
  • Manufacturing computer numerical control machining processes

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Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language, maths, science and technology OR
  • A relevant Level 2 qualification in engineering and completion of the four-week introductory course.

16-18 year old applicants:

You will need to supply a written reference from your school/college teacher and/or a current school or college report with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements. This will need to be uploaded to your myVISION account by the end of May.

19+ year old applicants:

Mature students (those aged 19 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses. You will also be required to supply a written reference either from a recent educational institution or employer. Please upload this to your myVISION account by the end of May 2021. If you are not able to gain a reference, please contact for further advice.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20211 yr(s)1636A1014FREEFREE* to £2583.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

How long is the course?

The Advanced Diploma is a 2 year course.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods include internally set practical-based assignments, written work or presentations.

What does the course lead to?

Successful completion can lead to a range of job roles in mechanical and electrical/electronic or manufacturing engineering or progression to a university level course either here at Vision West Notts or at a university.

What will I study?

Study modules that cover CAD, electrical and mechanical principles, electronics and CNC.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

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How do I apply?

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