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Engineering - Robotics and Automation - Level 3


This hands on course will further develop your depth of skills and knowledge as you progress closer to a career in engineering or university.

Robotics and automation in Engineering are set to increase significantly over the next 10 to 15 years, meaning that there is a need for highly skilled people who are able to programme, design and implement the operation of autonomous machinery and robotic equipment.

This course is designed by employers for local and national industry so that students understand the advanced skills and knowledge needed for industry. Whether your career pathway is university or employment this course is the start of the journey to get you there. You may end up designing complex engineering systems or be at the cutting edge of advanced engineering (such as within aerospace) or the supply chain of high end manufacturing sectors.

Entry requirements

GCSE maths grade 6 and English language grade 5.

16-18 year old applicants:

You will need to supply a copy of your most up-to-date school/college report or a reference from a teacher/employer. Please upload this to your myVISION account by the end of May 2021.

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)2048A1562FREETBCApply

* 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?

1-2 years.

How will I be assessed?

  • Practical assessment – you will be assessed how well you are able to design, plan, implement the use of autonomous and robotic equipment
  • Project based learning – much of the course requires you to design, programme and build small scale robotic and autonomous engineering systems such as automated conveyer distribution and/ or machine loading system
  • Portfolio of skills – throughout the course you will build a portfolio of skills based evidence to show what you have learned. At the end of the course there will be an aptitude test to confirm that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to progress on to Level 4
  • Assignments – as the academic demand of the course increases you will complete a series of assignments that demonstrate your understanding of applied engineering

What will I study?

You will study some of the following topics so that you have an in-depth understanding of automation and robotic engineering:

  • Advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD) – Interpreting and producing 2D and 3D drawings
  • Planning, design and construction of robotic and autonomous systems
  • Complex electrical systems and fault finding/diagnosis
  • Simulation engineering for fluid mechanics, hydraulics and pneumatics – web based
  • Advanced rapid prototyping and 3D printing
  • Advanced programming and operations
  • Advanced electrical circuits and programmable logic controllers for industry
  • Advanced practical engineering project to design, programme and build a robotic system

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.

What can I go on to study?

  • Robotics and Automation - Level 4/5
  • Engineering Design - Level 4/5
  • General Engineering – academic pathway to university - Level 4/5.

How do I apply?

Apply online


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