Level 3, Subsidiary Diploma

Duration: Two Year Course

Location: Benfleet

Course Description

Seevic -engineering

Are you good at solving problems and considering a career in Engineering?

This practical course will see you develop both hands-on skills and academic knowledge of Engineering.

You will study of things like mathematics and materials, as well as build practical skills like machining techniques and welding.

Additional extracurricular Engineering activities will also give you the chance to show off your creativity.


There are two mandatory units and an additional four units which make up the 60 credits for the course.

The mandatory units are:

  • Unit 1 Health and safety in the engineered workplace
  • Unit 5 Mechanical principles and applications

The additional units may include*:

  • Unit 10 Properties and applications of engineering materials      
  • Unit 21 Engineering secondary and finishing techniques        
  • Unit 22 Fabrication processes and technology 
  • Unit 23 Welding technology 

*Please note these may be subject to change.

How Will I Be Taught and Assessed?

Teaching is a mixture of classroom based theory and practical work; you’ll learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

All of the work will be assessed through coursework. This is set and marked by your tutor. Marks accumulated over the two years will be added together, giving you an overall grade upon completion. 

What Could I Do Next?

The great thing about this course is that it will give you a choice of opportunities once you've completed it. 

  • You could decide to go on to study a degree in a wide range of Engineering disciplines, or you could take an HNC/HND in Engineering
  • You could progress to a Higher Level Apprenticeship in a variety of different Engineering companies, as many of our students do.
  • You could go directly into employment in a variety of Engineering disciplines, such as a Technician or Technician Engineer.

General Entry Requirements

Average point score of 5.3, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above - including English Language or Maths.

If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa.

Specific Entry Requirements

  • Grade B/6 or above in GCSE Maths
  • To study this course you will ideally be studying A-Level Maths and another Engineering related A-Level, so that you have the best chance of progression into Higher Education or a Higher Level Apprenticeship.

Additional Costs

Equipment Costs – All students on this program will need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

Although we can provide PPE for students to borrow we also offer the opportunity to purchase your own overalls and steel toe capped boots at reasonable prices.

You will also need to purchase a small selection of basic drawing equipment, a scientific calculator and general stationary supplies.

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