Overview top

This course is designed to develop a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and thereby enabling students to make an immediate contribution to employment at the appropriate professional level.

Year 1

  • Materials Engineering
  • Analytical Methods for Engineers
  • Health and safety
  • Engineering Science

Year 2

  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Fabrication and Welding Technology
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation

Material Engineering

This unit will provide learners with the necessary background knowledge and understanding of the properties, testing, treatments, processing, selection, failure modes and prevention of a variety of engineering materials. In addition, this unit offers learners the opportunity to consider environmental issues related to increased productivity and sustainability that lead to less waste and to the more efficient use of energy and resources when selecting materials for particular applications.

Analytical Methods for Engineers Fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems, algebraic methods, including polynomial division, exponential, trigonometric and hyperbolic functions, arithmetic and geometric progressions in an engineering context and expressing variables as power series. Sinusoidal functions in an engineering concept such as AC waveforms, together with the use of trigonometric identities. The calculus covers both differentiation and integration with rules and various applications. Statistics and probability, tabular and graphical representation of data; measures of mean, median, mode and standard deviation; the use of linear regression and correlation in engineering situations, probability and the Normal distribution.


Engineering Science

Engineering statics including the analysis of beams, columns and shafts. Dynamics, the behavioural analysis of mechanical systems subject to uniform acceleration, natural and forced oscillatory motion. Resistors connected in series/parallel, Ohm’s law and Kirchhoff’s law, current/voltage in series C-R and L-R circuits. AC circuits and the transformer.

Fabrication and Welding Technologies

  • Cutting processes (mechanical, thermal and water)
  • Punching and blanking
  • Forming methods (presses, spinning, rolls & high energy rate forming
  • Specialist welding processes
  • Types of welded joints
  • Common faults and causes
  • Welding procedures
  • Joint design
  • PWHT (Post weld heat treatment)
  • Quality control
  • Sheet metal fastenings
  • Bolts & applications
  • Structural steel work

Mechanical Principles

Complex loading systems, introduction to the concept of volumetric strain and the relationship between elastic constants. linear and volumetric strain that form a basis for determining dimensional changes in loaded cylinders. Bending moment, slope and deflection. mechanical power transmission systems, rotating system, slidercrank and four-bar linkage, balancing of rotating masses.

This course can be studied 1 day per week or 2 evenings per week over two years.

Entry Requirements top

BTEC National Diploma or Extended Diploma in engineering at level 3.Candidates who have engineering experience, but don't have this qualification may be considered, but must have a minimum GCSE grade B / 6 in maths and science. This would be discussed at the meeting with the course leader.  

 All candidates will meet with the course leader prior to enrolment. 


Assessment top

Learners will be assessed through written coursework and controlled assessment. 

Professional Opportunities top

Students may progress into employment, a foundation degree or gain direct access on to a number of full undergraduate degree courses.

Further Information top

Course: Part-time (daytime)

Day of attendance: Tuesday

Start date: 15th September 2020

Year 1 end date: 29th June 2021

Year 2 end date: 28th June 2022

Cost: £2260 per year