Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Technologies - Mechanical

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

With this advanced course you'll be working in our industry-standard engineering workshops, learning all of the skills and knowledge you need to work successfully in the industry. You'll study mechanical engineering principles, advanced manufacture techniques, as well as computer aided design, advanced milling and advanced turning.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course can be completed in one year studying two days a week (Monday and Thursday) between 9.00am and 7.30pm or in two years studying one day a week (Monday or Thursday) between 9.00am and 7.30pm.

What will I study?

You will cover the following units:

  • Engineering and environmental health and safety
  • Mechanical engineering principles
  • Computer aided design (CAD) techniques
  • Maintenance of mechanical systems
  • Advanced manufacture techniques - computer numerical control (CNC)
  • Advanced milling
  • Advanced turning
  • Engineering Organisational efficiency and Improvement
  • Maintenance Engineering Principles
  • General Engineering Maintenance Techniques

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by internally set tests and assignments.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have four GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including Maths and Science.

If you are aged 19+ then we would accept industry experience in place of formal qualifications.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please click here.

If you are an adult student aged 19 or over, course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. You could also choose to apply for a Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £25,000 per year.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon completion of this course, you could continue your studies on a higher level qualification by progressing onto the engineering HNC/HND at University Centre St Helens.

Alternatively, you may choose to look for employment in the industry or progress onto a higher apprenticeship, where you'll gain further qualifications whilst earning some money.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Ref: Dave Pye


Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Electrical Engineering
Fabrication and Welding
Mechanical Engineering
University Centre St Helens

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Why study Engineering with us?

Workplace Environment

You will develop your skills and knowledge in our impressive specialist engineering workshops.

Expert Tutors

Our tutors are experienced, industry experts and passionate about their subject too.

Wide Range of Courses

We have an extensive range of courses across a variety of engineering disciplines.

Industry links

We have strong links with employers such as Peel Ports and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Interactive Experience

Your learning is practical, hands-on and heavily work experience focused.

Employment Opportunities

Our courses meet the skills priorities of the engineering industry.