Level 3 Award in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This course is designed to provide you with comprehensive learning progression for 3D CAD. You will develop your skills using AutoDesk Inventor and Solidworks through exploring beginner tasks to advanced features such as modelling and assemblies.

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

This course will commence in September. Taking one year to complete, you will attend the College on a Wednesday evening from 6.00pm - 9.00pm.

What will I study?

During the course you will study:

  • AutoDesk Inventor
  • Solidworks
  • Basic 3D Modelling
  • Advanced 3D Modelling
  • 3D Assemblies
  • Surfaces
  • 3D Sketching
  • Features and Constraints
  • Converting to 2D Projection Drawings

How is it assessed?

Assessment is ongoing throughout the year as your knowledge develops. You will also be assessed through a knowledge based exam at the end of the year.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

No formal qualifications are required however, a level 2 CAD qualification is desirable and experience with CAD software is essential.

What are the course fees?

The total cost of this course is £600.

If you are aged 19 or over, course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding to cover course fees. If you are aged 19-23 and this is your first full level 1 qualification, 100% of your course fees will be covered.

More information can be provided upon application. For more information on financial support that may be available, please visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

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

You could develop your 3D CAD skills, enter employment or move onto a HNC programme to develop your CAD and engineering knowledge.

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: Andy Moran


Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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