Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 year 3 Full-Time City Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

This course has been designed for people who are looking for a career in engineering or who would like to progress to studying engineering an higher education.

The course has been designed to offer learners the opportunity to top up from the Level 3 Foundation Diploma. Learners will study subjects covering both mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering which then enables them to make an informed choice when discussing progression routes and employment opportunities.

As this course is designed as a 'Top Up' programme the entry requirements are as follows: BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (Merit Overall with a Merit in Mathematics)

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire As part of the course it is expected that you will provide your own stationery including: Pens, Pencils, Paper, Scientific Calculator, Ring Binder. Any specialist equipment will be provided by the college as required. As part of the programme you will be given the opportunity to take part in educational trips and visits to Higher Education Establishments and Engineering Facilities.

The course has been designed to offer learners a range of theoretical and practical subjects, these have been tailored to meet the needs of local employers and offer a balance of engineering subjects.

Mandatory Units

A Specialist Engineering Project
Microcontroller Systems for Engineers
Calculus to solve Engineering Problems

Optional Units

Further Engineering Mathematics
Electronic Installation of Hardware and Cables
Mechanical Behaviour of Metallic Materials
Mechanical Measurement & Inspection Technology
Manufacturing Secondary Machining Processes

Assessment of the course is carried out using a combination of externally set examinations, internal assessments and practical assessments.

English and Math's are important life skills that will help you to achieve your full potential in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 4-9 in GCSE Math's and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 16:00. Days and times of study are subject to change dependent upon group allocation. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term and will be discussed during the enrolment period.

What’s next?

Upon completion of the programme you could progress onto the HE program offered by Sunderland College (HNC and HND Engineering) or progress to University to continue your studies (UCAS Tariff applicable and subject to specific entry requirements).

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

We are the College of the Year

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College?

94.7% of our students progressed to further study, university or employment


(*Based on 16-18 year olds desination data 2016/17 academic year)

Our achievement rates are well above the national average

We have the widest range of courses in the region.

We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.