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

What’s it all about?

This course has been developed to offer students the opportunity to discover the range and scope that the engineering industry can offer. Working alongside key employers in the region, the course offers students to develop skills and knowledge in: mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, automation engineering and fabrication/welding engineering.

The course is also focused on the development of students social and employability skills alongside technical knowledge.

If you are looking to pursue a career in engineering or would like to progress into Engineering at Higher Education level, this is the course for you.

The entry requirements for this course are that you will need either a minimum of four GCSE's at grade 5 or above including a 6 in Mathematics or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering with a Merit grade overall.

In certain circumstances other qualifications can be considered but this will be at the course leaders discretion.

Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

The course consists of seven mandatory topics. Engineering Principles, Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a team, Engineering Product design and Manufacture, Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering, Electronic Devices and Circuits, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Fabrication Manufacturing Processes.

The course is assessed using a range of methods including assignments, practical projects and presentations. These have been based on 'real world' scenarios to prepare you for the Engineering Industry.

In the Engineering sector English and Math's are important skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and help you to progress along your chosen career path.

If you have not already achieved a grade 4-9 in GCSE Math's and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills with GCSE sessions included within your college timetable.

The course is delivered at our City Campus Monday - Friday, 9am-4pm. Days and times of study are subject to change and are dependent on group allocation.

Timetables are confirmed at the start of term with students typically attending 3 days per week.

Our teaching staff have a vast range of industrial experience in a broad range of areas within engineering and continue to enhance their industrial skills.

As a college, we have recently invested significant capital to ensure that the facilities and equipment available to students matches those used in industry which gives them a direct link to industry.

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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.