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Level 3
Duration 36 weeks
Subject Engineering
Suitable for Adult (19+)
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Are you aged over 19? Do you have an interest in studying engineering? If you want to go to university and study an engineering degree but don’t have the qualifications you need, this course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge that are required for Higher Education.

This course is a Level 3 course and is equivalent to three A-levels.

Course content

On this course you will learn and develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts of all aspects of engineering, including: electric circuits, electronics, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, engineering design (CAD), advanced level mathematics, physics and chemistry as well as biomedical engineering. In addition to this, you will develop the skills that are required for success in higher education.

You will also receive advice and guidance while completing your UCAS application to study at university.

The course is taught in a variety of ways, including theoretical and practical sessions, assignments and group work. Most units are assessed via exams, allowing you to gain relevant preparation for university. You will be continually assessed throughout the year.

Curriculum units

  • Digital electronics
  • Electric circuits
  • Engineering design – CAD
  • Engineering mathematics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Further engineering mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Chemistry for engineers
  • Mathematics – calculations
  • Physics for engineers
  • Preparation for higher education

Entry requirements

You must be at least 19 years old in order to apply for this course. It would be beneficial to have Level 2 qualifications in English and Mathematics. However, you will be provided with an opportunity to gain a Level 2 qualification in GCSE or Functional Skills English and Maths.

If you do not have formal qualifications for entry, you will need to demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm to study at Level 3, as well as demonstrating Level 2 abilities in communications and numeracy.


The vast majority of students that successfully complete the course will progress on to a university degree programme in an engineering discipline. Some will gain admission on to a Russell group university, due to the high relevance and advanced in-depth course content suited to such universities.

Other options include progression to an HND or Foundation Degree. The main focus of Access programmes is to prepare learners for study at university, however, some may decide to go into employment. On completion of your course, you will receive a profile of credits that will reflect your suitability for your chosen HND or degree programme.

Fees and funding

The course fee is TBC.

If you are aged 19+, how much you pay for your course and any additional costs will depend on a number of factors. Learn more about course fees and finances.

We have a range of financial support options available to help you while you’re studying. Find out what support you may be eligible for.

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Course code SC010019
Start date 05 Sep 2022
Location Institute of Technology
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