Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Certificate (Multiskill) Level 3 (Year One)
This is a one year course but typically followed with the Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering as Year Two.
You will develop a broad range of engineering knowledge and skills and an understanding of engineering theory and industry practice, covering manufacturing, mechanical and electronic/electrical engineering disciplines.
A minimum of 5 GCSE subjects at grade 4 or above including English and a grade 5 in Maths and ideally Sciences.
What will I study?
The first year of the course is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels and is a standalone qualification. Year One is made up of nine units; three mandatory units and six further units to give a multiskilled experience as advised by local, regional employers. It is also possible to study A Level Maths alongside this course with a grade 7 or more in GCSE Maths.
Year One - Advanced Manufacturing Certificate units may typically include:
- Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace
- Communications for Engineering Technicians
- Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
- Mechanical Principles of Engineering Systems
- Electrical and Electronic Principles in Engineering
- Computer Aided Drafting in Engineering
- Engineering Maintenance
- Engineering Secondary and Finishing Techniques
- Engineering Design
- Engineering Communications
There are a number of text books, as well as engineering drawing equipment, which we recommend to support you through the programme. Further details are available.
Method of delivery
You will typically be in College three days per week*, spending time in the classroom studying theory as well as in the specialist workshops and classrooms undertaking practical work.
You will study nine units across the week with specialist tutors, with each 1.5hr session being a separate unit. All units are assignment based with three to four assignments for each unit and these are spread across the full year. For each unit you are taught the skills and knowledge and then apply this to complete assignments to demonstrate your understanding; some assignments are report/essay based, some might be a practical task or experiment, some may be a presentation or teamwork activity, so there are a range of assessment methods.
*Please note if you are also studying AS Level Maths alongside this course you will be in College four days per week.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is assignment based throughout the year using a range of assessment methods e.g. report writing, questions and answers, presentations, teamworking activities, practical activities to demonstrate understanding and competency, and essays.
You will complete approximately three assignments for each unit throughout the year, and every assignment contributes to your final grade. Achievement of the assignments throughout the year builds up your Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria.
Good course combinations
It is possible to study A Level Maths alongside this course with a grade 7 or more in GCSE Maths.
Your next steps
Whilst on this course it is possible to transfer, at any point, to most engineering apprenticeships; this is the course that many engineering apprentices will study. Alternatively, on completion, you would typically progress on to the second year of this course which is the Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (adding a further nine units).
"I’m in the first year of this course and am really enjoying it. The course is predominantly theory based but there are a few practical lessons per week, like the electrical devices one where you build circuits. This course has allowed me to have lots of different routes as options such as university or apprenticeships."