Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Extended Diploma (Multiskill) Level 3 (Year Two)
Building on the units you have studied in Year One you will continue to develop further understanding and skills across a range of engineering disciplines, studying both theory and industry practice.
A substantial part of Year Two is to carry out a ‘design and make’ project with a ‘mechatronics’ theme; using the design skills and knowledge from Year One and combining both mechanical and electronic engineering skills. This will also help develop wider skills of project management, research and analysis, communication and problem solving, and develop professional behaviours.
You will need to have achieved the Year One Advanced Manufacturing Certificate in Engineering to progress to the full Extended Diploma.
What will I study?
Year Two – Advanced Manufacturing Extended Diploma will add a further nine units from the following:
- Engineering Project (worth 2 units)
- Selecting and Using Programmable Controllers
- Features and Applications of Electrical Machines
- Applications of Computer Numerical Control in Engineering
- Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials
- Principles and Applications of Analogue Electronics
- Principles and Applications of Electronic Devices & Circuits
- Statistics and Business Improvement Techniques
- Engineering Maintenance
- Industrial Robot Technology
- Computer Aided Manufacture
- Further Engineering Mathematics
Units will be selected in line with local and regional employer guidance.
Anyone who is considering university HE degree programmes must study the Further Engineering Mathematics unit as an additional part to their programme, as a 10th unit. This will be an option offered in Year Two.
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 eight units across the week with specialist tutors, with each 1.5hr session being a separate unit. One of your units is a Project Unit which is worth two units, and with tutor guidance, you will carry out the full process to design and manufacture an engineered product. This will develop your wider skills such as project management, research, problem solving etc. 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 team work 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?
As with Year One of the Diploma, assessment is completed throughout the year by completing a series of assignments by different methods e.g. report writing, questions and answers, presentations, team working 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 (all Year One assignments also contribute to your final grade).
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
This course allows you to progress on to university and higher education such as a HND or degree programme. As this course is ‘multiskill’ it can lead on to a full range of engineering disciplines from mechanical to electronic, to aeronautical, advanced manufacturing and engineering design to name but a few.
You could also transfer or progress on to an advanced or higher apprenticeship, or employment in engineering.
It is always important to fully investigate the entry requirements for engineering degree programmes as many will require the BTEC Further Maths unit or A Level Maths; it’s important to research this now before embarking on your programme.
“I chose this course because I would like to go into mechanical engineering. It is very enjoyable and I’ve particularly enjoyed making my second year project where we design and build a line following robot. The classes are fun, the tutors are excellent and it is overall a great experience.”