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Production managers and directors in manufacturing

Up to £48,000

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Engineering professionals n.e.c.

Up to £18,000

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Engineering technicians

Up to £28,000

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Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance. You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 including English and a grade 5 in Maths and ideally Sciences.


One year (but typically followed with the Extended Diploma in Engineering Advanced Manufacturing as Year 2).

What will I study?

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. The first year of the course is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels, and is a standalone qualification. Year 1 is made up of 9 units; 3 mandatory units and 6 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 1 - 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
  • Principles and Applications of Electronic Devices and Circuits
  • Engineering Secondary and Finishing Techniques
  • Engineering Design

How will it be assessed?

Assessment is assignment based throughout the year using a range of assessment 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 3 assignments for each unit throughout the year, and every assignment contributes to your final grade.


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.

What could it lead to?

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 onto the second year of this course which is the Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing (adding a further 9 units).

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.

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