National Foundation Diploma Engineering

National Foundation Diploma Engineering

Study Mode: Full Time
Course Level: Level 3

Where will this course lead?

This qualification has been designed as a one-year, full-time course that supports progression to an apprenticeship in engineering or to a further year of study at Level 3.

Following successful completion, you may be able to progress onto one of the three Extended Diploma pathways:
- National Extended Diploma Aeronautical Engineering
- National Extended Diploma Engineering (Electronics)
- National Extended Diploma Engineering (Design)

What will I study?

The mandatory units that you will study in this qualification are:
- Engineering Principles
- Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team
- Engineering Product Design and Manufacture
- Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering

Other units that you study may include:
- Computer Aided Design in Engineering
- Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems
- Electronic Devices and Circuits

How will this course be delivered?

These courses are delivered through classroom teaching, practical workshops and computer based workshops.

You will have the opportunity to complete practical workshops in our Advanced Manufacturing Centre, the Robotics/Automation facility and PLC lab.

If you choose the aeronautical pathway, you will also be able to work in our aircraft hangar and with the 737 flight simulator

What qualifications will I get?

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Engineering

How will I be assessed?

The subject units are assessed in a variety of ways; some are assessed by assignments which may involve working in groups or independently and marked by your teachers using awarding body Criteria.
Some assignments are assessed whilst undertaking practical activities and others are written assignments.
Other modules or qualifications will be assessed using externally marked exams.

How do I get a place on the course?

Entry to the course is dependent upon successful interview and meeting the entry requirements

What are the entry requirements?

Either 4 GCSE passes at grade A*/9 - C/4 to include Maths, English and preferably science; or a relevant Level 2 Diploma in Engineering at a Merit or Distinction grade (and a minimum of Grade C/4 in GCSE Maths and English). Also, an excellent reference or school report followed by a successful selection interview.

What else do I need to know?

If you have a Learning Difference or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.
You will be expected to supply your own stationery such as folders, paper and pens.
You will need to provide appropriate PPE including overalls and boots for the aircraft hangar.
Solihull College offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

What can I do after this course?

Apprenticeships are available in a variety of career roles linked to Design Engineering

You could then move onto a Higher Education Courses such as a BSc Mechanical Engineering or BSc Electronic Engineering available at the College or courses at other universities

Have a question about the course?
Please contact Admissions on 0121 678 7000 with any queries.
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Woodlands Campus




N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds


Full Time