Level 3 Certificate in Engineering Technologies

Start (w/c): 06/09/2021 Full Time - To be arranged (09:00 to 16:00) Rhondda

Course Information

The VRQ (Vocationally Related Qualification) focusses on the practical aspects of Engineering. You will learn by completing advanced practical projects and assessments that are based on realistic workplace situations that have been identified in order to operate effectively job roles within the Engineering Sector. You will also study Computer Aided Design (CAD), which enables the learner to have the knowledge and practical skills to create complex drawings including annotations and outputs using multiple view layouts.

You will also complete units of the QPEO Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations at level 2. In addition to these qualifications, you will also study, at an appropriate level, Essential Skills for Work & Life, Communication, Application of Number or GCSE English/Maths.

What Will I Learn?

For the VRQ Certificate, you will study the following units:

• Engineering and Environmental Health and Safety • Mechanical Engineering Principles • Advanced Turning

For the Level 3 Computer Aided Design (CAD) course, you will learn how to fully utilise the CAD software within the model-space and paper-space environment. You will start by generating basic 2D CAD drawings and progress to constructing complex detailed drawings.

For the QPEO Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations, you will complete the following unit: • Producing mechanical engineering drawing

Entry Requirements

Appropriate Level 2 qualification such as a Level 2 in Engineering Technologies.

You will be invited to attend an interview, and will undertake an assessment in literacy and numeracy, to establish any support required.


Assessment methods within the VRQ qualification include an on-screen multiple-choice examination for the mandatory unit and a Centre marked practical and theory assessments for the optional units. The on-screen multiple-choice examination is set by EAL and marked by EAL. The internal assessment is set by EAL and marked by members of the delivery team at the Centre. With regards to the 2D CAD qualification the assessment consists of 2 practical assessments and 1 short answer paper. The assessment is set by C&G and marked by members of the delivery team at the Centre.


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Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study.


You will be required to purchase Uniform (T Shirt and Trousers), safety boots & safety glasses (approx £55). Please discuss this at interview stage with a tutor after you have applied.

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Career Progression

  • Having developed advanced practical skills and a basic understanding of Mechanical Engineering concepts, employment opportunities exist in the field of Tool-making, Aeronautical, Product Design, and Automotive Engineering.


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