Level 3 Enhanced Engineering Programme Mechanical (Pre-Apprenticeship Course)

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

Course Information

The Enhanced Engineering Programme is a one-year programme, which has been developed to equip learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to enter into a career in the Engineering industry. One of the VRQ route groups will study at our Rhondda Campus

The programme is spread over 5 days of the week (30 hours). The main aims of the Enhanced Engineering Programme are to: progress learners into employment upon completion of the programme; progress learners onto a full apprenticeship in a craft occupation in the Engineering industry. As part of the Enhanced Engineering Programme there will be a work placement within an engineering environment. This will likely take place during half term holidays and arrangements for the placement will be made by the college.

What Will I Learn?

There are 2 different routes available they are either BTEC or VRQ. You would only take 1 route dependent on your entry requirements.

The BTEC route would follow the Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering (RQF). This would mean that there are both external and internal assessments. The BTEC units include: Engineering Principles Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team Engineering Product Design Computer Aided Design in Engineering

The VRQ route would follow the Level 3 Certificate in Engineering Technologies. This also includes both external and internal assessment methods but is a more practical course. The VRQ units include: Environment Health and Safety Mechanical Principles Advanced Turning Mathematics

Both routes would include the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) which makes full use of our sector leading mechanical workshops. In the PEO you would study 6 units including: Producing components using hand fitting techniques Preparing and using lathes for turning operations Preparing and Using milling machines

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE’S A*-C including Maths, English & Science or a Level 2 qualification with the appropriate selection and grades of units. You will also need to pass an entry assessment, which coupled with your GCSE grades, will determine which programme is best for you, e.g., BTEC or VRQ.

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


Your practical competences will be continually assessed and both routes (BTEC and VRQ) will consist of internal and external assessments.


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


One of the VRQ route groups will study at our Rhondda Campus

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Career Progression

  • On successful completion of this course previous learners have progressed into careers in many engineering disciplines. Many learners progress onto level 3 Diplomas in Engineering. There is a clear route through to incorporated and chartered status. Level 3 Diplomas are valued by employers and higher education institutions.? Having developed fundamental practical skills and a basic understanding of Mechanical Engineering concepts, employment opportunities exist in the field of Tool-making, Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering. You will also be encouraged to seek apprenticeships within the relevant industry.


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