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Level 3

Access Diploma in Engineering


The Access Diploma in Engineering is a one-year intensive course designed to give you the knowledge and skills to move into Higher Education.

The Engineering qualification has been designed in order to let you pursue your goals at degree level.

This course will seek to develop you as an independent, confident individual and will look to give you skills that cover all of academic university life, as well as determining where you can go, supporting your progression to Higher Education.

You will also be developing a wide range of academic study skills on the course, from essay writing to using ICT, leading you towards the Independent Academic Study unit, where you will have the chance to experience what producing a dissertation will be like, once you move onto university.


You must be over 19 on the 1st September and must have a minimum GCSE grade C (Grade 4 or above) in Maths, English Language. You will also be invited to an interview with a course teacher, to discuss your individual needs and progression routes.

Universities prefer Access applicants to have gained a reasonable amount of relevant work experience and/or life experience, when they apply for a degree level course. It would be advantageous to your application if you have work experience within the Engineering Industry.

It is important to ensure you will realistically be able to manage the course workload alongside any other commitments in your life. Being a mature student is extremely challenging but also highly rewarding if taken up at the right time and with the right plans and support in place. You will need approximately 30 hours per week (term time) to manage the course workload.


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